NEW ELEGANCE #32

This family home may be deeply rooted in north London, but it gets its edge from Brooklyn and colour inspiration from the Mediterranean – all mixed up with cool British textiles.

THE PROPERTY

An Edwardian house in northwest London. On the ground floor, the family room flows into the kitchen and living room. There’s also a utility room, WC and boot room. Upstairs there is a playroom, WC, two bathrooms, the children’s bedrooms, the main bedroom and a dressing room.

KITCHEN

Concrete fire surrounds, pendants direct from Fifth Avenue and cabinets painted in what Americans would call ‘Barn Red’: it’s no coincidence that this kitchen has more than a hint of New York sass about it. One of the owners worked in America for five years and was keen to recreate some of the buzz of life there back home.

With help from interiors consultant Edward Bridges, the owners reimagined this space with a Brooklyn slant. Getting the right shade of red – something between English pub tiles and an American barn – kept them awake at night!

Get the look For a similar kitchen, see British Standard By Plain English. The island is painted in Rectory Red estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. Mishari found the Bluff City pendants at Roll & Hill in New York – buy them in the UK via Places and Spaces.

Blackboard paint transformed cupboard doors into a family planner with a sense of humour.

Get the look International sells blackboard paint. The island worktop is iroko. The cupboard handles are from Chloe Alberry.

FAMILY ROOM

In contrast, the female half of the couple loves colours that recapture the hazy warmth of Barcelona, where she lived until her first career as a model brought her to London.

Colour lends character to each space, from that energetic red in the kitchen to a warm, sunset-on-sandstone pink that envelopes the family room at the back of the house.

Get the look The painting above the fireplace is by Monica Subide. This is the Eames lounge chair by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. The mosaic table came from Alfies Antique Market. This is the Occhio stool by Fornasetti, available at Amara. The walls are painted in Nancy’s Blushes estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

LIVING ROOM

In defiance of the house’s original Edwardian layout, the ground floor has been opened up into a run of three connected rooms and fireplaces have been reworked with the owner’s imaginative eye – the chimney breast in the living room is clad entirely in mirror glass, while the one in the family room (above), with a similar concrete surround, is painted in an uplifting wash of soft pink.

Get the look The painting in the alcove is by Manolo Valdés. The tree artwork reflected in the mirror is by Marine Hugonnier. The chair is from Absolute Flowers & Home. The walls are painted in French Gray estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball.

Manolo Valdés’s paintings add bold strokes of pure, Iberian blue and mosaic-like flashes of yellow.

Get the look The sofa is by George Smith. The mid-century wall lights and side table with a tangled metal base are from Alfies Antique Market. The table lamp is from Andrew Martin. The painting is by Manolo Valdés.

PLAYROOM

The owner’s love of Stateside style is threaded through the living spaces, but really goes to town in the children’s vaulted playroom. Here, a glossy black New York-feel fire-escape-style ladder ascends to a mezzanine level, with balusters outlined in a sharp red.

Get the look The flooring is Marmoleum. The desk is by Blu Dot, shipped from America – Heal’s sells a selection of Blu Dot furniture. The stools came from Golborne Road market.

EN SUITE BATHROOM

The owner loves the natural feel of marble, opting for a basin shape that’s simple rather than ornate.

Get the look Try Fired Earth for a basin like this. The Staple wall lamp by Søren Rose at The Conran Shop has a similar look. Vola does a similar basin mixer tap.

MASTER BEDROOM

The patterned headboard was made to blend with a background of identical wallpaper in the couple’s old house, but it works against a plain backdrop too.

With its uplifting mix of city textures, bold art and intoxicating colours, this is a home that radiates urban warmth.

Get the look The headboard is upholstered in fabric by Allegra Hicks; the bedside table is also from Allegra Hicks. The couple found the floor lamp at Alfies Antique Market and the side table at Golborne Road market. The throw came from The Cloth Shop.

Contact interiors consultant Edward Bridges at edwardbridges@edwardbridges.com

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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