Houzz Tour: Natural Finishes Add Texture to a Calm, Minimal Home
A Victorian home is restored and given a light, airy feel with beautiful touches of wood and natural materials
Celine worked closely with architects and builders to gain Planning Permission for a loft conversion, update the wiring and plumbing, and turn the rundown old property into a place her friends could call home.
Who lives here? A couple with their one-year-old baby
Location Brixton, south London
Property A semi-detached Victorian house
Size Four bedrooms and three bathrooms
Designer Celine Erlam of Indie & Co
Photos by Anna Stathaki
Celine’s clients love a pared-back, minimal aesthetic, so they went for streamlined, flat-fronted units, a pale colour scheme and a sleek, polished-concrete floor in their open-plan kitchen and living space. To warm up the cool tones, Celine introduced natural accents in wood, jute and leather.
“The dining table was the inspiration for all the joinery in the home,” she says. “It’s made from elm and was the first thing we chose for the house.”
She also designed a bench seat with storage below. “You can pull the drawer from either side of the bench, or open up the top like a chest,” she explains. “It’s where the owners keep their daughter’s toys.”
The couple already had the pendant light, and its banana-fibre shade and copper-coloured flex add another layer of texture to the minimal scheme.
Elm dining table and dining chairs, Viaduct. Pendant light, Pinch.
“They’re big foodies,” she adds, “so they sourced all the appliances themselves.”
Above and below the integrated ovens are cupboards, and there was enough storage in the room to allow them to opt for a simple shelf above the base units.
Kitchen units, John Lewis.
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The fridge and freezer have been fitted with bespoke doors, complete with clever vents and attractive wooden bar handles.
To the right of the wine rack is a full-length larder cupboard. Celine added the line across the centre to chime with the other horizontal lines in the space.
Black-framed sliding doors lead out to the garden and can be covered with a sheer curtain in the evening. “The track is concealed, so it seems as if the curtains are floating,” Celine says. “They go right up to the ceiling to give a sense of height, and the fabric helps to soften the space.”
“We went for a bold wallpaper, copper taps and accessories, a walnut-framed mirror and fun, bird-like wall lights,” Celine says.
Lucellino wall lights by Ingo Maurer, available at Twentytwentyone.
The team also decided to block up the doorway that led into the hallway, so they could make more use of the space. “With the large opening from the middle room, there was no need to have an extra doorway from the hall,” Celine says.
Walls painted in Flint, Little Greene.
“We chose not to opt for ceiling lights in most of the house and went for soothing wall lights instead,” Celine says. “In here, especially, it would have got in the way of the projector.”
The shelving unit in the office was built by Celine’s joiner, with elm that had been white-oiled slightly. “The shelves are used for display,” she says, “while the MDF cupboards below house the printer and stationery.”
The door to the hallway is large, so sliding pocket fire doors were fitted, rather than hinged ones.
Vintage desk, Vinterior. Modern office chair, Hay.
Opposite the cloakroom, the designers opened up the space under the stairs to provide coat storage.
Wool fabric on headboard, Kirkby Design.
The brushed chrome fittings go with the simple palette of black and white, while the copper hanging planter, milk stool and vintage sideboard opposite bring in warmth.
Bath, Lusso Stone.
Two countertop basins sit on the marble surface, and the taps are mounted on the wall.
Each of the large porcelain floor tiles is a slightly different shade, which gives the floor an interesting texture.
Mews floor tiles, Domus. Rug, Holly’s House. Pendants, The Conran Shop. Basins, Lusso Stone.
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A built-in wardrobe has been fitted with brass handles. “We used brass for most of the door handles and window fittings throughout the house,” Celine says.
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The basin is off-centre, providing a space at the side for beakers and soap.
Celine used slim matt metro tiles around the shower area, which give an architectural look that resembles a brick wall.
Glo wall light, Flos. Shower curtain, Ferm Living. Basin, Duravit.
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