An award-winning Victorian conversion from London with a must-see bathroom

From the entrance, this place looks like a typical Victorian house. There’s little you can see from the front, and the ubiquitous London Plane tree (the big one) outside doesn’t point to anything out of the ordinary – houses such as this being a relatively common but well-coveted staple in Britain.

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However, once you go in through the hallway and past the living room you’re greeted by something quite unexpected. A burst of light and open planned space that meets the garden. Click on the images below for a larger size.

This is what makes this house special. Staying on the lower levels, and going back towards the front of the house you’re met by something more traditional.

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You’re then thrust back into the new world, with a trendy study that’s part of the new conversion. This looks like such a perfect spot for concentration, or writing a book. The decoration is fairly minimal and the palette is limited, but there’s also a view of the trees which must be calming.

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The bedrooms are also all lovely, with some nice accents to boot. They’ve all made good use of space, and the mirrors, white walls and bright colours, all liven up the rooms.

The real showstopper in this building though, is what’s at the top of the tower conversion. A magical bathroom (below) with a completely glass roof. I don’t use the word magical with any exaggeration. This bathroom was the cherry on top that made the house received a RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award in 2008. An article in Grand Designs described the bathroom:

Upstairs the bathroom is more than just a room in which to groom. A small-scale bench in the shower room means you can sit while you shower, and on a clear night you can watch the moon traverse the sky through the glazed roof, from the comfort of a hammock.

New-builds always run the risk of being sterile, but this house is the opposite. It’s a place for late-night stargazing and leisurely late-afternoon lunches, with generous amounts of natural light and windows strategically placed to frame the natural surroundings

In the magazine Homebuilding & Renovating, more praise was given:

If there were a prize for best bathroom, [this] home in Hackney would easily win it. It’s rare that one finds a bathroom that multitasks, but Anne Katrine’s not only combines a magnificently stylish bathing area, but also has a space for exercising – complete with dumbbells – and hooks from which she can string a hammock to gaze up at the ever-changing sky through the room’s glazed roof

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Photos were taken, with permission, from The Modern House. This property was on the market at point of publication.

Comments & Curios: I’m feeling rustic

Home Tours

Have you seen this show-stopping loft in central Stockholm? Built in the 1800s, the original flooring and beams are still in, and exposed.

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Nooks-Smala-Grand-3-20Going with the trend, I’ve been looking at rustic and woody homes this week.

First up is this wonderful timber revamp from Western Massachusetts, designed by Ritch Holben. It was made from three old rental cabins that were demolished to make way for the more modern house. I can’t say if it were a good decision to demolish the old buildings, but what’s left is a very bright, open, spacious, and clean design, and the timber frame gives it sterling character! The only issues would be clearing the occasional spider web and changing light bulbs. And there are tools for those tasks.

Second to come is this modern rustic NZ pad, covered in ‘pohutukawa’ trees. More to come is this cosy warehouse conversion in London, and this luxurious converted barn. I feel like this house in the Sonoran desert, that mixes contemporary with rural French style, would go with all of the above as well.

Song for the weekend

Tennesse sounds so positive, it’s my song for the weekend because it talks about a lifestyle that these rustic style houses reflect. Cash actually lived in Tennessee too.

 

Found: hip lighting from Clas Ohlson

Last week I was shopping in Kingston-upon-Thames’ old market (image credit for the picture). There’s a Clas Ohlson just to the right of the featured photo which I popped in for, just intending to buy a new kettle for my mum.

Turns out they had a really cool range of lighting. They’d nearly sold out but the manager (Jim, maybe?) sold me a display model and picked out the right LED bulb. I’m planning on going back there today to see what else they have left and I’m hoping to get this one as it looks really adaptable, and it’s on sale. The display model I managed to nab is shown below and is a combination of one of these bulbs with the black base.

Unfortunately some of their bulbs have a label on the top that can’t be removed so do watch out for that if the bulb itself is going to be a centrepiece.

 

 

Comments & Curios

Today’s the day I share some of the interesting houses I’ve seen on other sites over the week.

Home Tours

I was revisiting some of my past tours, and I saw this magnificent wood-heavy and light-touched German interior. I’m really digging the built-in fittings here like the shelves and the fireplace.

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Going with the style, I’ve been looking at lighter and brighter and more fun homes this week. First up is this gorgeous guest room makeover, with an ombre statement wall. Second is this pastel-styled Dutch home, with some really cool touches.More to come is a refreshing Melbourne home which somehow managed to make pink and green look sophisticated together (credit to Fiona Lynch). I feel like this cool sideboard would go with all of the above as well. Also, I’ve just discovered this interior/architecture photographer, Annick Vernimmen, go check out their site.

Song for the weekend

I really love Zero 7! The spaces I saw this week reminded me of them. It feels like I’m in a soothing space-age church. Perfect song for a chilled Friday in.

 

Comments & Curios

This is a round up of some of the things I saw this week.

Home Tours

This week a picture from one of our tours was featured on a Reddit community with nearly 400,000 subscribers! You can see the full photo set here. I’ve also updated some of the post thanks to suggestions from commenters, including where to buy the gorgeous print in the other photo below.

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Meanwhile, I am in such a mood for smallish apartments and tiny homes this week. Maybe it’s because the homes are so small in my city? Bella Mumma posted a dreamy apartment a while back, which I like because it doesn’t look as ‘modular’ or compact as many of the small apartments I tend to see. There’s also a very pretty studio flat here which is very IKEA heavy, and a slightly larger apartment with glass doors to die for.

 

 

Song for the weekend

Sébastien Tellier is one of my favourite French artists. The song below is one of the tamer parts of an album called ‘Sexuality’, which is eerily reminiscent of Serge Gainsbourg’s seductive songs from the 70s. Have a nice weekend!

 

 

Comments & Curios

I saw so many beautiful places this week! I hope you guys will share my tastes.

Home Tours

Decordots features the darker side of Scandinavian style.

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Meanwhile, an LA bachelor embraces the colourful side, via Curbed.

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A vintage German pad embraces eclecticism; one from the archives.

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Song for the weekend

One of my favourite songs, it gives off such a rich atmosphere. I heard it first in Sydney Poitier’s film of the same name, where an African-American detective is asked to solve a murder in a racist small American town. It might still be on Netflix? Oldie, but worth a watch. There was a follow-up TV series that I’ve been meaning to get into.