Houzz Tour: A Victorian Terrace With a Calm, Minimalist Interior
Clean, elegant styling allows statement pieces and original features to shine in this period townhouse
While the couple both have hectic professional lives, their priority at home is to live as calmly as possible, so Céline and her team set about working up a plan that was stylish and impactful, but that gave their clients the soothing space they longed for.
Who lives here? A couple and their teenage daughter
Location Battersea, south-west London
Property A Victorian terraced townhouse
Size Four bedrooms (one used as an office) and two bathrooms
Designers Céline Erlam and Caroline Sacreste of Indie & Co
While the layout didn’t need too much tweaking, Céline could see that enlarging the opening for the garden doors would make the space feel much bigger. She suggested installing simple but elegant steel-framed doors, and maximised the extra natural light with white microcement flooring, white walls and ceiling, and marble-effect quartz worktops.
Quartz worktop, Caesarstone. Bar stools, deVOL.
Dining table; chairs, all Pinch.
The boiling-water tap has a brass finish with a patina that changes with age. “This space is quite still and pristine, so the ‘live’ finish is a nice way of waking it up a little,” Céline explains.
Bolle Sola pendant lights, Chaplins. Boiling-water tap, Quooker.
Kitchen, Roundhouse. Cupboards painted in Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball.
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“We tend to push our clients to be a little bolder with this room and go for something like some fun wallpaper,” she says.
Wallpaper, House of Hackney.
They treated the floor with lye and soap to lighten the tone in keeping with the rest of the ground floor, and this enables pieces such as the velvet chair to stand out.
Walls painted in School House White, Farrow & Ball.
“It needed to be warm, but because they’re both so minimalist, they worried about bringing too much into the space.” Keeping the colour scheme restrained, Céline chose a statement brass pendant light. “It’s really beautiful, and the brass is so thin that if there’s a breeze, it moves.”
Pendant light, Paola Navone for Gervasoni. Sofa; floor lamp, both Caravane.
Desk; chair, both The Conran Shop.
Shake sideboard, Sebastian Cox, available at Benchmark Furniture.
Bed and bedside tables, Caravane.
As the couple needed little storage space, Céline was able to get away with fitting a single drawer. She gave it a slatted white oiled oak front to introduce subtle texture.
Puzzle porcelain tiles, Domus.
“They were worried about the green wall colour, but, in the end, they trusted us and I think it’s turned out really well. It’s in keeping with the period of the house, too,” she says.
Walls painted in Vert De Terre, Farrow & Ball.
“It’s lovely when you explain to clients that certain things are worth spending on, as they’ll make all the difference,” she says. “The great thing about this project is the level of finish – you know as soon as you walk in that this is special.”
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