From pub to Indian restaurant to sophisticated house full of canny finds and chic pieces, this home rocks its fresh identity in style


A detached house in Berkshire, built in around 1880 as a pub. Downstairs has a large kitchen with walk-in larder, TV area, two living spaces, dining room, office and WC. Upstairs there is a master bedroom, guest bedroom and two dressing rooms, plus a bathroom.


Once a pub, then an Indian restaurant, this property has undergone a dramatic overhaul. As soon as the owners ripped the old carpets up, they could see it would be great. A monotone backdrop unites the ground floor, with soft accents woven throughout.

An old sofa that the owner has had for years is teamed with Adler table lamps, snapped up for £50 each in a warehouse sale. The cracked mirror console was from the owner’s fashion boutique in Chelsea.

Get the look: The console is by Portuguese designer Maria Raposo. This is the Sybil Diamond Blue rug by Jonathan Adler for The Rug Company and Jonathan Adler’s Meurice table lamp.

The soothing blue and gold notes were taken from a Tom Dixon-designed rug and Jonathan Adler chair near the hall and continue into most of the reception rooms to knit it all together. The Queen artwork is by Chris Levine.

Get the look: Fluffy bench, Jonathan Adler. Blue ceramic stool, Coach House.


Extra supports had to go in so that the kitchen roof could be opened up and toppling walls strengthened. This drove up the build spend but the owners knew it was worth it. They chose the blackest floor they could find, rejecting most of the builder’s samples for being too brown and ‘suburban’.

Get the look: The cabinetry is by Howdens. The metro tiles are by Walls and Floors.

The simple kitchen from a no-frills supplier is ‘luxed up’ with marble worktops. There are no wall-mounted units as the owner wanted the kitchen to feel like a lovely room you would want to spend time in.

Get the look: Kitchen cabinets, Howdens. Wenge flooring, Nagle Flooring. Tiles, Walls And Floors. The photographic artwork is of Kate Moss for an Agent Provocateur campaign, shot by Mike Figgis.


The dining chairs have been borrowed from the fitting room of the owner’s fashion boutique.

Get the look: The rug is by Jonathan Adler. The bar stools are eBay finds.


Handsome pieces of furniture take centre stage in the living room, originally the bar area of the pub.

Get the look: This is Jonathan Adler’s Maxime lounge chair. The sideboard is from The Conran Shop. The wenge flooring is from Nagle Flooring. This is the Form 2 rug by Tom Dixon for The Rug Company. The Mojo table lamps are by Pooky.

The formal seating area contains a chic handmade coffee table, white velvet armchairs and a Neisha Crosland rug.

Get the look: Pink sofa in Designer’s Guild velvet, Sofa.com. Coffee table, Poltrona Frau. Rug, Neisha Crosland for John Lewis. Floor lamps, Pooky. Shades, John Lewis. Mirror, Coach House. Boy Scout photograph, Vee Speers, from The Little Black Gallery.


Once the men’s loo in the restaurant, the basins were the only things that were salvaged. The room was painted in black gloss for a dramatic look.

Get the look: The metro tiles are from Walls and Floors. The brassware is by B&Q. The Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor in 1971 photograph is by Terry O’Neill from The Little Black Gallery


A delicately patterned monotone wallpaper maximises the feeling of light in here.

Get the look: This is Stone Trellis wallpaper by Cole & Son.


The bed is upholstered in Designers Guild velvet, while the lamps have gold bases for a little touch of luxe.

Get the look: The bed is from Sofa.com. The photographic print, entitled The Desert House, is by Anja Niemi from her Darlene & Me collection at The Little Black Gallery.


The overmantel mirror was bought in a bric-a-brac store in Shepherd’s Bush near the owner’s first flat and has moved everywhere with her since.

Get the look: Floor and wall tiles, Walls And Floors. Basins, Bathstore.

The sideboard was bought on eBay for £100 and painted white. The open shelving allows the owner to easily access her beauty products.

Get the look: Floor and wall tiles, Walls And Floors. Pouffe, TK Maxx.

Photography / Nato Welton

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