Urban Glamour #25

This period property was brought back into the 21st century with a sensitive restoration that blends Seventies glamour, mid-century cool and a flamingo or two…

Get the look: This is the Peaks rug by Paul Smith for The Rug Company. The white vases are Sven, left, and Belly, right, by Jonathan Adler. The feather swan is from Graham and Green. The Milo Baughman Seventies chair was found on Istdibs.com.


A Georgian terraced house in a conservation area in south London. On the lower-ground floor is a kitchen-diner, play room, bathroom and utility room. The ground floor comprises a living room and study. The master bedroom suite and dressing room are on the first floor and the children’s bedroom and a family bathroom are on the second floor.


For any lover of Georgian architecture, this period gem in a quiet south London conservation area, with mature garden, high ceilings, big windows, large rooms and plenty of original features, sets pulses racing.

The lovely arched frame on the wall (pictured top) was crying out for a mirror, so it was fitted with antiqued mirror cut into squares. The drinks cabinet was made bespoke using the same chestnut as the dining table top, but with a high-gloss finish. The doors are concealed and inside it’s painted bright colours – all quite fun.

Get the look: The FlamingoRama print is by Aida at Nelly Duff. These are Mr. and Mrs. vases by Jonathan Adler. The Ultime Notizie candle is by Fornasetti.

The property needed quite a lot of TLC, but after much restoration the house now wears its history with panache.

Think Rio carnival staged in Jane Austen’s house… You’re close. A flamingo print perches on an original Georgian fireplace and cushion covers in zingy Brazilian fabric brighten up the elegant living room. Elsewhere are plates adorned with macaws, lush plants, gold pineapple side tables and design classic chairs boasting their original, vivid upholstery.

Get the look: The walls and ceiling are painted in, from bottom up, Lamp Room Gray, Cornforth White and Great White estate emulsions, all by Farrow & Ball. The sofa is by Piero Lissoni for Cassina. The cushion fabric is by Brazilian designer Adriana Barra. The coffee table was found in a Parisian flea market.

Before the zingy fabrics and vintage one-offs could rev up the rooms, though, the house had to be refurbished.

The starting point was to enhance the Georgian shell – the cornicing, fireplaces and shutters. Then came the fun bit – mixing in some Seventies retro style and mid-century design.

A lot of original features were reinstated, especially on the upper two floors, but as the house is listed there could be no radical structural changes.


This space at the front of the house is painted a deep blue. This room really suits a dark colour.

Get the look: This desk is a vintage Arne Vodder design. The desk chair with hopsack upholstery is the original EA108, by Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller. The walls are painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The hare is from Graham and Green.


The original kitchen was kept the same, but cabinets were given a new lick of paint.

Get the look: The cabinets are painted in Lichen estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The plates are Royal Doulton in collaboration with graffiti artist Nick Walker. The birds on perches are from Graham and Green. The ashtrays behind the Aga are from Milk Concept Boutique.

Get the look: The cabinets are painted in Lichen estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball.


This extension had already been added to the house, but new steel-framed windows and glazing was installed for a more modern edge.

The dining table was made bespoke using chestnut wood, mounted on a steel frame sprayed a vibrant green.

Get the look: The window frames and doors were made by Fabco. These are Ercol Windsor chairs.

The floating copper unit in the dining area was also made bespoke and really warms up the space.

Guests can grab a drink here before relaxing on the sofa or spilling into the garden.

Get the look: The window frames and doors were made by Fabco. These are Ercol Windsor chairs.


The first floor was converted to become a master suite, with a bedroom at the back. The room uses a warm, darker palette, but with pops of bright colour.

Get the look: The bed and Rossini headboard are by The Sofa & Chair Company. The Cassis Rose pink bedlinen is from The Linen Works. This is the Nixon alpaca throw by Jonathan Adler. The Cable Yellow rug is by The Rug Company. The Golden Pineapple table is by Graham and Green. The walls are in Elephant’s Breath estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.


The wardrobes were made bespoke. The top cupboards appear to float above a high-gloss oak mid-rail.

Get the look: The ottoman, covered in Raoul Serafina Cayenne fabric, is by George Smith. The chair is by Swedish designer Prince Sigvard Bernadotte.


The bathroom is functional, but packs a punch too.

Get the look: This is Nautilus wallpaper by Cole & Son. The bath is from Bette. The bath surround is tiled in Via Arkadia tiles. The basin is from Cielo. The mirrored vanity unit is bespoke.

For more info about the architect’s design work, visit nickleithsmith.com

Photography ⁄ Sarah Hogan

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