A Victorian House Transformed

by Jennifer Hamilton in Interior designed homes

A Victorian house in London is transformed by NS Interiors into a light-filled luxury home imbued with innovative technology throughout.

Interior designer Nick Sunderland has brought space, light, state-of-the-art technology and a touch of personality to this Victorian house in London’s Brook Green, not to mention adding two extra storeys. His clients, a Brit and an American, were looking to instil a blend of their different tastes into their new home.

“They wanted a house that was unique, the envy of their friends without being ostentatious,” says Sunderland. “He wanted the house to be a technological play home with a myriad of gadgets and she wanted a home that combined Britishness with her American roots.”

Sunderland’s renovation maintains Victorian elements while still creating a contemporary home. Original details like coving, ceiling roses and fireplaces are combined with large open spaces and high ceilings, and hand-stained walnut floors are paired with light-coloured walls (Dulux Light and Space) and mirrored and acrylic details, to reflect light around the home. A full height basement and loft space were also added, giving the owners new extravagance of space.

“They wanted a house that was unique, the envy of their friends without being ostentatious.”

The property needed serious TLC, having not been renovated for over 40 years. “It was a typical hotch-potch; sinks in every bedroom, decaying windows,” Sunderland describes. He aimed to transform the dark interior, so his clients could walk through the door and see right through to the garden. The entire ground floor was made open plan, flooding the space with natural light, and a new extension allowed for an indulgently sized island kitchen that opens out into the back garden.

The kitchen has become the heart of the property as well as a hub for entertaining. It is light and airy, with high ceilings and a skylight, decked out in white gloss lacquer cabinets and stainless steel Gaggenau appliances. A tiled floor (Via Arkadia) stretches into the garden through a foldaway wall of doors – blending the visual appearance between inside and out – where a cosy outside space makes the ideal spot for alfresco dining (and maybe a dip in the hot tub).

The living areas fuse softer aesthetics with touches of modernity. The scheme is a muted palette of greys and silvers, with Robert Langford sofas upholstered in Kentia velvet from Wemyss, boldly pattered curtains (also Wemyss), a Swarovski globe light and glass finishes, with the walnut cabinetry and floors adding warmth. A striking Isamu Noguchi coffee table – a numbered original – fuses the two aesthetics perfectly.

Upstairs, the master bedroom is a more opulent affair, with two dressing rooms and a luxury en suite, plus a four poster bed from Arthur Brett. A polished plaster wall behind the bed adds a sense of luxury, as do the Bolier furnishings and the mother of pearl Verner Panton lamp (Verpan). All lighting, blinds and TV functions are controlled via iPhone or iPad.

One of the most covetable areas of the house is the ensuite bathroom. The Raindance Rainmaker from Hansgrohe is a whopping 60cm wide, with integrated LED lights, side jets and several programmes, and the jacuzzi bath allows the owners to relax and watch television. “My clients are used to staying in luxury hotels, so wanted a bathroom to match their standards,” says Sunderland.

The house is characterful and luxurious with seamlessly integrated technology, epitomised by the basement media room. Here, the owners can entertain guests or settle down to a movie in a fully automated room with LED colour-change lighting that creates atmosphere. Behind the sofas, a specially commissioned mural depicting Chicago (the client’s home town) shows Sunderland’s attention to detail. Not only does it hide storage, but a closer look reveals it also hides the projector for the cinema screen – in the moon.

According to Sunderland, his clients wanted, “a wow factor at every turn,” and, by the looks of it, that’s just what they got.

NSI Interiors – www.nsinteriors.com

Gaggenau – www.gaggenau.com/gb/

Via Arkadia – www.via-arkadia.co.uk

Robert Langford – www.robertlangford.co.uk

Wemyssfabrics – www.wemyssfabrics.com

Swarovski – www.swarovski.com

Arthur Brett – www.arthurbrett.com

Bolierco – bolierco.com

Verpan – www.verpan.com

Hansgrohe – www.hansgrohe.co.uk

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