Who wouldn’t want to get their hands on a 18th-century (Grade II-listed) Georgian townhouse apartment in Central London? I mean. Come on. Soaring high ceilings, large spacious rooms, and plenty of light are just some of the advantages. Not to mention location. But it’s a responsibility too. In the wrong hands it could all go horribly wrong. So the owners of this stunning apartment did the right thing, and brought in Red Deer to handle the sympathetic conversion and restoration. It was certainly in good hands.
A Bit of Background
The two-storey 18th-century apartment, part of a larger Georgian townhouse, is located in London’s Marylebone. Built in 1750 the two-bedroom property is comprised of a ground-floor open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, bathroom, master bedroom with ensuite and outdoor terrace. On the upper first-floor is a second bedroom which overlooks the outdoor terrace. Sound good so far?
Stripped back to its shell, the layers of history begin with the property’s Portland Estate 1750s layout, which underwent some alterations in the early 19th century. Reconfiguring the layout further, Red Deer removed the apartment’s bathroom and cloakroom andnarrowed the hallway in order to accommodate two smaller bathrooms, one being ensuite. Additionally, the kitchen was reoriented to create an open-plan social kitchen and dining space for entertaining.
The original Jacobethan mouldings and new-classical plasterwork make up a marriage of styles which were all carefully restored by Red Deer. Period fireplaces were also sourced and reinstalled, along with reclaimed Douglas Fir floorboards. A palette of black, white and grey flows across the property allowing the sharper lines of one-off furniture pieces and brass fittings to shine. With a distinctive mid-century American styling, the interior is effortlessly elegant and eclectic.
Well the results are plain to see. The finished apartment has lost none of its grandeur but it is still a warm and welcoming space. A warm white backdrop certainly does allow all of the furniture and eclectic collections to sing out. There’s a lot of detail but it’s gentle on the eye. The open-plan layout of the main reception rooms has retained a flow while allowing a dedicated space for cooking, dining and relaxing. I think it’s stunning.
Architects: Red Deer
Photographs: Billy Bolton
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