Urban Glamour #21

It’s not just its location that makes this home special – the dazzling array of luxe finishes gives the place an ultra-glam look.

Get the look: The garden was landscaped by Alexander Armstrong Garden Design. For an updated version of this outdoor chair, see the Ixtapa at CB2.


An extended six-storey Georgian terrace in Portobello Road in west London. The lower-ground floor has a kitchen, dining area, family room, WC and guest bedroom suite, with a cinema/playroom in the basement. The ground floor has a living room and TV room plus an anteroom that leads to a courtyard garden. On the first floor is the master suite and a study. The kids’ bedrooms and a utility room are on the second floor and a further bedroom, bathroom and WC are above.


A 19th-century advertisement on a now listed wall provides a historic backdrop for the sheltered raised terrace (pictured above).  The challenge was to create a calm environment that doesn’t impinge on the presence of the wall. Simple, shady plants are kept to a minimum, so there’s space for all to roam and a glazed area allows light to flood the family room below.


Faux panelling with a contemporary finish and rich oak flooring lead to the courtyard garden, where a glass skylight looks down into the family room.

Get the look: The starburst mirror is from Talisman and the vintage chairs are from Absolute Flowers & Home. The raw silk wall covering by Phillip Jeffries was sourced by Carden Cunietti.


Silk, gold leaf, copper and oak form the warm base notes of this rich scheme. Layers of similar textures were then added.

This home positively glows with raw silk, gold leaf, plush velvet, copper, iridescent lighting, layers of teal and rich oak. But it’s done in the best possible taste – an exercise in elegance and burnished beauty – with not a hint of bling in sight.

Get the look: The blue and gold wall covering is Fromental. This Simplified Crillon leather chair is by Soane Britain and the velvet design is the Small Snooze chair by Ochre. The coffee table is from Carden Cunietti, which also made the bespoke bookcases. The central light and side table were sourced by Absolute Flowers & Home.

Eleanora Cunietti of Carden Cunietti helped track down design gems and was behind creating the layered, eclectic look, while further finishing touches came from Hayley Newstead at Absolute Flowers & Home.

As a result, the living room is a jewel of a space, mellow, with the gleam of gold, copper and crystal set against intense teal. A hand-painted Fromental wall covering combines gold and teal while period pieces add glamour elsewhere.

This gilt-edged and richly layered home draws together artwork, lights and designs of understated elegance to weave a compelling story.

It’s fitting that the house overlooks Portobello Road, that mecca for seekers of the rare and esoteric. The roof terrace is a perfect spot for people watching, as shoppers wend their way to and from the market, while a glazed ceiling over the staircase to the family room provides a huge window on to the world. Every time you go downstairs, you get a snapshot of west London street life – a constant flux of interesting people and fashion, 365 days a year.


An open-plan kitchen-diner flowing into a family room now forms the hub of the house. Light floods down in a row of windows and glazed portions of ceiling. The fluid Shine light, formed of layers of slender steel chain, makes a statement above the dining table. With its diaphanous curtains of steel chains, it sort of casts a kind of spell over anyone who’s a sucker for tassels and fringing.


Get the look: The Shine Chain light is by Luminara. Find recent work by Marine Hugonnier at the Max Wigram Gallery. This kitchen is by Boffi. The dining table is from B&B Italia. The Catifa 46 chairs by Arper are available at nest.co.uk. Chantal’s island worktop is made from Pietra Del Cardoso limestone. Try Decorium for similar work surfaces.

Two vast, atmospheric photographs by Marine Hugonnier add to the expansive feel. And, of course, they hold a hidden story. The seascapes (called Wednesday S and Thursday S) depict the point where 16th-century Portuguese navigators first spotted the Brazilian mainland at dusk (focusing on a tall, rounded mountain now named Monte Pascoal).


The original balustrade retains the home’s period character, but the mosaic tiles are a glam update. They redraw a classic black and white pattern, but with a gorgeously modern iridescence. The slim console table was sourced from Buenos Aires. It’s perfectly crafted and just the right fit for this space.

Get the look: The round mirror is from Vincenzo Caffarella at Alfies Antique Market. The console (and the lamp in the anteroom, beyond) was sourced by Absolute Flowers & Home. The artwork on the wall, called Flow/silvered, is by Chuck Elliott at Catto Gallery. The skateboard is from Slick Willies.


The sofa was picked for its sensible, washable cover – essential for busy family life with pets. The staircase has an entirely glazed sloping roof above it, letting light flood down to this basement space used for hanging out.

Get the look: The sofa is by Minotti. For a similar rug, head to The Rug Company. The cushions are by Missoni Home. The table lamp is from Vincenzo Caffarella at Alfies Antique Market. The robot is from The Conran Shop.


In the bedroom, a leather headboard has a subtle, floral cutout design that’s a great choice for this room as it doesn’t detract from the impact of the walls, but still adds detail.

Get the look: The headboard, bed, bedside cabinets, cupboards and brassware are all bespoke designs by Carden Cunietti. These are Amber Tree Lights by Alison Berger Lightworks. The tieback is from riad El Fenn. For similar curtain fabric, try Designers Guild. The bedcover is made in Mulberry Home’s Meadow silk in Teal. The Giacometti Bed End bench is by Porta Romana, re-covered by Absolute Flowers & Home. The shoe boxes are from Stuart Weitzmann and Avenue 32


Get the look: The headboard, bed, bedside cabinets, cupboards and brassware are all bespoke designs by Carden Cunietti. These are Amber Tree Lights by Alison Berger Lightworks.

Opposite, wardrobes are covered in the same shade for a cohesive look.


Tiny mother-of-pearl detailing on the drawer fronts and the oval Agape bath soften the masculine, bitter chocolate coloured Italian marble.

Get the look: The marble slabs are from Stone Age and the bespoke unit with mother-of-pearl drawers is by Carden Cunietti. This bath and basin are by Agape. The Lotus Flower wall lights are by Valerie Wade. The Hamman towel is by Khadi and Co at The Conran Shop, which also supplied the back brush.


The scheme picks up on all things solar and lunar, but without being too obviously themed.

Get the look: The Dandelion light is by Richard Hutten for Moooi.  Try Aspace for a similar high-sleeper bed. 

Contact Carden Cunietti at carden-cunietti.com. Learn more about Absolute Flowers & Home at absoluteflowersandhome.com. 

Photography / Richard Powers

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