Urban Glamour #19

This elegant yet personal home gets the glam factor thanks to its inspiring mix of colour, texture and innovative ideas.

Get the look: The bespoke coffee table is by John Makepeace. This is a Robert Kime standard lamp teamed with a Besselink & Jones shade. Framed on the wall is Neisha Crosland’s hand-embroidered Rocket fabric (now discontinued).

THE PROPERTY

A two-storey, L-shaped house in southwest London, comprising an entrance hall, living room, kitchen, dining room and games room on the ground floor and three bedrooms, three bathrooms, two offices and a playroom on the second floor. There are also two small attic rooms – one a chill out room, the other a guest bedroom suite. Next door, linked via a garage below and roof-terrace garden above, is a three-storey design studio and showroom.

LIVING ROOM 

This elegant and very personal home feels well-travelled and cosy, tucked away behind big double mews doors (complete with the last pair of replacement hinges supplied by a metalworks before it closed down). It’s made up of an L-shaped series of rooms, flowing from one into the other and all looking out on to a large ‘secret garden’ filled with box, olive trees, grasses and herbs.

The site was heavily bombed during the Second World War, and was once a working mews with horses, stables and carriages to service the nearby grand Wandsworth Common houses. With its tall south- and east-facing walls, it feels special and secluded.

The Moroccan-inspired fireplace in the living room (pictured above) makes a glamorous focal point, while the beams make it feel cosy and lend the space visual structure.

Get the look: The mural is by Ian Harper. The antique marble-topped table was brought back from the South of France. The Mercury vessels are from Myriad. The chair is a junk-shop find, reupholstered in Zebra velvet by Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon. The chandelier was found at Lots Road Auctions.

The house displays a striking use of colour, print and texture on tiles, murals and upholstery, bringing depth and space to each room. The mural (pictured above), inspired by a book on Japanese kimonos, is painted around a window and provides a lovely golden glow to the space.

KITCHEN

The kitchen feels fresh, but not clinical, thanks to the mix of sleek, custom-made stainless-steel units, teamed with marble, oak and patterned tiles.

With only modest storage space in the kitchen, shelves are lined with large glass jars filled with pastas, pulses, rice and spices so the cupboards are easier to maintain.

Get the look: The steel cabinetry, door fronts, moulded sinks and freestanding cabinetry were all made to measure by Charlotte Crosland Interiors in collaboration with Alternative Plans. The aged-oak parquet floor was laid by FPS Flooring. For similar splashback tiles, see Neisha Crosland’s Tulia designs for Fired Earth.

DINING ROOM 

This room has little natural light, so choosing to paint the walls in warm brown has made the space dark, but it suits the space and sets off the pictures perfectly.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s London Clay estate emulsion. The poem drawings by Teddy Millington-Drake and panelled mirror are from Charles Saunders.

The old kitchen area was transformed into a wine corner, where all the wine glasses and wine bottles are kept at close hand for dinner parties.

Get the look: The custom-made cabinet with zinc top and crackle-glazed finish is by Ian Harper – concealed behind the doors are dishwashers for the glasses. The vintage sideboard was inherited.

STUDIO

Crittall windows and doors were installed so that all the rooms could look out and open on to the garden.

The Seventies trolley is filled with Indian inks and gouaches.

Get the look: This is the Boby trolley by Joe Colombo for B-LINE. Alongside the moodboard is a length of Rose wallpaper in Nimbus Yellow by Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon. A new design called Tulip can also be seen hanging next to it and on the drawing board.

MASTER EN SUITE 

The mercurised-mirrored doors pick up the pale pistachio of the bedroom walls and make the reflection a calming blue.

Get the look: The marble double-basin and mirrored cupboard were designed by Charlotte Crosland Interiors and made by Nick Hilliard at Redhouse. The ceiling light is by Hector Finch.

MASTER BEDROOM 

Lots of soft fabric and mirrors create nice acoustics in bedrooms and bathrooms, while dimmable lighting helps too – it makes everything feel more gentle and relaxing.

The walls are a peaceful pastel shade, which makes this room feel relaxed.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Calm Green chalky emulsion from the Tenth Collection by Francesca’s Paints. The custom-made headboard is hand-embroidered. The Indian silver-nickel bedside table was found at Guinevere Antiques. The curtain is made from Indian woven silk, left over from a range of scarves.

COURTYARD 

The balustrades on the balcony were inspired by the spiral staircase in the Paris apartment of renowned French interior designer Madeleine Castaing.

Get the look: These are Tom Vac outdoor chairs by Ron Arad for Vitra. The concrete table is embedded with pebbles and was created by British artist Rachel Schwalm.

For more info about home owner Neisha’s design work, visit neishacrosland.com.

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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