Modern-day masterpieces rub shoulders with junk-shop finds mixed in with historic hues and luxe materials in this elegant Georgian home
A Grade II-listed Georgian terraced house, circa 1820, in north London. On the ground floor is a hallway, living room, dining room, kitchen, breakfast room and shower room. The first floor has an office, media room and guest bedroom/dressing room. On the second floor is the master bedroom and bathroom. Outside is a patio garden with a utility shed.
THE LIVING ROOM
This period house is no typical family home. The 1,800 square feet property was originally arranged as a traditional four-bedder, but has been transformed into a deluxe two bed, with various entertaining spaces, all drenched in the personalities of its owners.
The dark, moody tones of the ground-floor reception room beautifully showcase the carefully curated furniture and accessories.
The interiors are inspired by a mid-century aesthetic and American period-house listings where you see some great examples of contemporary mixed with mid century.
Furniture by a wealth of designer names peppers the rooms, especially when it comes to chairs, with pieces by Charles and Ray Eames, Norman Cherner and Hans J Wegner all getting a showing. In the living room, the Eames ‘Time Life’ stools (pictured above) take up little room and are perfect for accommodating extra guests.
The bland, all-cream colour scheme was jettisoned in favour of atmospheric and historic hues of grey, purple and green, used as a backdrop to enhance the elegant pieces of bespoke joinery, luxe surfaces and rich, masculine materials, such as walnut, marble and slate.
Both high- and low-end artwork grace the purple walls of the study. They come from junk shops as well as galleries, creating a deliberate collector’s mix.
The bespoke Jack Trench design in the kitchen is achingly smart. Replacing an elderly Ikea number, it delivers a sleek mélange of walnut cabinetry and marble work surfaces and there’s a cool central island, perfect for food prep as well as for socialising. While the finishes are quite opulent – marble and walnut – they’re also very practical.
The low ceiling has been painted with white gloss, which reflects the light around the room.
THE MEDIA ROOM
Lighter hues come into play in this stylish upstairs living space, where the TV and gaming consoles are housed. It’s a stark contrast with the dark colours used downstairs, creating a more relaxed, inviting vibe. The wood burner and lots of books make it cosy.
The house’s abundant wall space allows for lots of accumulated artwork. Pieces by Tracey Emin and David Scheinmann and others vie for attention on every wall.
A red stair carpet injects a pop of vibrancy to the neutral scheme.
The dramatic oversized black and white artwork pops against the taupe and stony wall.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
Designer icons and selected artwork showcase the owner’s style.
THE MASTER BATHROOM
The centrally placed tub and walk-in shower, accessed from both sides, create a sense of spaciousness.
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey