Urban Glamour #26

Modern-day masterpieces rub shoulders with junk-shop finds mixed in with historic hues and luxe materials in this elegant Georgian home

THE PROPERTY

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 OFFICE

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.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pelt estate emulsion. The mid-century Brasilia rosewood desk by Danish designer Kai Kristiansen is from Two Columbia Road. Find the Cherner chair by Norman Cherner at Aram Store.

THE KITCHEN

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.

Get the look: This is the CH25 Lounge Chair by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. For an original Damien Hirst artwork, check out 1stdibs.com. On the last shelf of the left-hand bookcase is the Copycat table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos.

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.

 

Get the look: The Lounge Chair and Ottoman by Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra are available at Heal’s. The Harland Miller painting was bought at White Cube gallery. This is the VW Flag cushion by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company.

THE HALLWAY

A red stair carpet injects a pop of vibrancy to the neutral scheme.

Get the look: The vintage New York bus station poster was found on eBay.

THE LANDING

The dramatic oversized black and white artwork pops against the taupe and stony wall.

Get the look: The photograph is by David Scheinmann. Source the Eames RAR chair for Vitra at The Conran Shop.

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.

Get the look: The wall, cupboard doors and bath – a reclaimed design bought from Lassco – are all painted in Stiffkey Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The marble splashback and floor tiles and glass shower screen are from Fired Earth.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey 

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