Urban Glamour #12

With its rock star-meets-manor house mood, this family home is a celebration of luxe grandeur

Get the look: The chairs are by Brissi via The Mint List Interior Design. The ottoman is from sofa.com. The cushion on the floor is by Timorous Beasties. The artwork – bought online – is by an unknown artist. The small print on the mantelpiece is by Pure Evil.


The ground-floor apartment of a Hertfordshire manor house. There is an open-plan living/dining room, kitchen, master bedroom, children’s bedroom, family bathroom, dressing room, utility room and WC.


Inside this incredible architectural framework is a surprisingly cosy, family feel.

Interior designer Camilla Kelly, who runs The Mint List Interior Design, came on board to add a glamorous filter to this rambling country pile. The rooms are full of architectural flourishes added by Sir John Soane in the 18th century, so she sourced pieces that exude a grandeur that fits in with the surroundings – but without going all “National Trust”.

In the living room, previous design eras are toasted in style. Moody blues and pale greys highlight the graceful outlines of mid-century armchairs, pictured above. 

Get the look: The Seventies brass étagère was imported from Holland and the Fifties German side chairs were reupholstered, all via The Mint List Interior Design.

The central space is an open-plan living room with a dining area, united and softened with rich velvets, a gleaming étagère (pictured above) and layers of lush curtains.


Large-scale Tom Dixon pendants add a sense of drama to the dining space that suits the high proportions.

Get the look: The dining table is by Ligne Roset. The vintage dining chairs were imported from Norway and upholstered in vintage leather by The Mint List Interior Design. The drawings are by Barry Daniels, while the artwork on the far left is by Neil Gall. The flowers are by Love Flowers.


The entrance and hallway were designed by Sir John Soane, adapting the previous Georgian architecture.


An old-school Aga sits inside an original hearth.

Get the look: The lights were bought via The Mint List Interior Design. Head to Aga for a range cooker.


The mid century Eames lounge chair makes a perfect transition to this grand space. The room’s proportions are matched by a tall French mirror.

Get the look: Find the Eames lounge chair and ottoman for Vitra at Heal’s. This is a Jacaranda rug. The mirror is from Gloss Reclaim. The limited-edition artwork, called Reggae Soundsystem, is by American artist Maya Hayuk.

The height and grandeur of this bedroom creates a luxe suite atmosphere.

Get the look: The printed ottoman is from sofa.com. The side chairs, curtains and headboard are from The Mint List Interior Design. The side tables are from Zara Home. Find a print of Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe screenprint at allposters.co.uk.


The children’s zone is a vast nursery space for kids to share, rather than being divided up into smaller, separate rooms. To avoid the space feeling like a draughty Victorian dormitory, Camilla defined three cosy spaces with scaled-up headboards and a cool illuminated initial over each bed. A shared play area is there for when they want to hang out together.

Double-height headboard pinboards with illuminated initials for the children personalise this large shared space and help soften the whole room.

Get the look: The bespoke headboard panels with lights are by The Mint List Interior Design, using Barneby Gates fabric. The storage is from Great Little Trading Co. The rug is from Rockett St George. The bed linen is from Smallable. Find similar bedroom furniture at M&S.

A central play zone works for the kids and their friends, while beds feel like more personal spaces.

Get the look: The rug is from Heal’s. The star light is from The Mint List Interior Design.


The mirror-on-a-mirror is a clever detail. It just reminds you that you’re in a period property, but with mixed with a modern eye.

Get the look: The basin and shower are from Heritage Bathrooms. The smaller mirror is an antique Venetian design from The Mint List Interior Design. The Tarovine wallpaper, soap dispenser and tumbler are by House of Hackney.


The house’s grand entrance, designed by Sir John Soane, is the architectural star, with stately Ionic pillars that were prototypes for his design for the Bank of England.

Given its Grade II-listed status, the owners have ‘left the architecture to speak for itself.’ After all, with a house like this, you feel as if you’re looking after it for the next generation.

Check out The Mint List Interior Design at themintlist.com

Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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