Townhouse Portobello

This west London townhouse required total renovation. As per the studio’s practice, the design team was involved from the outset. The clients are a transatlantic couple: she is American, he is English and the studio was tasked with developing a classic but contemporary aesthetic to complement their combined heritage. The lower ground is a self-contained flat with guest bedroom, kitchen and open plan living space which also functions as a playroom for the children. Internal doors are fronted in cork for drawings to be pinned to while large external doors slide onto a typically sized London garden. For a family of keen cooks, two kitchens no longer felt like luxury. Perhaps more so: the half-landing laundry room with racks for cashmere and a dry-cleaning machine. Ceilings are painted in contrasting colours throughout to emphasise light and manifest changes in mood: sunshine yellow as counterbalance to the oft-grey skies of London. The butterfly roof in master bedroom makes for vaulted double height while Antoinette Poisson fabrics give each room warmth and cosiness with pattern matching throughout. The study on the top floor reveals bespoke desk and shelving. All artwork was sourced by the studio in line with the aesthetic ambitions for the project.

Photographer: ANNABEL ELSTON
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