Previously dark and dated, the Holland Park townhouse is now a welcoming family home, with a statement staircase at the centre of it's design.
The owners brought on Guy Stansfeld Architects (23+GS/318) to help them completely reconfigure the layout, and extend into the basement. Guy worked closely with interior designer Samantha Todhunter on the new interior scheme, which is light, bright and airy with unexpected pops of colour – for example in the blue hallway, and the pink bathroom.
The owners wanted their semi-detached Victorian villa to be brighter and more spacious for their family, while also incorporating well-placed traditional flourishes and palette.
Directly across from the entrance is a bright and open home office area.
To the right of the entrance hall is a chic and grown-up living area, designed by Samantha Todhunter.
As the living areas were previously very dark spaces, the architects included lots of windows and glazing to provide views out to the garden and let in natural light.
Excavating the existing lower ground floor enabled the architects to create more generous ceiling heights throughout the home, and to bring in additional natural light.
A new staircase was installed, adding a dramatic centrepiece to the entrance hallway and through the core of the house.
More traditional materials were selected for the balustrade components, but were designed to give a cleaner, more contemporary feel. Inspired by the work of Carlo Scarpa and Japanese Lacquerware, the bannister was a bespoke design, fabricated from solid natural brass flat bars to form the balusters, with a black oil finish to the steel brackets and a stained oak handrail.
The staircase leads up to the modern white kitchen.
Brass detailing warms up the white scheme.
The white kitchen and informal breakfast area lead through to a more dramatic dining room.
There's also a more playful pink bathroom for the kids.
The architects also increased the size of the garden terrace in order to create a better flow and connection between the indoors and outdoors.
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