I’ve often wondered what it would be like to live in London mews house. The advantages are clear. Conveniently tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city they can be quiet and traffic free. And yet they are close to all of the amenities London has to offer. With shops, restaurants and transport just a short walk away. They have an abundance of charm too. Also they often have cobbled streets out front, and easily managed courtyard gardens behind. Which means they have plenty of character without the hard work of maintenance. Plus, their humble beginnings as 18th Century stables and coach houses can provide a perfect blank canvas for ingenious conversions. All without the constraints of having to respect the period features of other properties of this age I might add.
Take a Look
This lovely three bedroom mews house in West London is the work of Alexander Waterworth Interiors and it’s so light and airy you’d be forgiven for thinking it must be a much larger property. The designer took inspiration from mid-century design which is clear to see. He says “This approach allowed us to source rare and interesting antique furniture and accessories combining them with beautiful contemporary details, finishes and lighting.”
The crowning glory of this particular home has to be the large glass ‘lightbox’ in the living room. It floods the space with light which no doubt moves around the room as the sun moves, creating interesting shadows and highlights.
There’s a calmness to the living room, thanks to the off-white walls, grey linen blinds and biscuit coloured rug and upholstery. All of which allow the mid-century furniture and the curated accessories to stand out and shine. With the french doors opening out to the walled patio, this would be a room to enjoy whatever the season.
The Kitchen/Dining Room
Likewise, in the kitchen/dining room the cabinets and worktops have been kept minimal and white with appliances hidden from view. This allows the table and chairs to take centre stage and highlights the stunning overhead pendant light.
This room is equally as light and airy thanks to a lightwell and the beautiful pale wood floor that flows throughout.
Upstairs the feel is slightly more traditional, but the colour scheme and limited materials continue.
A steamlined workspace has been created in the corner of one of the bedrooms, and the top floor mastersuite nestles under the sloping roof.
Yes I could live here.
To see more of Alexander Waterworth’s work visit his page on Houzz.