urban glamour #66

Christmas in this family home spells a wonderland of luxe shades and fabrics with a flourish of storybook charm.

This leopard-print runner is from Chelsea Flooring Company. For similar vintage-style mirrors, check out Laura Ashley. For a garland like this, try Gisela Graham. The number tags are from Ikea.

The properTy

A five-bedroom Victorian house in northwest London. There’s a double-space living room and an open-plan kitchen-diner, plus a WC on the ground floor. Upstairs there are four bedrooms, a family bathroom and a bedroom suite with a separate WC in the loft. There are also two roof terraces.


The prep stages revealed an unexpected gem: a beautifully textured wall in the hallway – the Victorian lime-based primer with a lovely green, mottled effect. The rough texture, like the ruined walls of an Italianate villa, has provided the perfect foil for the owner’s collection of glam mirrors from the Forties and Fifties.

The leopard print stair runner is a real Marmite thing – people love it or hate it. Either way, it gets a reaction.

Living room

Two reception rooms were united to make a large living room, while extending into the side return and garden created the kitchen-diner, where the family likes to hang out. A dark walnut flooring was laid throughout this space.

Powdery shades are just the right backdrop for silvered snowflake textures, offset by luxe fabrics and dark stained floorboards.

The sofa is from Loaf. The coffee table is from Spitalfields market. These appliqué cushions are by Jan Constantine. The Squaw Valley Snow print by Slim Aarons is available at Surface View. The Sitting Hare statue is from Graham and Green. The sheer curtains are from Ikea.

The pale purple on the walls adds warmth and colour without being overpowering. For Christmas, the owners decorate with sprigs and berries.

For a sideboard like this, try Circus Antiques. The Perching Parrot statue is from Rose & Grey. The Purist bird vases are from Graham and Green. For the Glorious glass candlesticks, try Rockett St George.


The owner created the extended space to her own specifications. She wanted an individual kitchen, so sourced items and surfaces herself.

The cabinet doors are from Homebase; for similar handles, try Anthropologie. The cooker is by Smeg. The cowhide rug is the Glitz Silver Cowhide from The French Bedroom Company. For similar hanging paper decorations, try Rockett St George.

The glass cabinet is from Circus Antiques.

Eero Saarinen’s dining table and chairs for Knoll are available at The Conran Shop. The radiators were from a reclamation yard – try Lassco for similar. The lace print is by Iain R Webb – you can buy similar work from Nelly Duff. This is a faux-tree from Balsam Hill. The felt mat is by Dekorando.


The owners also converted the loft and added two roof terraces.

They picked up the retro prints and paintings from markets and second-hand shops

The roll-top bath is from Aston Matthews. Claire painted the outside in Twilight Cinders 1 Bathroom+ paint by Dulux. Victoria Plumb does radiators like this. For a similar rug, try notonthehighstreet.com.

 Loft bedroom

The upholstered bed was an eBay find. The couple love its escapist feel, which goes with the room’s atmosphere. Being high up, it feels removed from the everyday.

For a bed like this, try The French Bedroom Company. This is the Burlington cable throw in Natural and the Dorset Collection quilt in White, both from The White Company. For similar pillowcases, try Bedeck. The stocking with faux-fur trim is from Dobbies. Shabby Chic makes similar floral-print armchairs.

loft AlCove

This window seat nook has a definite Peter-Pan feel. Decked out in vintage eiderdowns and soft throws, it’s one of the owner’s favourite spots.

For a throw like this, check out the Ermine faux-fur design by Helen Moore. You can find cushions like these at Virginia Antiques. The Paper Star string Christmas lights are from Dobbies.

 Photography / James Merrell

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