Urban Glamour #3

This glammed-up, sensual apartment boasts moody lighting, sparkly finishes and a relaxed vibe.

Get the look: The juju hat was brought back from 
the States – find similar at Rockett St George. The woodwork is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Studio Green estate eggshell darkened with black. The Art Deco horse-head lamp base was found in a Parisian flea market.


A ground-floor apartment in a converted manor house in Berkshire, built in 1910, comprising a living room, kitchen, dining area, three bedrooms, two bathrooms and 
a cloakroom.

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This gloriously unique apartment swerves from the conventional route. From the extraordinary wallpaper used throughout (mimicking croc and cheetah skin, mirrors and satin drapes) and the pimped-up antiques to the warm, woody perfume from scented candles, this place is part punk rock, part sensual retreat.

The tactile, crocodile-print vinyl on the ceiling and facing wall makes a dramatic first impression.


The interiors are eclectic and have evolved over time. There’s an edge to it, but it’s also very dark, cosy and womb-like. To prevent the palette feeling oppressive, layers of texture have been woven in, with plenty of reflective surfaces and luxe finishes. Even the ceilings feature bold wallpapers.

The original embossed ceiling has darker layers of paint applied on top and 
is finished with a light-reflecting glaze that looks almost like it’s waxed. The mirrored wall in the living room is actually a wallpaper. The light reflection adds another dimension.

Get the look: The Art Deco Ibex table lamps were bought in the US. This is Antique Mirror wallpaper from the Mariinsky Damask collection at Cole & Son. The sofas are upholstered in Rubelli velvet and faux- alligator-skin fabric from Altfield. The zebra-print fabric used for the cushion is by Abbott & Boyd.

The original details, such as the embossed ceiling in the living room, are dressed in deep tones and the moody palette creates the perfect backdrop for unique finds and offbeat furniture. Hanging on 
the wall above the original Peacock chair is a stag’s head, which has been mirrored.

Get the look: The ceiling 
is painted in Brinjal estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The Peacock chair was found at an antiques fair. The sheepskin rug is from Bowron Sheepskins. The candleholders, lanterns and illuminated tree are all from Graham and Green.


The wallpapers, which trick the eye, bounce light around and bring lashings of personality 
and humour.

Above the splashback tiles is some eye-tricking velvet flock wallpaper 
that has an almost 3-D effect.

Get the look: This is 
Drape wallpaper from the Geometric collection at Cole & Son. The bar stools were bought in a junk 
shop and revamped 
with Altfield leather.

Another bold wallpaper leads your gaze to the dining area, beyond.

Get the look: The ocelot-print wallpaper 
on the ceiling and lining the arch is Pantanal by Osborne & Little. The candle is by Diptyque.


Zingy tones have been used sparingly to invigorate this scheme without throwing 
it off balance. A flash of fluoro brightens this boudoir and livens up a dark palette. The bed is vintage and was found on top of 
a house in Morocco and has received many licks of paint in bold, neon colours over the years. The neon paint is actually car paint from Halfords.

Get the look: Buy this exact bed from Pedlars Place, or for a similar bed, try the Victorian Brass Bedstead Company. The French wardrobe was bought at the Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair.


This teenager’s room features antique furniture, picked up here and there and painted a cool grey.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Pavilion Gray estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The vintage furniture, sourced from Pedlars Place, is painted in Manor House Gray estate eggshell, also by Farrow & Ball.

The dressing table is topped with croc wallpaper, covered with glass.

Get the look: Walls painted in Pavilion Gray, Farrow & Ball. All furniture, Pedlar’s Place, painted in Manor House Gray, Farrow & Ball.


The cheetah-print wallpaper is very Bet Lynch – it’s been used floor to ceiling with a great effect.

Get the look: For similar wallpaper, check out Graham & Brown. The 
Art Deco mirror was bought at the Newark Antiques & Collectors Fair.

Photography ⁄ Alexander James

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