urban glamour #62

Interior designer Suzy Hoodless’ imaginative use of colour has transformed her terrace home from bleak to chic...

Wall shelving, The French House. Cabinet handles, Schoolhouse (US) – try Swarf Hardware. Blinds, Woodnotes. See Style Takeaways (page 80) for paint colour.


A Victorian terrace in west London. The ground floor comprises a double-aspect living room and a kitchen-diner. There is a study, utility room, master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor, two bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor, and a bedroom on the third floor.


After buying the four-storey terrace with her husband almost eight years ago, interior designer, Suzy Hoodless was immediately drawn to ‘its space and seemingly endless floors’. She wanted to create a sociable home that would work for her family, but could also be shut down at night, and not filled with billions of plastic toys everywhere.

Cabinets painted a bold, matt Yves Klein-style blue bring an otherwise pared-back kitchen to life. Suzy says she can’t imagine life without the saturated colour.

The bespoke, industrial wall shelving set against a clean backdrop of Carrara marble and white tiles lends a lightness to the space.


The kitchen and custom-sized dining table were designed to accommodate Suzy’s vintage Hans Wegner chairs, bought many years ago.

Wishbone dining chairs, Hans Wegner for Carl Hansen & Søn. Dining table, Another Country. A331 Beehive pendants, Alvar Aalto for Artek. Nero Parquet limestone flooring, Lapicida.

The black limestone flooring reflects the dark woodwork of the chairs.

Mercury MCY1000DFSD range cooker, John Lewis & Partners. Tolomeo Faretto wall light, Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide. Cushion in Saddle Blanket linen-mix, Mulberry Home. Similar fiddle-leaf g tree, Patch.

living room

The couple opened up the space by removing some walls and lots of doors, divided the double-aspect ground-floor room ‘to create a cosy but proper living room at the front and a sitting room/playroom in the middle’, and knocked out a ‘hopeless lean-to’ at the back of the house. By lowering the kitchen level from that of the sitting room, they created a large kitchen-diner, which has made all the difference to the way they live.

Architrave painted in Trumpet, Little Greene. Marble replace surround, Jamb. Vintage wall lights, Guinevere. Vintage sofa, Børge Mogensen.

A powerful shock of incandescent yellow around the architrave, links the front living room to the middle sitting room, and instantly saves the two spaces from becoming ‘too polite’.

Bookcase painted in Bone China Blue, Little Greene. Vintage chandelier, George Smith – try Vinterior. Zero-In table, Barber & Osgerby for Established & Sons. Vintage armchair, Les Couilles du Chien; upholstered in Pueblos linen-mix, Pierre Frey. Early 20th- century Chinese rug, Talisman.

master bedroom

A combination of pink and grey with a shot of deep rouge in the master bedroom creates a cocooning space.

Walls and wardrobes painted in Temple, Paint & Paper Library. Bedhead upholstered in Chevron Strie velvet, Schumacher. Tolomeo wall light, Michele De Lucchi and Giancarlo Fassina for Artemide. Bedside table, Carl Hansen & Søn. Bird lamp, vintage. Some People Have Children (Space Monkey) artwork, Tracey Emin. The painting is of Erskine’s family home. Similar sheepskin armchair, Ziggy, Heal’s. Curtains, Designs of the Time. Table lamp, In Da Cottage.

The walls and wardrobe doors are painted the same shade of porcelain pink. The sheepskin chair lends a luxurious, sculptural element to the room.


The room started with the Eames chair and then the desk. It’s a quiet place that Suzy and her husband escape to.

Walls painted in Hicks’ Blue, Little Greene. Blind, Kravet – try The Swedish Fabric Company. EA108 Aluminium chair in Grass Green/Ivory Hopsak, Charles and Ray Eames for Vitra. Similar vintage rosewood desk, Pamono. Snoopy lamp, Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni for Flos. Framed picture of gira es at London Zoo, taken by Suzy on her iPhone.

See Suzy’s interior design projects and products at suzyhoodless.com

Photography / James Merrell

Find out more about Suzy Hoodless.

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