new elegance #27

This couple have opened up their Victorian villa, which was once a series of grotty bedsits, to create a laid-back space full of light and calm


A Victorian semi-detached villa in north London, comprising a hallway, double-aspect living area and kitchen-diner on the ground floor, with the master bedroom suite and dressing room, guest bedroom and one daughter’s bedroom suite on the first floor, and another daughter’s bedroom suite, plus another guest bedroom, upstairs in the converted loft.


When the owners of this house bought it, it had been sliced up into five bedsits and was dark and dank throughout. Nevertheless, they saw it as a hidden gem as it was so different from the other properties in the surrounding area.

With the need to level out the ground floor a priority (a set of steps led down from the front of the house to the rear), the couple stripped the property back to its bones before reconfiguring its internal layout.

One major factor the couple had to overcome was siting the new kitchen extension at the back of the building so that it didn’t overlook any of the neighbouring gardens. Now, when you’re in the kitchen, you look over their garden instead.

The island unit was designed by the owner, who is a builder, and has a composite-stone worktop, all beautifully bookmarked, as if it were made of solid marble.

Get the look The bespoke cabinetry is by Lee Redmond Interiors. The appliances are by Gaggenau. The professional tap is by Hansgrohe. This is a CDA ceiling extractor. The Angel cushion and the Concrete candle holders on the island are from Graham and Green.

Dining area

The artwork is an end-of-degree-show piece, painted by one of the owner’s friends. She never quite finished it, and didn’t like it that much, so they took it off her hands.

Get the look The dining table and Slattbo pendant lights are from Ikea. These are CH24 Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. The succulents and potted plant are from Angel Flowers.

living room

Exquisite finishes are evident throughout the revamped villa, such as the reinstated cornices and the crafted window shutters that echo the property’s provenance.

Get the look This is the Balzac armchair and ottoman by Matthew Hilton for SCP. The rug and Anatolian cushion on the armchair are by Larusi. The buttoned ottoman is bespoke. The Globo box on the ottoman is by Jonathan Adler. The Mick, 1965/1994 RCA Studios Hollywood photographic print above the fireplace is by Gered Mankowitz. For a similar light shade, see the Nymo by Ikea.

The epic proportions of the new extension are clearly evident here, with light now pouring into the house from all directions.

Get the look For similar large-format floor tiles, try Mandarin Stone. This is a Samsung TV. The Balzac two-seater sofa is by Matthew Hilton for SCP.

master bedroom

The couple were very specific about the floor colour they wanted, so they did test upon test to get it absolutely right.

Get the look The floorboards were supplied by Istoria by Jordan Andrew. This is the Cherub bed from the Signature range at La Maison London. The cushions and throw are from Graham and Green. The Tulip side table is by Eero Saarinen for Knoll.

master en suite

The ornate plasterwork cornicing and ceiling rose are complemented by both classic and contemporary fixtures.

Get the look The bath and fittings are from the Axor Starck collection by Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe. The Carrara marble fireplace and vintage chandelier are from Renaissance London. The Menagerie Gazelle ceramic on the mantelpiece is by Jonathan Adler.

The simple vanity unit has a sleek, streamlined look, while the marble tiles add a touch of luxury.

Get the look The Corian-topped vanity unit was designed and made by Lee Redmond Interiors. The marble wall tiles are from Tower Ceramics. The tap is from the Axor Starck collection by Philippe Starck for Hansgrohe.

Photography / James Merrell

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