Although this house, set in Victorian terrace in Fulham, west London, is not large, the proportions of every room are ideal. A well-respected designer was asked to improve the layout, design new bathrooms and suggest furniture and fabrics for the young owner. Some period detailing survived and has been retained in the principal rooms, adding an elegance that does not come with newly built properties. High ceilings and wonderful windows are major features so curtains and poles were kept simple, relying on stripes to provide a graphic look.
Strong blocks of color and plenty of black detailing in the sitting-room and dining area are classic decorative motifs, here refined by the choice of a glass-topped table and chairs that have an outdoor-cafe look. An entire floor was allocated for the master suite of bedroom and bathroom, and, taking advantage of ceiling height, Venetian-style poles were used to create a dramatic and original four-poster bed. The bathroom incorporates plenty of storage and is enviably light. As well as a guest suite, the top of the house has been given over to a sleek studio space, purpose built for the artist-owner and lit by plenty of ceiling lights.