Urban Glamour #57

From the ashes of a house fire emerged this stylish family home...

Get the look the bookcase was made bespoke by Rick Baker. The reclaimed chevron oak flooring is from Solid Floor. The rug is by The Rug Company. Ros sourced the coffee table from an antiques shop. Talisman stocks similar. The Salute sofa from sofa.com is a good match.


A four-storey semi-detached Victorian house in north London. The ground floor is made up of an open-plan kitchen- diner, utility room, living room, drawing room, entrance hall, study and WC.

On the first floor, there is a master bedroom with dressing room and bathroom, a study and a guest bedroom with an en suite. The second floor includes two bedrooms, a playroom and a bathroom. The third floor is an attic conversion with a bedroom and en suite.


After a house fire, that was thankfully put out in minutes by the local fire brigade, causing no real harm, other than extensive smoke damage and an uninhabitable home, the owners had no choice but to renovate.

Plunged into a nomadic existence, they had little time to dwell on the nuances of interior style. So when a mutual friend suggested that they should seek the advice of an interior designer – Georgina Cave of Cave Interiors – they jumped at the opportunity.

From Georgina’s perspective, the project was an exciting affair. But bringing the house to its striking conclusion was far from easy. Major work went on for almost 18 months. The welcoming atmosphere that now seeps through this home is partly down to the owners innate desire to entertain as often as possible.

They were keen for this central part of the house to be a communal space. Comfort is key – they had the sofa (shown above) specially commissioned so the family can congregate here.


Nostalgic antiques and timeworn pieces have been incorporated with newer items.

Get the look The encaustic floor tiles were sourced from France. For similar, try Encaustic Tiles Ltd. The walls in the hall are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Cornforth White, while those in the WC are finished in Hague Blue, also by Farrow & Ball.


An old, plonked-on conservatory was torn down and architect Richard Webb created a kitchen-diner extension that both blends into the Victorian structure and is doused in light – an essential for communal, relaxed living.

Get the look Richard Webb of Webb Architects designed this extension. The white-lacquer and pippy oak kitchen units were custom-made by Rick Baker. The Carrara marble splashback and Italian basalt worktops are from London Marble Ltd.

This light, open and comfortable area is where the family can enjoy what they love doing best – getting together to cook, eat and socialise. They love the dining table as it can seat 14 people.

Get the look The table is surrounded by Hans Wegner’s Wishbone chairs from Skandium. The Murano glass light, right, is from thefrenchhouse.co.uk. For similar, try 1stdibs.com. The polished-concrete floor is by Steyson Granolithic Contractors.


Tones of soft mink, teal and silver create a calm environment. Dividing doors between this space and the living room means this area provides quiet respite from family life.

Get the look This Chesterfield sofa was upholstered in Washington velvet in Gargoyle from Andrew Martin. For a similar floor lamp, try Porta Romana.

maSter bedroom

The bedroom is a sanctuary – overall, the style is a gentle mix of contemporary and retro.

Get the look The Méchants Oiseaux wallpaper is by Emery & Cie. The rug is from The Rug Company and the Moon side table is by Ochre. For similar cushions, try Voyage. Below left, the chandelier is from thefrenchhouse.co.uk. The mirrors are from Retrouvius. The customised door handles are also from Emery & Cie.

It’s fairly uncluttered thanks to the walk-in wardrobe, below, which leads through to the bathroom.


The female half of the couple loves to relax in here and escape from everything. She wanted the bath to have a wide rim to balance a cup of tea on – or a glass of wine, depending on the time of day.

Get the look The oversized bath is from Castello Luxury Baths and the cast-iron radiator is from The 21st Century Radiator Company. The Slate Luserna floor tiles in Blu are from Tower Ceramics Limited and the wall tiles are by Emery & Cie. For a similar blind, try John Lewis.

Photography / James Merrell

Find Georgina Cave at caveinteriors.com.

See more of architect Richard Webb’s work at residentialarchitectnorthlondon.co.uk

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