Urban Glamour #41

Warehouse living that’s girly and glamorous? Yes, it can be done. The proof is in this industrial space that’s more gold than grit...

Get the look: The magazine storage is from SCP. The curtains are Designers Guild. Cleo worked with the builders on the design of the low shelf.


A two-storey warehouse conversion in west London. There is an open-plan living and dining area, a kitchen with terrace, plus a WC/shower room on the lower floor. Upstairs is the master bedroom with a dressing area, the bathroom and a spare bedroom.


The two-bedroom conversion is on a still-slightly-rough-around-the-edges patch of west London.

This won’t be everyone’s idea of warehouse living. People walk in expecting to see a completely stark, industrial space. Instead, it’s very feminine and girly – with more gold than grit.

Get the look: The curtains and Saraille wallpapers are from Designers Guild. The sofa is from loaf.com. The flooring is Dinesen. The pink aluminium and LED light is by Alexander Owen Architecture. The vintage chair is recovered in faux suede.

It makes an unexpected dynamic between the loft-like frame and a softer, decorative side.

Get the look: This is the Libri shelf by Swedese. The curtains and Saraille wallpaper are from Designers Guild. The flooring is Dinesen.

Architectural elements are the crucial foil to these punchy pastel shades, and give a fresh zing to the space. The architects gave the intersecting steels of the building coats of rich purple and turquoise and also created a triangulated light fixture for the vaulted living area. This centerpiece has a hint of Eighties Top Of The Pops installations – but in a good way – with LEDs set into a candy pink aluminium framework.

Get the look: The sofa is from loaf.com, custom-upholstered in fabric from Designers Guild. The cabinet was bought at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea (decorativefair.com). The two fairground panels on the wall are from The Old Cinema. The glass pendants are from Heal’s.


Because of the warehouse setting, it felt right to include some concrete in the design, so the home owner settled on a wraparound wall and ceiling in the dining area, where its set against circus panels and bold pop art-feel pieces by artists including Anna Hymas and Ellie Howitt. As a result, the grey is more about adding texture than drowning out the colour. In addition, Dinesen flooring throughout helps smooth the rough edges.

Get the look: The artwork is by Ellie Howitt. The wallpaper is by Designers Guild. The chair is vintage. The flooring is Dinesen. The pendant is from Heal’s. The fairground panel is from The Old Cinema.


A structural steel in bold turquoise intersects industrial textures and fittings, while artworks help soften things up.

Get the look: The painting is by Anna Hymas. The kitchen island was from Peppermill Antiques.

The kitchen is unfussy without being ultra sterile. The starting point for the kitchen style was the vintage stainless steel island from a bakery.

Get the look: The kitchen is from John Lewis Of Hungerford. The island is from Peppermill Antiques. The shelving is by Alexander Owen Architecture. The flooring throughout is Dinesen.

The bespoke shelves are made from scaffold clamps and faux scaffold boards, and sport a coral-shade trim that’s prettier than the building-site versions. The worktop, sink, upstand and splashback are in stainless steel.

Get the look: The shelving is bespoke. The neon-trim chopping boards are from Pedlars.


Inset shelving nooks – even the undersides of the staircase treads – get the colour treatment.

Get the look: The painting is by James Aldridge.


Although a glass wall allows a sense of flow between upstairs and downstairs, each floor has a distinct mood. The downstairs areas is all about bright shades set against the rawer side of the industrial architecture, whereas upstairs feels more escapist.

Get the look: The bed is vintage French. The light is by Lee Broom. The wallpaper is Designers Guild. The bedside table was from Alfies Antique Market. Wild & Wolf does a turquoise Trim phone.

It’s still colourful, but is a little more glam, with gold taps and handles in the bathroom, while hinges, switches, bolts and Lee Broom lights in the bedroom give off a special gleam.

The bedroom overlooks the living area, the slice of glass intersected by purple steels and shiny golden bolts.

Get the look: The bed is vintage French. The light is by Lee Broom. The wallpaper is Designers Guild. The bedside table was from Alfies Antique Market. Wild & Wolf does a turquoise Trim phone.


The wallpaper adds to the bathroom’s tropical cruise vibe, complete with porthole window.

Get the look: The bath is from Drummonds, custom painted. The wallpaper is by Matthew Williamson.

Bathroom fittings and taps are gold, but without being too bling.

Get the look: The brassware is from Vola. The mirror is vintage.


The shoe wardrobe was made bespoke.

Get the look: The storage is by Alexander Owen Architecture. The dressing table and stool are vintage. The ceiling lights are by Lee Broom.

Alexander Own Architecture is at aoarchitecture.co.uk

Photography / Paul Massey

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