Urban Glamour #30

This house renovation coincided with the arrival of twins, but that didn’t stop the owners creating a home that’s packed with personality and original ideas

Get the look This is the Gentry sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso. The pendant is from Alfies Antique Market. This is the Pasmore armchair by Gordon Guillaumier for Minotti. The artwork, called In a Different Place, is by David Caines.


A late-Victorian, five-storey terrace in northwest London. On the lower- ground floor is a kitchen/breakfast room, family room and conservatory. On the ground floor is a living/dining area and WC. The master bedroom suite spans the whole first floor. The second floor comprises two bedrooms and a bathroom, while on the top floor is another bedroom suite, a study and terrace.

Deciding they were too busy to take on the project themselves, the owners approached Graz Darken to do the interior design after seeing her work in Livingetc [Interior designer, Graz’s home was featured in the September 2015 issue]. They had initially bought this striking terrace in a desirable part of northwest London to give them more space after deciding to try for another child. Structurally, the building was pretty sorted – an interior designer had lived here for 15 years and taken on the major changes. But the décor looked well worn and the pair wanted to put their own stamp on things.

This is a family home that is used and enjoyed, but the owners were keen to not stick to the obvious. The lower- ground level is where they hang out with the children as a family to play, cook and eat, but the living room is the couple’s space to relax in after the children have gone to bed.


This room has a great combination of calmness and quirkiness. It is filled with art, heirlooms and other things that are special to the owners. From the cabinet with its stuffed owl and collection of vintage soda siphons to the trinkets scattered on various surfaces and the pick ’n’ mix of contemporary and aged furniture, it all somehow just works. Even the art choices are out-there.

Get the look The bespoke black cabinet is by Slices London.

A mix of accessories means there’s something eye-catching at every turn.


The neutral colours and natural materials make this room a peaceful space. Even though the owners knew what they liked, designer, Graz encouraged them to consider things they’d never have thought about, such as the 20th-century pendant.Antique Victorian portraits sit opposite vintage surveyor’s tools and ethnic art, while a specially commissioned painting by artist David Caines dominates the living area.

Get the look The dining table is a bespoke collaboration between Pinch and Slices London. The set of Medea dining chairs by Vittorio Nobili and Norman Cherner armchairs were all sourced from Midcentury East. This is a Serge Mouille pendant from Tanguy Rolin


Get the look This is the Circus pendant by Corinna Warm for Innermost at The Conran Shop. These are Eames DSW side chairs for Vitra.

The interior designer, Graz, used pieces of furniture that the owners already had and completely remodelled them.


The kitchen sits at one end of the open-plan family area and serves as the gathering spot for all. Even though the kitchen is a practical area, the owners wanted it to look stylish – the colours, art and furnishings all help. It’s now become the hub of the house.

Get the look This is the Home table by Barber & Osgerby for Isokon Plus at Twentytwentyone. The kitchen units are from Ikea. The Nordic Nest rug is from Scandinavian Design Center.


The wall is coated in blackboard paint, so the kids can get creative.

Get the look The sofa is a Fifties Danish design from a vintage shop. This is the Rocker chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Modernica at SCP. This is the Favourite Things pendant by Chen Karlsson for ENOstudio at The Conran Shop.


The upholstered headboard really packs a punch against the calm surroundings.

Get the look The bed was designed by Slices London, including its headboard upholstered in Birdbranch Velvet Panel fabric by Timorous Beasties. This is a Mod 265 wall light by Paolo Rizzatto for Arteluce.

Behind the plush surface, the headboard conceals hidden shelving.

Elegant drapes frame the huge windows.

Get the look The armchairs are from Midcentury East. The artwork is from the Retrato series by Ángeles Agrela.


Get the look The bespoke vanity unit is by Slices London. These are Strap mirrors by Hay from Twentytwentyone.

Much of the original bathroom was kept in tact. The owners added their personality with distinctive extras, such as art and accessories.


One of the smallest rooms in the house gets a major makeover courtesy of some funky wallpaper and boldly painted woodwork.

Get the look This is Union wallpaper by Timorous Beasties. The woodwork is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green estate eggshell. The tiles and basin are from Fired Earth.

See more of Graz Darken’s interior design projects at sliceslondon.com

Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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