URBAN GLAMOUR #35

Living upside down – with bedrooms at the bottom and living spaces at the top – means the best of both worlds for the owners of this glamorous mews house

THE PROPERTY

A mews house in north London on five levels. In the basement there is the childrens’ room, a guest room, utility room and a shower room. On the upper ground floor sits the main bedroom and ensuite bathroom. On the first floor there is the kitchen, study and a loo, while the living area and another loo is on the second floor above which is a roof terrace.

HALLWAY

As you walk through the modest entrance hall (pictured top), there’s little more than a discreet stairway to entice you to explore further. But take those few steps upwards and a whole wealth of gorgeousness awaits.

LIVING AREA

This north London mews home hides a surprising amount of space.

And while the configuration of the house is upside down, with the living area on the top floor, the wall of windows boasts an incredible view of the skyline.

Get the look: The reupholstered vintage armchair is from Niche.

The design is owed to interior designer Jo Berryman, who came on board initially to transform the basement from two ensuite bedrooms into one big space for children to play. The basement redesign was such a success that it seemed mad not to use her for the rest of the house.

The 12-month revamp experience was a tight, efficient process, and what remains is a spectacularly beautiful home that’s both comfortable and indulgent.

Get the look: This is the Ostrich Feather lamp from A Modern Grand Tour. The vintage leather armchairs are by Paco Rabanne from Valerie Wade. The patchwork rug is from The Rug Company. The Chinese artwork, sourced from 1stdibs.com, is a 19th-century charcoal rubbing on rice paper.

The huge black and white artwork and Arco floor lamp were left by the previous owners.

Get the look: The sofa is covered in House of Hackney’s Palmeral velvet in Midnight/Azure and Midnight/Green.

The house is teeming with sharp ideas that maximise its appeal.

And despite there being tons of stairs to deal with, there is an essential WC on every level. Clever thinking!

KITCHEN

The original units and island were upcycled by respraying the cupboard doors and replacing the worktops with marble.

Get the look: The cabinetry was spray-painted in Farrow & Ball’s Oval Room Blue eggshell. The vintage stools are from Ormston Saint. The flagstone floor is by Stone Age.

DINING AREA

The feature wallpaper is composed of ink blots dropped on to rice paper.

Get the look: This is Porter Teleo’s Fluidity wallpaper. The Saarinen dining table and Saarinen Executive armless chairs are by Knoll.

CHILDRENS’ ROOM

This light-filled space in the basement is shared by two youngsters.

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MASTER BEDROOM

Even though the master bedroom is naturally dark, it has metamorphosed into a sensual boudoir that’s so inviting, you might never want to leave.

The wall is covered with a bespoke metallic finish by Jo Berryman Studio in collaboration with Marco Polo Decor.

Get the look: This is CTO Lighting’s Orb pendant. The Platner coffee table is by Warren Platner for Knoll. This is the Shear wall light by Bert Frank.

Jo Berryman intentionally made it a glamorous, grown-up space.

Get the look: This is a classic Eames lounge chair.

MASTER ENSUITE

Even the bathroom has Berryman’s glamorous touch.

Get the look: This is the Spoon bath by Benedini Associati for Agape. Find a similar rattan hanging chair at Graham and Green.

See more of Jo Berryman’s work at joberryman.com

Photography/Paul Massey

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