Design Project: Explore A Grand, Art-Filled Victorian House in London’s Holland Park

A grand Victorian house in London's Holland Park has been re-designed by Studio Indigo after the owner's children had flown the nest. The result is a new layout with bright, open spaces that can still be enjoyed by extended family, while beautifully showcasing the owners' exquisite collection of art and antiques...

Get the look: The walls are covered with Venetian polished plaster. These are the small oak wall lights by Cox London.

PROPERTY

A grand Victorian house in London’s Holland Park has been re-designed by Studio Indigo after the owner’s children had flown the nest. Spanning 12,000 square feet, the stunning home has been completely reconfigured with a new layout, and fresh interiors. The owners bought the property in the seventies when it was  made up of five flats, and they knocked the flats into one house and added an extension at the back. However, the extension didn’t really connect with the rest of the property, and the layout felt disjointed.

Studio Indigo were tasked to dramatically yet sensitively transform this grand Victorian house into a home where the owners could enjoy the next chapter of their lives. The designers removed a secondary staircase, creating more emphasis on the main staircase in the entrance lobby, and they also created a better, smoother flow into the house’s new extension, which used to be a more awkward and unused space. The Studio Indigo designers also reorganised the layout of the rooms, and moved the main living spaces to the back of the house, overlooking the private garden, while still keeping a fluid connection with the front, north facing rooms on the street side of the house. This created a better sense of cohesion between the old and new parts of the building.

The result is a new layout with bright, open spaces that can still be enjoyed by extended family, while beautifully showcasing the owners’ exquisite collection of art and antiques.

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ENTRANCE HALL

Studio Indigo’s first challenge was to rearrange the layout of the house as it was lacking of a smooth flow and the link to the extension was never fully resolved. The secondary staircase which connected the original house with the extension was removed, which restored the sense of importance to the original main staircase and to the entrance hall (pictured top).

FORMAL DINING ROOM

The house was naturally flooded with light, and Studio Indigo reinforced this aspect making it even brighter which was heightened by the new layout and pale colours on the walls.

Get the look: Chandelier: Client’s piece. Dining table: client’s existing piece in solid mahogany. Dining chairs: bespoke dining chairs, Ben Whistler (benwhistler.com). Chair backs: Bukara in Col.2 Bronze. Dedar (dedar.com). Painting by owner’s family

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The designers incorporated various bespoke items throughout the scheme, including the dining room chairs.

The owners existing art, antiques and family heirloom collection had a huge influence in the design. Studio Indigo’s intention was to incorporate the owners’ fantastically diverse collection of art and antiques into a design that was full of character. In that way, they hoped not just to preserve the history and the memories which they are associated but to bring them back to life and make them relevant once again.

Console table: Owner’s antique piece Decorative Frieze commissioned by Client Painting: clients existing collection

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The property already featured striking original detailing, including the highly detailed painted walls and doors.

FORMAL DRAWING ROOM

Studio Indigo proposed to move the drawing room on the rear of the house, overlooking the garden, doubling up the size of the room and opening up generous windows as well as two twin domed skylights.

Get the look: Console table: bespoke design by Studio Indigo, made by Crucible Foundry. Chandelier: Standard oak tree chandelier by Cox London (coxlondon.com). Painting: Seascape view by Kurt Jackson. Sofa: Bray sofa– cushions Rubelli fabrics.

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In this drawing room and family dining room space, new glazed cupolas at either end of the room were created and dressed with a pair of dramatic chandeliers in an oak leaf design from Cox London.

Get the look: Chairs: Client’s own – Studio Indigo restyling. Dining table: Bespoke table designed by Studio Indigo. Made by Charles Saunders (charlessaunders.co). Chandelier: Cox London. Flooring: Castelle pattern oak flooring from Naturally Wood Floors (naturallywood.net)

The owners had a true appreciation for handmade furniture and craftsmanship; therefore, they were keen to have unique one-of-a-kind pieces.

Get the look: Painting: Seascape view by Kurt Jackson. Sofa: Bray sofa– cushions Rubelli fabrics.

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Studio Indigo commissioned the bespoke console table with lost-wax brass cast animals fused into its tree branches.

Get the look; Console table: bespoke design by Studio Indigo, made by Crucible Foundry.

KITCHEN

A modern white kitchen stretches from the front of the house towards the back, welcoming natural light from both directions. White marble countertops and splash-backs complement the white cabinetry.

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The kitchen leads into the drawing room and family dining room.

Get the look: Cabinets: Artichoke. Light pendants: Hector Finch.

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Frosted sliding doors can give this kitchen privacy when the drawing room is being used for entertaining.

Get the look: Cabinets: Artichoke. Light pendants: Hector Finch.

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MASTER BEDROOM

Studio Indigo also commissioned the playful hand carved headboards in the bedrooms.

Get the look: Head board: bespoke design by Studio Indigo – Nicholas Alexander manufacture. Chandelier: Raindrop chandelier by Valerie Wade (valeriewade.com). Bench: Client’s own – Studio Indigo restyling – F&B Ammonite – Zimmer & Rohde fabric.

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The owners’ art collection is proudly displayed throughout the home.

DRESSING ROOM

The master bedroom leads through to a dressing room with arched doorways, an impressive dressing room island with drawer storage, and floor-to-ceiling hidden wardrobes with mirrored doors.

Get the look: Chandelier: Dimitri Stefanov. Mirror: Wardrobe fronts: Studio Indigo design – Spa Glazing antique mirrors – NBJ joinery; on the wall, on reflection: Client’s own piece

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MASTER BATHROOM

A walk-in shower enclosure is framed in white marble. A subtle step-down in the marble floor keeps the rest of the bathroom dry. Alcoves in the marble wall create a space for toiletries.

Get the look: Bespoke shower: designed by Studio Indigo with Calacatta marble – Bespoke shower enclosure by Spa Glazing (020 79989320)

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GUEST BEDROOM

The main guest bedroom features another striking bespoke headboard, this time with mirrored inlays.

Get the look: Headboard: bespoke designed by Studio Indigo – Nicholas Alexander manufacture. Wall colour: Ammonite estate emulsion – Farrow & Ball.

GUEST EN-SUITE

The guest bathroom is generously spacious, with a statement freestanding bathtub and original paintings on the walls.

Get the look: Bathtub: Cabrits freestanding bath – Victoria + Albert (vvandabaths.com).

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A mirror is placed over a mirrored wall.

Get the look: Basin: Amalfi 55 Basin – Victoria + Albert (vvandabaths.com).

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TOP FLOOR GUEST BEDROOM

There’s another guest bedroom on the top floor. A four poster bed gives a boutique hotel feel to this compact attic space.

Bed frame: And So To Bed

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Photography by Luke White

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