A Grade II Listed Regency House That is Now a Stunning Family Home

A chandelier made out of test tubes in the 'boys only' room in a Regency house conversion

The open-plan kitchen in a stunning Regency house conversion

This is the home of interior designer, Karina Goncharova. It’s a grade II listed semi-detached house from the Regency period that has been sympathetically converted into a stunning home for herself and her family. Karina is Russian by birth and studied interior design in Moscow, but moved to London after a 5 year stint in Egypt. Finding something suitable in Central London proved to be quite a task, and once found, it took over 6 months and 60 planning applications before work could begin.

The open-plan kitchen/living room in a Regency House conversion

When Karina first saw, what was to be her family home, it was dark and out-dated, but it was spacious and had lots of potential. Including lots of period features and the character that she was looking for. It had been owned for over 50 years by an American family, and luckily for Karina they had extended the back in the 60’s to provide a good sized family room and master bedroom. She doubts that she would be able to get planning permission for such an extension today.

The open-plan kitchen/living room in a Regency House conversion

The open-plan kitchen/living room in a Regency House conversion

Today the house has an open-plan kitchen/living area, 3 sitting rooms, a dining room, conservatory, 3 en-suite bedrooms and a basement studio. Plus a good sized garden for her 2 year old son to run around in.

The modern dining room in a Regency House conversion

The family room in a Regency House conversion

“We don’t have a formal lounge in the house , we are just not a very “formal” family. We love it when our friends come with their kids and they all crawl onto that oversized daybed and watch cartoons, or my husbands friends come to watch football on that gigantic TV.” says Karina.

A chandelier made out of test tubes in the 'boys only' room in a Regency house conversion

The “boys only room” still has all the original panels, fireplace, and ceiling decor, but a statement chandelier made by Timothy Thornton out of medical tubes adds a bit of fun. There is even an original coat of arms on the fireplace saying FORTIS ET PATIENS , which possibly belonged to an old american family who lived here between 1811-1837.  

Farrow and Ball paint and wallpaper was used with the original panelling in this Regency house conversion

Karina kept all of the original wall panels in the hallway and added traditional F&B wallpaper and paint. The floor panels were found in Italy and  integrated into the original floor boards creating a beautiful and unique feature to greet guests.

New conservatory in a sympathetic conversion of a Regency house

The new and bigger conservatory replaces the old one, It’s now the favourite reading room in the house. The reclaimed printing stand from 1357 now holds plants and works perfectly to add that “old touch” to quite a modern conservatory.

The guest bedroom in a Regency House conversion

We are extremely happy with the result, it really feels like home where everyone gets their space” says Karina. “I’m still hunting for decorative pieces and art, but it’s going to be a lifetime project.

The basement studio in a Regency House conversion

Karina Goncharova is Partner and Creative Director of Kima Architecture and Interiors who specialise in architectural work in conservation areas and high-end residential interiors.

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10 Comments

  1. Reply

    Geraldine

    February 21, 2017

    What a beautiful home. I love the dining room with the retractable doors and that mint sofa.

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      deardesigner

      February 21, 2017

      Yes it’s lovely isn’t it. That sofa is very you 🙂

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    Stacey Sheppard

    February 21, 2017

    What a gorgeous place to live, perfect for family life. I love how bright and airy it is and the flooring in that last image is just a dream! Nice find Carole!

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      deardesigner

      February 21, 2017

      Thanks Stacey. I wouldn’t mind moving in either 🙂

  3. Reply

    Karen Clough

    February 20, 2017

    SIXTY planning applications? Oh my word – at least it’s utterly beuatiful now to make it all worth while. This is a dream project! x

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      deardesigner

      February 21, 2017

      Haha, that’s dedication for you. But I agree, it was totally worth it. 🙂

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    Kate

    February 20, 2017

    Loving the carpets and floor panels!

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      deardesigner

      February 21, 2017

      Yes! They’re lovely aren’t they 🙂

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    Kimberly ~ Swoon Worthy

    February 20, 2017

    Oh my goodness, what a stunning home! I adore the conservatory and the floor panels. It looks like a home that’s visually beautiful but also looks comfortable and inviting and that’s not always easy to get right. The mix of old and new is just perfect 🙂

    • Reply

      deardesigner

      February 20, 2017

      It is lovely isn’t it Kimberly. I think the floor panels are my favourite thing too. And the blue sitting room 🙂

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