urban glamour #43

It may be small, but this luxe London apartment oozes sophisticated style and glamorous decorating ideas..

Get the look: The console table is from Caroline de Kerangal. The painting is a Miu Miu illustration from Tanya Ling’s Ready to Wear series. The table light was found at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair in Battersea.

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A first-floor apartment in a Victorian villa in west London, comprising a hall, living room, kitchen, dining nook, bedroom and bathroom.


With rich parquet, panelling and deep grey velvets inspired by luxe hotels the owner has stayed in, this home is feminine but not girlie. Delicately fluted Murano chandeliers, dazzling Deco motifs and the gleam of brushed brass make it sophisticated, yet with just the right measure of frivolity. 

Heritage colours and period tiling lend the hallway an air of drama.

Get the look: The tiles are from The Antique Floor Company.

living room

Best of all, the apartment’s grand we-could-be-in-Paris architecture provided the perfect backdrop for the owner to play out her contemporary take on classic interior style.

Get the look: The sofa is from The Sofa & Chair Company. The coffee and side tables were all bought at The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. The silk cushions were brought back from Jaipur.

Throughout the apartment there are Deco-style wall lights and dainty ruby-red table lights that could have been plucked from a romantic Forties movie. 

Travel is also a source of inspiration for this owner. The antique brass lamps in the living room were booty from Chor Bazaar in Mumbai and the silk-thread cushions and rug were discovered in Jaipur. Online, 1stdibs.com and decorativecollective. com are go-to sites for ideas.

Get the look: The chandelier is from Norfolk Decorative Antiques. The René Prou dining set is from Kiki Design. The pouffe is by The Sofa & Chair Company. The coffee table was sourced by project manager Christophe Clement at The Ugly Room, who also designed and made the overmantel mirror. The rug was bought in Jaipur. The framed butterflies on the wall are from Les Couilles du Chien.


This was the room the owner found hardest to get right, as there’s not much space to play with. The mix-and-match approach of a British Standard by Plain English kitchen proved suitably classic but flexible, with the kind of detailing that appeals to her perfectionist streak. Vintage tin ceiling tiles add a layer of decorative texture.

Get the look: The kitchen is by British Standard by Plain English with honed Silestone worktops. The walls are painted in 9-093 emulsion and the cabinetry in 9-094 (cupboards) and 9-096 (base units) eggshells, all from the 1950s Colours range by Papers and Paints. The wall tiles are from The Stone & Ceramic Warehouse. The copper jars are from Absolute Flowers & Home. The tin ceiling tiles were shipped from Canada and then painted.

A Tanya Ling fashion illustration adds a feminine feel.

Get the look: The artwork is by Tanya Ling. The wall light was sourced online.


To up the glam factor, glossy tiles line the walls and, by the window, a trio of Lee Broom crystal lights hang over the bijou dining area.

Get the look: The lights are Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb and Pendants. The table is an eBay find and the banquette was made by Christophe Clement at The Ugly Room. The cabinetry, which houses the fridge and freezer, is by British Standard by Plain English.


Feminine glamour comes into its own, with textures of smooth silk and crisp cotton. Favourite finds include the Fifties Italian table lamp.

Get the look: This is a sofa.com bed. The bedside lamp is from Interior Eden. The bedding is by Yves Delorme. The wall covering is by Villa Nova. This is Cheville Parquet flooring.

Chic storage comes in the form of vintage haberdasher’s drawers.

Get the look: The reclaimed shop cabinet is from The Old Cinema. The curtains were made up by John Lewis. The Forties desk is from Interior Eden, teamed with a Fifties chair upholstered in velvet.

The built-in wardrobe and overhead storage were made from customised kitchen cabinets, fitted with smoked glass and a library ladder by a carpenter.

Get the look: The wardrobes are painted in SC690 eggshell by Papers and Paints. The chandelier is a Thirties piece, sourced online.


An original French Twenties floor, complemented by bespoke skirtings and wall panelling, creates an aura of decadence.

Get the look: The tiles are from The Antique Floor Company. The mirror is from Absolute Flowers & Home. The wall lights are from Caroline de Kerangal. The bath and brassware are from The Albion Bath Company.

Find out more about British Standard by Plain English kitchens at britishstandardcupboards.co.uk

Photography / Paul Raeside

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