One can fantasize about the perfect home, endlessly designing in one mind and pretending that compromise does not matter, but for one couple it was a single photograph in an estate agent’s window that made a dream come true. South London contains a wealth of early twentieth-century houses, built at a time when proportions and detail mattered and quality finishing was the norm. The photograph, however, showed only an elegant bath set before a pair of French doors and a tantalizing view of greenery beyond.
Fortunately, apart from some surprising color-schemes, the rest of the house was as perfect as the bathroom: structurally sound, light and with Neo-classical detailing, it would only need painting from top to bottom. Using a range of Grey-toned off-whites, the four-story house was instantly changed from being rather intimidating and dramatic to contemporary and comfortable home. Some of the furniture was specially made for the house, but the owners also have a shop supplying their favorite styles from Italy and France, so the ensemble is interesting and original. It is a rare treat to find a large house that works so well without having carry out major work.