Step inside for a tour around this family home in London’s Notting Hill. The home owners were looking for a simple but elegant interior for this five bedroom house. The spaces are now warm and welcoming, with plenty of bright areas and modern styling.
The main goal of this home renovation was to modernize and boost storage spaces for the growing family. The area under the stairs has been fitted with cupboards for additional space, and the cabinetry uses sleek white fittings to keep the space looking fresh and contemporary.
The kitchen and dining room on the lower ground floor were opened into one large open plan area. The surfaces were fitted with quartz worktops.
The banister for the staircase was replaced with glass panels to allow more light into the hallway, and give the kitchen an open feel. I quite like the visual contrast of the staircase as the dark lines pop out like a pattern against the white walls.
The dining room area here has doors that lead out to the garden. It’s quite typical in Notting Hill homes to have the street entrance a little higher than the back, so this is the lower ground floor area. While basement areas are usually considered dark and gloomy, there is a a lot of light brought in to the room with floor to ceiling windows on either side, and a skylight installed above the table.
Keep your kitchen areas light and bright with natural materials, and you will find it much more enjoyable to cook and prepare food. When a home has enough kitchen storage, it’s a lot easier to keep the area tidy too.
In addition to bar seating at the far end of the island, there is a dining table for sit down meals. It’s great to have different layers of seating in the kitchen. I find that the kitchen often becomes the center of social engagements, as all activities eventually lead towards eating!
These lights are so pleasing to the eye, and also useful to make sure you can see your way up.
Upstairs is the master bedroom in grounded earthy tones. The appeal for neutral colors is that they lean well towards a classic and sophisticated look. It was one of the most interesting parts of the project to design, incorporating the walk in wardrobe area and bathroom beyond.
The en suite bathroom begins here, with the storage space for clothes and shoes. However, a dressing room is more than an area for your socks, but a great way to clear your head and get things organized. Having a well planned space between the bathroom and bedroom will make it easier to keep clothes stored and out of sight. That means the bedroom itself will be easier to keep clear, leading to busy-free surroundings and a restful night’s sleep.
I love the tiles paired with the dark slate flooring. The rounded bathtub alongside the soft lighting from the shutters gives off that spa feel. Perfect for bubble baths and relaxation mode.
Another element to the master bedroom was this wardrobe which was wide enough to hide the television.
Take note of the individual animal shapes for the door handles – so cute. The blue, white and yellow lanterns tie the color theme of the room together.
Instead of a shower curtain, this bathroom has been fitted with a glass door for the shower that can be pushed back flat against the wall. Lots of great space saving ideas here, too, like the under sink storage area.
Bathrooms are not always the biggest spaces, and it’s hard because you can’t just move furniture around to get to different parts like you can in the bedroom or living room. So shelves are great space savers because you are eliminating the need to open doors that can be a hindrance.
I really like the cross hatch pattern of the tiles. They are so eye catching! The metal accents of the handles make a great contrast against the softer lines.
Sophisticated and contemporary, I really enjoyed the walk through of this family home. The staircase is my favorite element, although I do quite fancy the walk in dressing room.
Have you taken any elements away for your own home inspiration?
Project: Talbot Road
Design: Ardesia Design
Photos: Ardesia Design