A home fit for the festive season..


A Victorian townhouse in south London. The ground floor comprises a living room, family room, kitchen-diner, study, utility room and WC. On the first floor is the main bedroom suite and dressing room, plus master en-suite bedroom and a guest suite. On the top floor are two bedrooms and a bathroom. The lower-ground floor has a games room, cinema room and wine store.


After living in Singapore for five years, the owners of this house, are looking forward to their first ‘proper’ Christmas back home in the UK. Their new Victorian home feels far more fitting for the festive season – a double-fronted gem that’s been extended, reconfigured, dusted off and decked out in an atmospheric mix of deep blues, shimmering teals and gleaming gold and bronze. It’s now ready to play the handsome Christmas host to the family of five.

But first, a major overhaul was needed. The couple hired Qualitas to take care of the redesign and construction, which eventually extended over all four floors. On the ground floor, a dated layout meant that the area at the rear was squandered on a storage cupboard and a WC.  And true to their Victorian roots, the rooms lacked any sense of openness or flow. This included the kitchen, which was a narrow room at the side of the house that overlooked a brick wall and had no view out to the garden.

Now, a bold expanse of Crittall glazing serves as a third wall at the rear of the house, drawing light into the ground floor. The owners knew they wanted this colour scheme in the kitchen from the get go. Style additions such as the brick wall and the canary yellow stools came later, giving a kick of vibrancy that lifts the whole look.

Get the look: This is a Devol kitchen. The stools are from Vintage Industrial Metal. The pendant is from Industville. The framed palm prints are from French Connection Home. The vases are by Habitat. The cake stands are from House of Fraser. The panettones are from Carluccio’s and Selfridges. The champagne, mince pies and gold coins are from Selfridges. The glassware is from Sainsbury’s.


An L-shaped kitchen-diner works as a sociable space, while an internal glass wall opens into a study, a jewel-box of a room that feels more opulent than your average work area.

Get the look: The flooring is from Cheville Parquet. Nicola Hicks designed the bespoke joinery, made by Lethbridge Lines. This is Cole & Son’s Byron wallpaper. The LED star is from Lights4fun.


The owners were drawn to the Asian feel of this geometric wall art, but also love that it feels quite Christmassy too.

Get the look: The wall art is from West Elm. The throw and cushions are from Liberty. The mini Christmas tree is from The White Company. The disco ball tree topper is by Rockett St George. The vase and knitted tree are from Habitat. The LED stars and fairy lights are from Lights4fun. The faux-tree decorations, gold glitter trees, Nutcracker ornaments and gold candles are by Gisela Graham. The wreath, white candles and sheepskin are from The White Company.


The op-art meets animal print rug adds a dash of humour to the sophisticated space.

Get the look: The rug is from The Rug Company. Find a similar pouffe at Moroccan Bazaar. The pre-lit 7ft Xmas tree and garland on the TV unit are from Balsam Hill. The baubles are by Gisela Graham. The pom-pom garland is from Habitat.

Warm metallics and rich blues rule in the living spaces, while the more urban, stripped- back textures of brick, steel and bronze keep the kitchen-diner feeling contemporary.

Get the look: The stockings are by Rockett St George and Debenhams. The fairy-light domes are by Lights4fun. The tote is by The Forest & Co at notonthehighstreet. com. The crackers and glassware are by Sainsbury’s.


The Cole & Son wallpaper evokes a taste of the tropics.

Get the look The wall lights are from Holloways of Ludlow. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son. The basin and washstand are from The Water Monopoly.


With the help of interior designer Nicola Hicks, the owners added a fresh tile pattern to the floor.

Get the look: The tiles are from London Mosaic. The stair runner is from Marlows Carpets. The fairy-light baubles and LED fir garland – twined with faux eucalyptus from Wyld Home and The White Company’s Rosemary garland – are from Balsam Hill. The extra fairy lights are from Lights4fun. The paper decs are by Rockett St George. The giftwrap, throughout, is by Sophia Victoria Joy at Notonthehighstreet.com, Hobbycraft and Sainsbury’s. The ribbons, throughout, are from Gisela Graham and Hobbycraft. The gift bags, throughout, are by Debenhams.

The new floor echoes a Victorian style, but the owners wanted the colours ‘zinged’ for modern life.


The green hued paint shade was chosen for the relaxed feel it gives as you walk in.

Get the look: Find the Small Ghost Buster bedside table by Kartell at John Lewis. Try Lombok for a similar bed. The walls are painted in Steel V by Paint & Paper Library. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.

The couple reinstated the fireplaces, cornicing and other period features.


Decorative trims frame this bathing space, from the detailed cornicing to the tile border and a subtle ribbon that runs around the base of the roll-top bath.

Get the look: Find the Small Ghost Buster bedside table by Kartell at John Lewis. Try Lombok for a similar bed. The walls are painted in Steel V by Paint & Paper Library. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.


The owners spotted this wallpaper on a Livingetc house tour before the family had moved back, so when their daughter said she wanted a turquoise room it was an obvious choice.

Get the look: Find the Shadow Floral wallpaper, a Florence Broadhurst pattern, at Signature Prints. The door is painted in Blue Ground estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from John Lewis. The bedside table is from Habitat. The cushions and throw are from Liberty.

Photography / David Lovatti

Styling / Jo Bailey

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