I included a couple of photos of this beautiful house in last week’s post about maximising natural light, and I couldn’t resist sharing a few more. Located in Fulham, southwest London, the Victorian terrace has been reworked by its photographer and software-developer owners to create a bright, minimalist family home. It has a distinct Scandinavian influence throughout, along with lots of clever tricks that flood the interiors with light.
The ground floor has been opened up to create a large kitchen and living space. Crittall-style windows and a row of skylights above the island unit bring in plenty of sunshine, while crisp white walls and pale oak flooring from Danish company Dinesen bounce it around the room. Dinesen wood is also used for the kitchen units, which merge seamlessly into the wall behind and introduce texture without detracting from the uncluttered feel. Grey limestone counters, white Gubi ‘Semi’ pendant lights and open shelves stacked with ceramics add further interest. I particularly like the dining area, with its Saarinen ‘Tulip’ table and elegant panelling (a contemporary take on a classic feature, made from strips of MDF).
Just beyond the kitchen is a section of glass patio which illuminates the house’s basement, now an office space and den. Here, solid walls have been replaced with internal glazing, allowing light to flow from one area to the next.
The clever use of light continues in the bedrooms, where custom-designed two-tier shutters block or bring in sunshine as needed. They work brilliantly with the natural linens and salvaged wooden furniture, which add a hint of rusticity to the otherwise sleek spaces.
The same shutters are used in the bathroom, alongside yet more Dinesen wood – here turned into a vanity unit and a surround for the tub. The raw-brass taps and shower fittings were handmade by the owners and are designed to develop a rich patina over time. They’re offset beautifully by pale grey hexagonal tiles.
All in all, it’s a wonderfully calming, clean-lined home with just the right amount of character. I don’t know about you, but I have a serious case of house envy!