Houzz Tour: A Victorian Terraced House with a Modern Twist
Clever use of colour and pattern helps this property combine both period and ultra-modern design
The biggest challenge was opening up their low-ceilinged kitchen, but with the help of architects Carmody Groarke, they found a solution. By lowering the kitchen’s floor by a whole metre, they could build a modern, gallery-like room that packs a punch and stands out from the rest of the home’s cosy period interior.
Who lives here Interior designer Bunny Turner with her husband, their three children and their pet dog
Location Brook Green, west London
Property A Victorian terraced house
Size 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms
Designer Bunny Turner of Turner Pocock
The living room is north-facing, so it’s naturally dark. ‘I have a mantra,’ explains Bunny Turner. ‘Don’t try to work against nature.’ Instead, the couple concentrated on making the room warm and inviting. The walls are painted in a rich blue that’s wonderfully cosy.
It’s the main relaxing area, so it was essential to ensure there were plenty of seats for guests. The teal herringbone sofa in the bay along with the yellow accents add brighter tones to the room.
Walls painted in Hague Blue, Farrow & Ball.
The artworks on the right are by The Little Artists, who reproduce famous artworks and artists in Lego. The top one is Damien Hirst’s shark, while at the bottom are Gilbert and George.
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The two rectangular armchairs sit snugly between the cabinets; each has its own wall light to help with reading. The animal skull and white ceramics provide a crisp, textured contrast to the walls.
Wall lamps, Lampe Gras.
Behind the chair you can just make out the TV screen. ‘Dark walls are very useful for hiding screens,’ Turner says.
The hallway study, on the left in this photo, is separated from the calm living room by a glazed Crittall screen.
Chair fabric, Tissus d’Hélène. Triangle rug, Tim Page.
Next to the desk is a beautiful, multi-exposed still of a mountainscape by Richard Friend. Whoever is working at the desk can choose whether to use it as a quiet backdrop, or a contemplative piece in which to lose themselves.
Hicks Hexagon wallpaper, Cole & Son.
The desk is a combination of two units and a white tabletop from Ikea that you can mix and match to fit your space.
Drawers and cabinet, Alex; white table top, Hissmon, all Ikea.
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Photographs line the stairs and are a mixture of very old family photographs and more recent ones. Turner says she couldn’t bear the thought of them gathering dust in boxes and wanted her kids to be surrounded by family memories.
‘Hallways are often neglected,’ she says. ‘But as you don’t spend a lot of time in them, you can actually be braver with your design.’
Extending into the side return did add to the space, though, and the result is a bright and sociable room with views of garden. The polished concrete floor inside leads out to trowelled concrete on the patio, adding to the feeling of flow Turner wanted for the whole house.
Tube Chandelier lights, Michael Anastassiades.
Above the table was a large blank wall that needed to be filled. The couple have a much-loved whippet, so this shot of greyhound racing, which they commissioned a photographer friend to take, pays homage to him.
Red A chairs, Tolix.
The units are a minimal design given a touch glamour with Carrara marble worktops and cladding at the rear of the island.
Voxtorp kitchen, Ikea.
Squiggle wallpaper by Vivienne Westwood, Cole & Son.
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Headboard fabric, Carnival from Christopher Farr. Walls painted in Squid Ink, Paint & Paper Library.
Ottoman fabric, Carnival from Christopher Farr.
Walls painted in Hardwick White, Farrow & Ball. Bed fabric, wool in Ladybird from Warwick. Curtains, Kirkby Design.