Houzz Tour: Bold Colour and a New Layout Revive a Victorian House
A reworked layout and confidence with colour gave this family home bags of personality
When it came to decorating, the couple were keen to get some guidance. Through their meetings with a kitchen design company, they got to know interior designer Amy Stoddart of Amy Rebecca Interiors, and immediately connected with her design ideas.
“It was clear that Tim and Sara wanted a stylish and spacious home and weren’t afraid of using colour,” Amy says. “The plan was to tailor the space to suit their lifestyle and explore confident colour options, ensuring each room had a different feel, but that, overall, the feel was cohesive.”
Who lives here? Tim and Sara, plus their two young daughters
Location Fulham, west London
Property A Victorian mid-terrace house
Size Six bedrooms and six bathrooms
Architect Simon Gill Architects
Designer Amy Stoddart of Amy Rebecca Interiors
Photos by Darren Chung
Occupying the new rear extension, the open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is where the family spend the majority of their time.
Fitted furniture offers plenty of practical storage and also hides away appliances, creating a streamlined, calm feel. A sink is fitted into the island’s deep-profile Caesarstone worktop. A mix of discreet downlighters and a multi-globe pendant ensure the room is practical and cosy at night.
Kitchen units, Day True. Worktop, Caesarstone. Pendant light, Made. Wall lights, Holloways of Ludlow. Fabric for banquette seating, Andrew Martin. Dining table, Spekva. Dining chairs, West Elm. Vase, Zara Home.
Colour adds a playful feel without overwhelming the space. “We wanted a soothing palette that still had impact, so teamed sage, deep buttermilk and green-blue,” Amy says. “Painting the supporting steel RSJs pink was a brave but fun touch.”
Units painted in Lichen and De Nimes; RSJ painted in Sulking Room Pink, all Farrow & Ball.
Key to the calm feel of this new extension is not just the wall of sliding glazed doors, but the simple, plain flooring. “The poured resin not only bounces light back into the room, it’s deliciously warm and smooth underfoot and practical, too,” Amy says.
Yellow sofa, Sofa Workshop. Poured resin floor, Kote London. Side table, Connox. Leopard vase, Liberty London. Wall light, Anthropologie.
As it’s part of the original Victorian property, it made sense to give the room a more traditional look. Built-in shelves surround the internal window, and wood panelling, a dado rail and coving were all added.
Corner sofa, Natuzzi. Cushions, Zara Home and John Lewis & Partners. Pendant light; wall light, both Holloways of Ludlow.
Rug, Tai Ping Carpets. Circular table duo, Amara.
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Walls painted in Inchyra Blue, Farrow & Ball.
Bespoke wood panelling, AR Interiors. Fireplace, CVO Fire.
Fitted shelves, built-in seating and a sliding pocket door make efficient use of the compact room. Baskets are used for stashing shoes and other paraphernalia and add a touch of warmth to the cool-toned décor.
“We needed to find room for a full-length mirror, but were short of wall space,” Amy says. “We soon hit on the idea of using the sliding door, which is fun as well as brilliantly practical.”
Window wall painted in Inchyra Blue; other wall painted in Ammonite; shelving painted in Railings; cloakroom panelling painted in Arsenic, all Farrow & Ball. Butterflies & Dragonflies wallpaper, Cole & Son. Flooring, Grestec Tiles. Blackfriars sign, owners’ own.
“Fitting the black reading lights and light switches into the mirror was tricky,” Amy admits, but the finish is super-smart.
Bed, Button & Sprung. Bespoke headboard; antique mirrors, all AR Interiors. Cushions; throw, all West Elm. Globe pendants, The Conran Shop.
A flight of butterflies adds an artistic touch and picks up on the theme found throughout the house. “Sara loves butterflies,” Amy says, “so we wanted to bring them into the décor in a subtle way.”
Bespoke blind, AR Interiors; fabric, Romo. Rectangular stool, Broste Copenhagen.
Globe pendant, Flos. Countertop sinks, Catalano. Mirror, Broste Copenhagen. Wall lights, Made. Wall-mounted taps, Crosswater. Shower enclosure tiles, Grestec.
Walls painted in Picture Gallery Red, Farrow & Ball. Desk; chair, both West Elm. Hexagonal mirrors, Amara.
Curtain; bedside table, both Scandiborn. Lamp, Fatboy. Pompom throw, Perch & Parrow. J cushion, Nubie. Desk, Maisons du Monde. Chair, Sklum. Pegboard, Block Design. Pink wall light, Nordic Nest.
Bespoke headboard, AR Interiors; fabric, Kensington Design. Canopy; balloon wall light, both Scandiborn. Pompom throw, Perch & Parrow. Cushions, Nubie Kids and Scandiborn. Wall painted in Cinder Rose, Farrow & Ball
Mustard yellow radiator, Stelrad. Desk, La Redoute. Chair, Sklum. Pocket wall tidy, Smallable. White shelves, Heal’s. Eames Elephant stool, Vitra. Pompom pendant light, Holloways of Ludlow.
Marble tiling, Domus. Pendant light, Mullan Lighting. Mirror, Broste Copenhagen. Vanity unit and basin, Catalano. Wall-mounted taps, Crosswater. Laundry basket, John Lewis & Partners. Striped Lirio tiles, Grestec. Ceramic soap dispenser and tray, Made.
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