Mid-Century Design Family Home

Parsons Green, London

Garden design by Bartholomew Landscaping with walls painted in pothole dark grey.

Timeless, Mid-Century Design

Working with Pascal Huser, our team carried out a complete back-to-brick refurbishment and extension to transform this private residential property into an inner-city sanctuary suitable for both relaxing and entertaining in. The mid-century modern design scheme for this family home in south-west London is seamlessly reflected throughout the interior and exterior. We wanted it to feel contemporary, luxurious and sophisticated while remaining warm and inviting. A sense of harmony and unity is achieved through the subtle repetition of distinct design elements, and the communal living spaces are transitional, making them fit for all members of the family. For this project, Designed by Woulfe won the ‘Residential Interior Private Residence London’ award at the UK Property Awards 2020 and was a finalist at the British Homes Awards 2020.

An Urban Garden Fit for Indoor-Outdoor Living

The outdoor space had to be as chic as the interiors while reflecting similar design principles for a connected, cohesive feel. We enlisted the help of the award-winning landscape architecture & garden design team, Bartholomew Landscaping, to create an urban jungle with cascading foliage and wood panelling that provides a sense of privacy and practical sound insulation. The compact space feels lush and the cosy outdoor seating area is framed by cool concrete planters. Back inside, bespoke joinery in sunflower yellow and panelled upholstery provides a cosy reading alcove with a pop of colour. We worked with Mark Alexander for all of the fabrics and wallcoverings throughout the home.

A cosy reading nook in the kitchen with bright sunflower lacquered cabinets. An urban garden fit for indoor-outdoor living and dining with natural stone flooring.

Open-Plan Design with Elegant Finishes

A whole series of connected living spaces make this open-plan home feel modern and spacious. British limestone was used for the inside and outside flooring so that when the kitchen opens up onto the garden, both spaces feel united. Large Maxlight roof lights invite natural daylight into the kitchen and illuminate the warm tones of the wood-panelled wall which is adorned with coloured stoneware vases and cookbooks. The metal-framed bar stools along the breakfast bar connect with the outdoor seating and an oversized kitchen island is perfect for cooking and hosting simultaneously.

Metal barstools at bulthaup kitchen bar counter on British Limestone floors. Outdoor dining area with outdoor fabrics from Mark Alexander and garden design from Bartholomew Landscaping.
A large open plan kitchen and dining room leads to an outdoor terrace.

Neutral Interiors Lifted with Stylish Art and Accessories

A vibrant abstract painting injects colour into the open-plan kitchen area and provides a beautiful backdrop whilst seated at the bespoke Tom Faulkner dining table. We created two defining spaces in the multi-purpose living room – an intimate library nook and a family area for lounging and watching TV. From the outset, the client had always expressed a love for the iconic Eames armchair, so we incorporated one which would complement the rest of the furniture and complete the look in this room. Working with lighting designer, Lucy Martin, a Lutron lighting control system was chosen to allow the client to set the preferred lighting scenes for different times of the day.

A circular rug from Stark Carpets creates a soft and relaxed reading area in this living room.  A natural wooden panelled wall in a kitchen dining room.
Mustard yellow rug in mid century inspired living room with Eames Lounger and TV unit with stone plinth.

Relaxed Living Spaces with a Sense of Balance and Order

Multi-purpose spaces enable everyone to enjoy this living area in their own way. A pair of Rosetta armchairs from Flexform add a touch of elegance and create the perfect setting for relaxing conversation within the library nook. The oak curved open slatted feature wall allows light to flow through the space whilst giving a sense of privacy when unwinding on the sofa. The client did not want the TV to be a prominent feature so we designed a piece of joinery with a sliding panel to conceal it when not in use. This design feature also provided an opportunity to display a piece of art in the space.

TM picture light lighting dark framed photograph with museum glass and tall plant in living room. Floor to ceiling curved oak slatted wall with integrated uplight from John Cullen Lighting.
A pair of flexform rosetta armchairs create a reading area in the library corner of this living room.

A Small Guest Bathroom Which Makes a Big Impression

For the guest cloakroom, we wanted to make a big impression. Avocado green and stone-coloured tiles create geometric illusion while the aloe green toilet gives a nod to 70’s interiors. The repeated use of brass in the space injects a sense of playfulness and leaves a lasting impression.

This luxurious bathroom features a avocado dark green toilet with a gold flush plate. The floor is adorned with sleek black tiles, providing a striking contrast. The walls are adorned with geometric tiles in a tasteful combination of beige and blue, adding a touch of sophistication. A wooden countertop holds a white bowl sink, accompanied by vases filled with dried flowers, bringing a natural and elegant element to the space. This luxury bathroom showcases a stylish and contemporary design. The walls are adorned with geometric beige and green tiles, adding a touch of sophistication. A Tom Falkner Lily mirror hangs on the wall, beautifully complemented by a gold and white globe wall light. The wooden countertop with a white bowl sink and gold tap exudes elegance, with a vase of dried flowers and a soap dispenser adding a charming touch. The combination of geometric patterns, metallic accents, and natural elements creates a luxurious and inviting atmosphere in this bathroom
Principle bedroom with Parsons green & fulham style terraced family home.

Effortless Yet Hard-Working Interiors

The flooring was kept neutral throughout the home. In the principal bedroom, hardwood floors were softened with layered window treatments and soft furnishings. A custom walnut floating headboard divides the space and creates a walk-in dressing room area. Rugs add texture, warmth and colour to the scheme. Multi-level lighting, from a statement chandelier to built-in bedside reading lights and pendants allow for different lighting combinations which enhance the bedroom’s ambience.

Glass and marble pendant light over walnut beside table with jacaranda rug under bed. Mark Alexander fabrics in bedroom with walnut headboard and furl max ottoman bedbase.
Mark Alexander soft natural fabrics in guest bedroom with natural oak headboard and floors.

Smart, Statement-Making Storage Solutions

The light-filled hallway was decorated simply with a patterned blue runner. An entire wall in contrasting ochre on the landing provides ample storage space. We kept the family bathroom neutral and modern with a combination of subway and herringbone pattern Carrara marble tiles for the floors and walls.

Blue hallway runner with Ochre yellow poliform wardobes for storage. Subway carrara marble family bathroom with Turkish Carrara herringbone tiled floor.
The DBW team really went above and beyond when it came to the project management of the overall project. They were called to take on more than would be expected of a designer when the principle builder started to miss deadlines. Brian personally supervised many of the meetings onsite that allowed us to move into our home. I can confidently say that the project would not have been completed if it were not for the DBW team.

Residential Client

An Interior Design Scheme That's Fun and Functional

The guest, family and principal bathrooms each utilise geometric patterns of the same colour palette in different finishes. We brought this family-friendly design scheme to life by combining natural and textured materials, geometric forms and repeated design details dressed with personable and sentimental home accessories collected by the client.

Natural Stone Rhomboids Romboo tiles from Salvatori Matt black shower fixtures with beige ceramic Italian tiles.

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