Once upon a time, a young family in Hampstead, north London, bought a newly built home from a property developer. Although they loved its location in a neighbourhood with a village feel bordered by a heathland forest, they were not too keen on the generic, luxury look the developer had chosen for its interior.
The new owners wanted a more modern interior design to complement the property’s exciting architecture, and yet the décor they received was more suited to a period home with high ceilings.
No problem, for all it took was the help of some very creative professionals to style up the interiors with a more contemporary-yet-personal look and add in huge windows/glass doors wherever possible to enjoy the lush forest views outside.
This story is indeed a home with a very happy (and fashionable) ending…
How inviting is that kitchen? Flaunting a beautiful U-shaped layout, it looks to be the perfect cooking (and socialising) spot where one can conjure up a multitude of mouth-watering dishes while keeping the guests (seated on those stylish bar stools) company.
To enhance the house’s new look, the original grey floor tiles were removed for being way too cold. In their place, the homeowners now get to enjoy wide-engineered oak boards laid over underfloor heating.
A dining area shares the kitchen’s open-plan layout – but even though the two rooms are combined, one can definitely see a slight difference in colours and looks. This is no accident, as each room in the house gets treated to its own palette of natural-, neutral and vibrant hues.
Our favourite piece here has got to be those round, eye-catching ceiling pendants, which were handmade in the Philippines, that bring dramatic impact to the dining space.
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Although the house’s original layout was sound, it was fine-tuned to make the best use of space and to ensure that the home really suits its owners and their lifestyle.
The living room was tweaked to create a large seating area with a corner sofa and a separate reading area. A contemporary fireplace was also styled up, complete with an easy-to-use bioethanol fire.
For the main bedroom, the designers committed to a neutral colour scheme, yet added feature walls of natural fibre wallpaper to ensure a cosy atmosphere, introduce some texture and connect with the exterior spaces – which is located just a few feet away…
… as you can see here.
Out of all the rooms, the master bedroom boasts the most colour, with a bed upholstered in dark blue-grey fabric and a mustard-yellow sofa taking up prime space right before we venture through the sliding glass door to the charming little terrace outside (which has also been styled up with furniture and décor pieces reminding us of the ever-fabulous Scandinavian design).
When it came to the child’s bedroom, the designers opted for mostly neutral hues, although they did treat the space to some delightful floral-themed wallpaper that adorns a focal wall and brings in a ‘wow’ factor.
Dusky-rose curtains complement the stunning look, resulting in a scheme that’s unexpected and not remotely babyish.
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