This Notting Hill Townhouse Features a 3-in-1 Living Space
Interior designer Beata Heuman's latest project, a townhouse in Notting Hill, went from boring and beige to colorful and whimsical. The clients, a couple who found out they were expecting their first child during the project, initially went for a gut reno of the 100-year-old townhouse, but as birth quickly approached the designer switched to a cosmetic retouch with a new timeline from only six months.
The homeowners were living in a rented apartment in the neighborhood when they found the beautiful turn-of-the-century property. The interiors, however, left a lot to be desired: They were “heavy with a lot of wood and dark brown veneers,” remembers Beata. Renovating the bathrooms, adding new flooring, lighting, paint and furniture gives it a welcoming and iconic British twist.
The salon got a new look thanks to painted floors, newly upholstered green twin sofas, and a vintage chandelier.
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The couple had a few family heirlooms, including two wing chairs that Beata had reupholstered, as well as a number of artwork that perfectly complemented the cheerful palette. "They had a colorful taste, which was a good place to start," notes Beata's colleague Caroline Barker.
The dining room includes four art nouveau pieces that represent each season. The amazing rattan planter comes from the Atelier Vime.
The original black cabinets built in by the developer go well with the green countertop, backsplash and Beata Heuman snowdrop pendants.
One of the first fixes was a new flooring on the lower level, a blue-and-white checkered linoleum overlying the existing ceramic tiles. "I got the idea from my parents' kitchen in Stockholm," says Beata. And while there was no time for a completely new kitchen, the existing joinery, the new Zellige tile floor and the meaningful green granite breathe new life into the once-dated room. The adjoining multipurpose dining room features a sunny yellow chesterfield, tapestries the homeowners picked up on their honeymoon, a vintage sideboard, and an Atelier Vime rattan planter.
A rainbow of art and patterns is displayed in the cave. A good case for more is more.
Then there is the little cave that cleverly functions as a three-in-one TV room, playroom, and additional dining area with seating for 12 people. The small white table hides under the long blue and white day bed when not in use. While the patterned Totty Lowther wallpapers and floors “give the impression that the room is surrounded by porcelain,” says the designer.
The narrow, five-story house, typical of early 20th century London architecture, had many points of decoration, including two cramped offices, and Beata made sure that “all areas were used and no corners of the house felt deserted. She remembers. Unique vintage pieces, works of art and sophisticated details are combined with golden yellow accents. Farrow & Balls India Yellow can be seen in the main bathroom with shades of blue and cheerful tones that bring out the details of the era.
Paint & Paper Library Paint in Caravan and polished limestone countertops accentuate the powder bath.
The yellow reflections in the main bathroom thanks to Farrow & Balls India Yellow highlight the details of the period.
Beata doesn't shy away from color in the main suite either. The bold linen fabric behind the bed is called Wild Thing.
For the master bedroom, Beata opted for something quiet and calm, using Lewis and Woods Wild Thing fabric for a traditional canopy, plus oversized lamps and a custom blue leopard rug for an unexpected play with dimensions.
Farrow & Balls Red Earth was not Beata's first choice for his studies, but the writer husband was drawn to it.
The other person's study is light and airy, including a vintage desk, Beata Heuman Mini Globe pendant, and Farrow & Ball Hay paint.
In addition, there are the two studies, whose sizes are parallel but opposite, as well as the unexpectedly grown-up children's room with a custom-made headboard and a newly upholstered wing chair, one of the traditional pieces of the family.
The design of the house is a master class in pushing and pulling old and new, traditional and out-of-the-box.
Originally published on Architectural Digest
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