Urban Glamour #15

Personality prevails in this elegant family home, thanks to statement pieces, dramatic groupings and plenty of wit and whimsy

Get the look: The Fifties chandelier is from Brownrigg. The Howe sofa is upholstered in a J Robert Scott stripe and dressed with Skull cushions by Tracey Boyd for Aboydbazaar.  This is a Bertoia Diamond chair by Harry Bertoia for Knoll.

THE PROPERTY

A six-storey townhouse in west London, built in 1843. The basement includes the owners’ studios. On the ground floor is a living room, family room and kitchen/diner. The first floor has a conservatory studio, drawing room, library and WC. The master bedroom, dressing room, master en suite and shower room are on the second floor, with two guest bedrooms, a bathroom and laundry room up above. There is a self-contained apartment in the loft. 

DRAWING ROOM

The scheme the drawing room (pictured above) is straightforward, but sophisticated.

A collection of objects and photography lend a modest, but personal touch to each space.

Bold photography and artwork help bring depth and texture to a scheme.

Get the look: The artwork includes the ceramic Blouse in Cream sculpture by Kaori Tatebayashi and Pearly King, a photograph by the owner’s husband. See more of his work at henrybourne.com.

LIBRARY

When the expansive property was bought, it comprised a series of flats that had been badly converted in the Forties and it was to take two years for the owner – and the help of architect Alex Michaelis – to turn it back into a luxurious family abode.

Removing the stud walls and ill-fitting staircases and restoring original features, such as the parquet floors and cornicing, revealed a clean backdrop of double-height ceilings and all-white surfaces. It also enabled them to open up the house, ushering in floods of light and exposing views of a garden square on one side and a terrace on the other.

Get the look: For unusual wood ladders, try Lassco. The vintage clock face is from Patricia Harvey at Alfies Antique Market. The 18th-century easel is believed to have belonged to the painter Whistler. Visit Green & Stone for an antique piece like this. Beside the easel is a Smoke chair by Maarten Baas for Moooi. The vintage glass chandelier in the background is from Maison Artefact.

The house’s old-fashioned bones are teamed with contemporary aesthetics.

The ladder, salvaged from an old postal sorting office in Liverpool, inspired this space. The clock face, found in a junk shop, has been hung as it would have been despite parts being missing.

HALL

Pooches have space to snuggle beneath a carefully curated collection of artwork and found objects. 

Get the look: This is the Aspen two-door wall unit by Habitat. The photographs hanging on the wall are from Paolo Patrizi’s Starling series. The portrait by an unknown artist entitled Diana with Dog was found at Josephine Ryan Antiques. Source similar vintage bird cages at Etsy.

KITCHEN

An unpolished brass tap found on eBay pretty much defines the architectural aesthetic. Raw materials change over time and take on such a lovely glow. This style sums up the look throughout this family home, which is warm and welcoming, but glamorous and grown-up too.

In the kitchen, marble and unlacquered brass mix seamlessly.

FAMILY ROOM

An inviting pink velvet sofa adds a pop of needed colour.

Get the look: The George Smith sofas are upholstered in Varese cotton velvet in Fuchsia by Designers Guild, left, and George Smith’s Tweed linen in Black, centre. This is the Traccia table by Méret Oppenheim for Cassina. Check out City Cows for a similar rug.

LIVING ROOM

The double-aspect space spans the width of the house and benefits from light streaming in from both sides. 

Get the look: The Incurable Romantic Seeks Dirty Filthy Whore artwork is by Harland Miller. The Soft Wood chair is by Veronika Wildgruber, available at Mint. Find a similar vintage wall sconce at 1stdibs.com.

Modern art mixed with vintage portraits and antique ceramics creates another stunning display.

Get the look: The painting is by Caragh Thuring. See more of her work at Thomas Dane Gallery. The ceramics are from Alfies Antique Market. The vintage print is from Maison Artefact. For a floral still life, try artfinder.com.

STAIRWELL

A subtle hit of pink continues the colour palette from downstairs up and into the bedrooms. 

Get the look: The artwork on the wall is Edgar Allan Poe (1809 1849) by Harland Miller from White Cube. The roller blind was made by Surface View using a Valentine’s Day image. The Neon Deko stick light is from The Conran Shop. The antique chinoiserie chair is from Retrouvius.

CLOAKROOM

The smallest room in the house still features some big decorating ideas, such as this eye-catching wallpaper.

There’s wild wallpaper in the cloakroom and a basin made from a fire bucket that once lived in a royal palace.

Much of the brassware was sourced from junk shops, which although a cheaper way to buy pieces, often doesn’t go down well with tradesmen who notoriously hate fitting something out of the ordinary. It pays to be tenacious.

Get the look: This is Fornasetti Malachite wallpaper by Cole & Son. The fire bucket is from rubylane.com. The mirror is a junk-shop find from France. Try Graham and Green for similar. The brass towel rail is from Drummonds.

MASTER EN SUITE

To create a sense of flow from here to the adjoining bedroom, the blind was made from the same fabric that was used for the bedroom canopy, below.

Get the look: The blind is made up in Lorca’s Floratina damask by Osborne & Little. The reclaimed Victorian tub is from Drummonds. This is the Circus pendant by Corinna Warm for Innermost at The Conran Shop.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedrooms grand, yet intimate, and beautifully blends antique pieces with modern fabrics and wallpaper.

Get the look: The Scottish landscapes once belonged to the owner’s father. Christie’s holds regular auctions of fine British paintings. This is Large Georgian Rope Trellis wallpaper by Cole & Son. The coronet was bought at auction and restored by Peter Thuring. This is the Louis Zinc side table by John Reeves at Heal’s.

To see more of this interior designer’s work, visit harrietanstruther.com. Architect Alex Michaelis can be contacted at michaelisboyd.com

Photography/ Paul Raeside

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