Houzz Tour: Style and Function Combine in a Beautiful Family Home
A soft palette, practical storage and plenty of light helped to create an elegant, cosy home for a mother and daughter
The property required a full refurbishment, which involved taking it back to brick and rebuilding it to create a home that’s not only stylish, but functional, too. “It’s really important to me that the owner can make the most of every square metre of her space,” Emilie says, “and that she uses every single room.”
Who lives here? A woman and her daughter
Location West London
Property A Victorian terraced house
Size Four bedrooms and three bathrooms
Architect Emilie Mauran of EMR Architecture
Photos by Juliet Murphy
“The kitchen was the main focus of the house,” Emilie says. “We had to ensure it had maximum storage and all the cooking elements.” She designed the units and commissioned her cabinet-maker to construct them. “The carcasses are oak veneer, and the doors are spray-painted MDF,” she says.
As well as plenty of base cupboards and drawers, Emilie included a useful breakfast pantry and floor-to-ceiling cabinets, which house laundry appliances and the boiler. The double stainless-steel sink is roomy to avoid a stack of dishes on the worktop.
Sliding glazed doors open up to the outdoor space. “I like pale grey rather than darker anthracite for the frames, as it makes them more invisible, so you focus on the garden,” Emilie says.
Pendants, Holloways of Ludlow. Kitchen cabinets painted in Stiffkey Blue; tall units painted in Cornforth White, both Farrow & Ball. Cabinet handles, Buster + Punch. Sink, Kohler. Linus pull-out mixer tap, Blanco. Sliding doors, Maxlight.
The hob is positioned between two doorways at the end of the kitchen; behind here is the cloakroom. To the left are two integrated ovens and a fridge-freezer.
A rooflight was fitted along the length of the kitchen and another above the dining area. “They have a 5 degree pitch to help with self-cleaning,” Emilie says.
Floor tiles, European Heritage. Marble worktop, Moonlight Marbles.
Beneath this clear surface are pull-out bins, which make it easy for the owner to wipe things away as she cooks or her daughter eats.
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The glass doors are perfect for providing privacy while still bringing the light in.
Oak-framed doors painted in Railings; upper walls painted in Cornforth White; lower walls painted in Down Pipe, all Farrow & Ball.
Emilie added a dado rail and fitted new coving in the same style as the original would have been. Herringbone oak flooring was laid throughout the ground floor.
She chose small-scale sanitaryware and a slim, pink vanity unit. As the cistern was boxed in behind the toilet, Emilie made use of the false wall to incorporate a useful shelving niche.
Wallpaper, Cole & Son. Door handles (used throughout the house), Door Handle Company. L-Cube vanity unit, Duravit.
The oak staircase has been stained to match the herringbone flooring and the banister is painted in dark grey-blue for a modern twist.
Emilie installed LED lights along the stair treads to create a pretty glow at night, and to guide the owner’s daughter if she comes downstairs in the evening.
Banister painted in Down Pipe, Farrow & Ball.
Another cabinet between the two doorways has created a dressing table on the way to the en suite bathroom. The wide pocket door provides a view of the stylish washspace and allows light to spill into the bedroom.
Natural wool carpet has been laid throughout the top floors.
Walls and cabinets painted in Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball.
“I always make sure the shower mixer is as close to the entrance of the shower as possible,” Emilie says. “It allows someone to activate it without getting wet.”
Bathroom furniture, Alternative Bathrooms. Floor tiles, Fired Earth. Wall tiles, European Heritage. Walls painted in Brilliant White, Dulux.
“We chose simple beading rather than a skirting board in here to keep the look slick,” Emilie says.
She installed LED lighting both above and below the wall cabinet to create an ambient glow when the owner wants to relax in the bath.
The soft pink walls give the room a calm, cosy feel and bespoke joinery provides plenty of space for her to store her things.
Walls painted in Peignoir, Farrow & Ball.
“As the bath sits beneath the eaves, we put a tiled surface at the end to display plants,” Emilie says. “Below is hidden storage, accessed via a door at the side.”
Walls painted in Peignoir, Farrow & Ball. Wall and floor tiles, European Heritage.
Walls painted in Pavilion Gray, Farrow & Ball.
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