urban glamour #49

No wonder friends and neighbours love to visit the owners of this home – it’s made for entertaining..

Get the look The abstract painting is by Tahnee Lonsdale. These are Mirror Ball pendant lights by Tom Dixon. The stair runner is from Tim Page Carpets.

The properTy

A west London terrace, built in 1840. On the lower-ground floor is a kitchen/diner and utility room. The ground floor has an open-plan living room/study and there’s a master bedroom suite on the first floor. The children’s bedrooms and bathroom are on the second floor.


Nothing’s too formal in this elegant period terrace, transformed by a former fashion stylist and her husband. Together they’ve created a family home that can cope with the scuffs and scrapes of life with two youngsters and a puppy.

Fortunately, the previous owners had done much of the structural work before the couple bought the place eight years ago – and had turned it back into a single house after it had been converted into flats, knocking through the walls of each floor to open it all out.

living room

Once the family moved in, their main objective was to lighten the overall mood – sanding the floors to brighten the oak floorboards that had darkened over the years and painting throughout in a clean, classic Dulux white paint, appropriately named Timeless.

This is where the family watch TV, so it’s not so precious that they can’t lounge around – sometimes there’ll be eight kids on the sofa and if one of them drops some ice cream, it’s not the end of the world.

Get the look The Ligne Roset sofa was bought on eBay, then re-covered in a grey linen. For a similar fabric, try Designers Guild. This is the Noguchi coffee table by Vitra at Skandium. The Chiesa Yellow hand-knotted wool rug is by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. The gilt palm tree floor lamp is from Ed Butcher. Find the cactus vases at The Conran Shop.

As a self-confessed neutralist the female half of the couple opted for a muted, Deco-inspired palette of black, white and steel greys. The couple’s curios and artwork is displayed in a carefully curated arrangement.

Get the look The painting was brought back from a holiday in Brazil. To discover new Brazilian artists showing in the UK, visit jungledrumsonline.com. The ceramic vase is from The Conran Shop. The Fifties brass apple and pears are from Ed Butcher.


The couple acknowledge the irony of the orange door fronts in the kitchen and say it was the husband’s idea as it’s his favourite shade.

Recently, they reconfigured the kitchen layout to accommodate an island. It has space for cookbooks, pots and pans and breakfast cereals, so the children can help themselves.

Get the look The island was designed by Jacqui and built by Jonathan Beckwith, with the woodwork painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings estate eggshell. These are Revolver stools by Leon Ransmeier for Wrong for Hay. The oak floor was sanded, then treated with Ronseal Diamond varnish.

With the help of Jonathan Beckwith, ‘an amazing carpenter,’ the couple designed not only the island, but also the kitchen cupboards and the bookshelves in the living room and study, which Jonathan built too. The run of sleek, handleless wall cabinets add to the scheme’s streamlined look.

Get the look The kitchen was designed by Jacqui and built by Jonathan Beckwith. The orange cabinets are spray painted in RAL 2009 with discreet drawer pulls by Nu-Line. The work top is Blanco Zeus Silestone by Roann. The splashback tiles are from The Tile Shop.

dining area

Behind the sliding door is a vast collection of formal china.

Get the look The cupboard was built by Jonathan Beckwith. Find vintage china at Pitfield London. The table and bench are from The Conran Shop. This is an Eames DSW Chair by Vitra, available at Heal’s.


Overlooking the garden, this space benefits from plenty of light streaming into the house.

Get the look This is a Plan desk by James Tattersall. Find a similar office chair at The Old Cinema. The vintage armchairs are from Alfies Antique Market. Jenny-Lyn supplied the pendant light. The shutters and the shelving were made by Jonathan Beckwith. The artwork hanging over the mantelpiece was brought back from Vietnam. For similar portraits, check out modernartvietnam.co.uk.

master en suite

The couple gave up a fourth bedroom to create a master suite that takes up a whole floor.

Get the look The antique glass used as a splashback is from Dominic Schuster. The Carrara marble shower tray is from Alistair Mackintosh. The glass shower enclosure is from European Glass.

master bedroom

With so much natural light flooding in here, it’s the perfect spot to while away a Sunday morning.

Get the look This is a Ligne Roset bed, dressed with cushions by Hay and the Field Day throw by Donna Wilson for SCP. The LVSL silkscreen print is by Tanya Ling. The vase is from Wilson, Stephens & Jones. The curtains are from Prêt à Vivre. Find a mirrored table like this at Graham and Green.

kid’s bedroom

The shot of fuchsia pink lends a slightly girlie touch against the grey.

Get the look The bunk bed is from Bobo Kids. Find a similar chair at Ikea. The painting is by Kelly Tunstall. The framed butterfly is from Ed Butcher. The Fly BOAC Ceylon travel poster is available at All Posters.

Photography / Kate Martin

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