Georgian house redesign: First floor

With its quirky layout, this characterful Georgian house has a more intimate and cosy feel than a typical townhouse of the period.  We wanted the design to be sensitive to the period yet contemporary in feel and, most importantly, a comfortable home. 

On the first floor there is a magnificent living room as well as the principal bedroom with en suite bathroom.

The hallway is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Slipper Satin, a chalky off white. The stairs, spindles and handrail were painted in Farrow & Ball’s archive dark brown, Salon Drab.

A Roman blind in Rose Uniacke’s linen in Stripe III adds gentle pattern with its wide slim stripe. 

The large living room provides an elegant space with plenty of light coming from the dual aspect windows. To make the most of the generous and airy room we painted the walls in Farrow & Ball Joa’s White, a light and contemporary taupe with the merest hint of black pigment. The ceiling was painted in Farrow & Ball Wimborne White, a just off-white, and the cornice and woodwork were in Farrow & Ball Pointing – a warm and delicate neutral named after the colour of lime pointing used in traditional brickwork. 

The windows were dressed in a combination of curtains and Roman blind in Tropical Clouded Leopard fabric by Scottish designers Timorous Beasties. This heavily illustrative design features a leopard sitting in a wonderfully colourful floral scene.

A large bespoke modular corner sofa by Olson & Baker in Linwood’s textured boucle fabric in rich terracotta Carnelian 11 fills the large space without dominating. An array of cushions by Conran Shop and Timorous Beasties softens the modular shape and adds decoration with their striking patterns and images.

Facing the sofa, a Noomi Swivel Lounge Chair by award-winning Danish designer, Susanne Gronlund in mocha Boucle with a black base provides a contemporary and comfortable extra seat.

The coffee table is the Leith square table in European Oak by Pinch Design. It has sculpted, faceted solid timber legs, and a chamfered profile that continues around the underside of the table to deliver a light and striking silhouette.

The Freya three-door sideboard is also by Pinch Design. It features classically proportioned paneled doors, which open to reveal timber-lined interiors. The cabinet has integrated cable access in the base to hide cables from view.

Above the sideboard are two Circa Lighting Go Lightly sconces in a charcoal finish with linen shades.  The oak floor lamp has a Jim Lawrence cylinder shade in Cream Killowen Linen, and the bespoke central pendant shade is from Heathfield Lighting.

The carpet in the living room, landings and stairs is Crucial Trading’s Treasure carpet in Sea Salt.

The flatweave Frencie rug in a rose colourway is from European online rug seller, Benuta, and grounds the space.

The large master bedroom was painted in light shades to make the most of the natural light and higher ceilings.

The walls were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Green Ground, a pale fresh green. The ceiling was painted in Little Greene’s Rolling Fog Pale, the picture rail and woodwork was in Farrow & Ball paint in Skimming Stone – a warm light grey.

The raw metal and brass bed from the Wrought Iron Bed Company was complimented by a pretty decorative quilt and cushions from Wicklewood, and two Scumble Goosie Empire Bedside Tables painted in Brick Lane Blue. The two antique chest of drawers and dressing table are from from Beau Nash Antique & Silverware in Bath and give depth to the room alongside a colourful and fun House of Hackney Phantasia Velvet Bottomon in Emerald Green.

The Roman blinds were made in Linwood’s tweed-style Freya fabric in Biscuit with a tassel trim to add interest.

Lighting was provided by a combination of complimentary lights. Graham & Green’s black and brass pendant works well with similarly shaped Mo single wall lights with black hoods from Pooky Lighting. Black Monday table lamps with a Forest Green cone velvet shades, also from Pooky, sit on the antique chests. 

The large round mirror is by Graham & Green.

The carpet is Crucial Trading’s Treasure carpet in Sea Salt.

The walls and woodwork of the master ensuite were painted in Farrow & Ball’s Skimming Stone, whilst the ceiling matched the master bedroom in Little Greene’s Rolling Fog in Pale.

The ensuite is lit by two Bryant Bath Sconces in Polished Nickel from Circa Lighting UK. 

The first floor is a light contemporary space where the client can relax and enjoy views over her beautiful garden.

For more photos please see the full project on my Gallery page here

All photos: Nick Smith Photography