Light-Filled Victorian Property

Dining area of luxury galley style kitchen
Light-Filled Victorian Property
Highbury Crescent, London
A Victorian Period Property with Dramatic Dimensions

We were enlisted to design the interiors for a young professional couple and their family living in this traditional semi-detached period property in Highbury Crescent. The beautiful Victorian villa, with its grand proportions and large windows, overlooks North London’s Highbury Fields. We were keen to combine the heritage values of the home with elements of modern design to deliver interiors that felt charming yet contemporary and were suited to a young city-dwelling family.

A comfortable family living room in period London home with large ottoman on colourful rug.
Artist living room with collected pieces of furniture
A coffee table arrangement with books, tray and glass bowl with moss.

Exteriors, Spacious Rooms and Tall Ceilings

The vast living area boasts tall ceilings and windows synonymous with classic properties from this architectural era, allowing an abundance of light to illuminate the space. We placed modern impressionist-style works of art on either side of the original period fireplace and lifted the warm, deep wooden tones of the floor with a silk rug from Stark Rugs, featuring a playful pattern of insects and fauna which connected with the garden outside. The dramatic scale of the windows with functioning box window shutters were balanced with oversized statement-making furniture. A traditional bucket armchair in royal blue wool by Ralph Lauren with a matching oversized sofa in grey wool and a dusty pink loveseat from Mooi provide relaxed and inviting seating.

Tom faulkner mirror hanging over a period fireplace in period living room with Moooi love sofa.
Galley kitchen in period Georgian London apartment.
Floor lamp with champagne coloured shade in dining room.

Classic Contemporary Interiors with Personality

The galley style kitchen with built-in, everyday, informal seating was well-suited for family living. Continuing with the theme of incorporating antiques, we selected splashbacks made from antique mirrors which reflected the garden as well as all of the natural light which fills the kitchen. A more formal dining area was defined within the main living area. Lightweight Orion pendant lights from Baroncelli made from opaque glass spheres with brass metal accents sit above the dining table. A bespoke art piece on the wall in the dining area provides a boost of colour.

Dining room with baroncelli brass pendant lights and large oil painting on wall.
Oversized hallway mirror with bronze details.
Beautiful wooden side cabinet in living room with lamp and art hanging above.

An Eclectic Combination of Vintage, Antique and Modern Furniture

Adopting a mismatched, collector’s style aesthetic, we combined eclectic, collected pieces of furniture throughout the home. In the living area, a bespoke chest of drawers from Fiona McDonald works alongside a custom asymmetric Phoenix mirror by British designer Tom Faulkner which sits above the fireplace. In the entrance, we installed a dramatic full-height feature mirror in bronze. The scale of the mirror - reaching from the floor to the ceiling - really accentuated the grand proportions of the home.

Hague blue bedroom with white marble fireplace and period sash windows.
Hague blue painted walls in a seating area with bright red art.
A brass berk frank revolve table lamp on a walnut wooden desk.

A Sophisticated Bedroom with Understated Decorative Elements

For the walls in the principle bedroom we opted for Hague Blue by Farrow & Ball. Pops of red from the art on the walls contrast nicely with the blue tones and are bounced around the room through the reflections in a vintage Convex mirror and a full-length mirror in between the windows. The bedroom also boasted period features, including a fireplace, beautiful cornicing and window boxes with working shutters. The bedroom was spacious, so we made the most of this by adding a vintage loveseat for cosy, window side reading and a desk area.

A bedroom with Hague blue walls with a study area beside the bed.
Hidden door in Hague Blue into ensuite bathroom in London city apartment.
Hidden door to ensuite bathroom open.

Oversized Built-In Storage and a Concealed En-Suite Bathroom

The main feature piece in the room is the custom Poliform wardrobe which is oversized in order to make the most of storage space. Painted in the same blue hue as the walls, the storage is vast yet inconspicuous. The door to the far-right cleverly conceals the en-suite bathroom.

Designed by Woulfe helped transform our home in record time. The team’s knowledge and access to the best suppliers and craftspeople, coupled with their ability to source unique pieces of furniture, art and lighting is impressive. Brian’s attention to detail and ability to move a project to completion quickly is what sets him apart.
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An ensuite bathroom with double hague blue vanity and white marble counter top.
Custom bathroom joinery with laundry bin.

Spacious Bathroom with Custom Double Vanity Unit

The principal bedroom's en-suite bathroom is dramatically clad in bookmatched marble. A custom bathroom double vanity with a stone top incorporates a laundry drawer.

Chic London city white marble shower ensuite.
Booked match marble in shower with black fixtures and glass screen.

Bookmatched Marble Bathroom with Matte Black Fixtures

To contrast the soft grey of the bookmatched marble, our interior design studio opted for striking and modern matte black fixtures for the double vanity and within the luxury shower.

Eclectic bedroom design with bold wallpaper and traditional rattan headboard.
Extinct animal wallpaper by Moooi in a bedroom with blue bedside tables.
Brightly coloured wallpaper from Arte International in bedroom.

Eccentric Home Interiors for a Memorable Guest Bedroom

The guest bedroom was very different to the rest of the house. We wanted to create an eccentric atmosphere and a memorable experience for our client’s house guests, so we opted for fun pops of blue repeated throughout, a French-style rattan bed and dramatic textured wallpaper designed by Mooi for Arte International Wallpaper. We also kept the guest bathroom playful, modern and young, with pink hues and contrasting matt black fixtures.

Pink city bathroom with black fixtures and fittings.
Ceramic large format tiles in shower with matt black fixtures and trims.
Modern apartment shower room with faux marble tiles and black fixtures.
Simple WC with library shelves above toilet

Interior Design for Literature Lovers

Within the ensuite bathroom, the characterful WC continued the book-theme communicated in the bedroom’s wall art with a bookshelf which provided both fun and function.

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