This house in Holland Park required complete refurbishment, which was carried out from the early planning stages to full interior design services.
The property was an existing five floor Victorian townhouse. The clients had recently relocated back to London and were looking to fully refurbish the dwelling to create a family home. The brief was to utilise every space in the house and the client was incredibly interested in colour, textiles and fashion so it was an opportunity to fuse these elements into the design.
The layout was designed for a medium sized family, with large living, dining and kitchen area to accommodate modern day life and more traditional style rooms to the main formal floors. Materials such as Marmorino plaster were used to give texture and depth to the walls of the main rooms, the fireplace and mouldings were purposefully decadent to add interest to the spaces and give a nod to the Victorian tradition. Walnut parquet floor was used throughout the property but was given a modern take using an oversized pattern and bordering.
Interior furnishings and details were all part of a purposeful contemporary look. The traditional staircase was repainted in dark grey paint and livened up with a bright yellow wool runner, a new coat cupboard and mirrored wall was commissioned by furniture designer Paul Kelley to hide away coats and accessories. In the main study area a large B&B Italia bookcase was chosen to house the extensive range of the client’s art books, the shelving system was a very modern design in bright yellow and bronze but fitted in perfectly due to the fine profile of the system so it created a strong, but not overpowering statement. The ceramicist, Natasha Daintry, was commissioned to produce two art pieces, a collection of small glazed cylindrical pots to the lower ground floor and a larger more striking set of larger vessels to the ground floor, all reflecting the colours picked for the palette of the house.
At the lower ground floor level the client was convinced to remove an existing glass 80’s conservatory from the rear garden to reclaim space for a new sheltered garden. Inspired by the client’s childhood spent in Kenya and South Africa, we designed a bold planting scheme (with the help of Sylvie Gabbey from Ginger Landscapes) and sculptural landscape, for which we recently just won a Gardenista award!
To the lower level there is an open kitchen, sitting area and dining room. The spaces are divided discretely by a floating unit of kitchen cabinetry which cantilevers from the wall and a circular fabric screen which can close off the circular dining space. The wall treatments were also bespoke in the dining area with a commissioned hand-painted finish to the circular walls to visually separate the area.
At first floor the master suite was designed to create a practical space with plenty of storage and beautiful lighting to highlight the client’s sculptures and fabric collection.
The traditional character of the house in Holland Park was retained but layered with colour, furniture, modern pieces, lighting and the client’s artwork and sculptures to create a truly refreshing modern feel to a Victorian dwelling.
James Tarry – photography
Paul Kelley – Designed hallway coat cupboard and mirrored wall
Pat Giddens – curtains and upholstery
Sylvie Gabbey of Ginger Landscapes – planting scheme for the gardens
Natasha Daintry – for the ceramic artpieces
Contractor – 800 Group
Published in a feature and front cover of House and Gardens magazine June 2014