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estrained opulence comes to
mind when visually devouring
this cream-on-cream London
interior. A contemporary take on
a georgian terrace, this six-level home has a
hint of yesteryear charm, brought up to date
by contemporary furniture and fittings.
British architectural and design firm SHH
is behind the new home and interior. The
brief? A family home with lots of space and
traditional proportions, packed with state-
of-the art technology and conveniences. The
look? Cream, off-white and funky.
Mission achieved. Today, the home covers
1114sqm and includes a huge reception
room, large formal dining room, family
room, cinema and pool room, an entire floor
dedicated to the main bedroom (more like
a retreat) and five children’s bedrooms,
which each had to reflect the personality
a nd preferences of the people in them.
However, whoever and whatever is on each
level, it’s all about luxury, style and lifestyle.
It starts from the upper-ground level, where
you enter the home, stepping into a double-
sized foyer with a free-floating staircase.
Limestone flooring, pearlised wallpaper, a
huge silver-gilt mirror, a rabbit-fur ottoman
and a lighting installation set the tone.
A glass double-door leads into what the
owners call the reception room. This 66sqm
space is divided into a formal zone towards
the front of the home and a more relaxed area
opposite, on the garden side of the property.
Three rugs, custom made by SHH, define the
zones and guide visitors through the space.
To the right is the formal area where
a n oversized chandelier defines the room.
Scandinavian sofas are upholstered in fau x
goat hide, two leather chairs lend an organic,
feminine shape a nd Minotti sidetables bring
a designer, contemporary edge.
Opposite, the more relaxed zone is
defi ned with low-lying sofas in light-pewter-
coloured velvet. Two smaller chandeliers add
restrained glamour, while pearlised leather,
faux fur and two laser-cut panels (which hide
a second entrance to the home) add textural
interest. The space is finished with pelmet-
to-floor linen curtains combined with a
crocheted-look, cream-coloured leatherette
and pearlised polished plaster walls. Glam.
Below this floor is the ‘garden level’. This
is where the family spends its time relaxing
or dining. A family room has a warm,
comfortable feel with layers of carpet and
shag pile underfoot, while a Minotti sofa is
covered in a mix of houndstooth and plain
chenille with lashings of silk cushions. The
dining room is more minimal, with a cross-
combed polished plaster wall defining the
space. Window treatments have been well
thought out, with silk curtains and a panel
glide system setting the mood with light.
The ultimate in lifestyle luxe is in the
basement. Here, the family has a cinema, a
pool worthy of a six-star resort (including
CLOCKWISE from right A view from the family room into the
kitchen; a cross-combed polished plaster wall is an eye-catching
element in the dining room, which features a Gallotti & Radici
dining table and Minotti chairs; the luxurious pool area.
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