I have a fascination with apartments and houses in buildings that were originally designed for something else. Hence my love of old barns. But I also love old church conversions, school conversions and even cowsheds! Conversions are always so quirky. There’s always an abundance of space, high ceilings, and galleries that are crying out for my decorators eye to give them the once over, and decide how to maximise the impact and make the spaces work for comfortable living. In fact I’m so often on estate agent sites my BF often says ‘are we moving then?’
I’m not really interested in the outside (although that is very handsome indeed) – just the thought of living, moving, entertaining, relaxing, and working in a home that has unusual vistas and endless scope for playing with the light and improving the flow.
And now I have to add old courthouses to that list.
The apartment shown here was originally Court Room No 1 of a Grade II listed courthouse building in West Kensington, known as The Old Courthouse. It has a striking 35’ vaulted reception room with a open-plan kitchen, mezzanine, dining room and media area. It also has three bedrooms (the master bedroom has an en-suite), a laundry room, cloakroom and a courtyard garden. What more would you want living in Kensington?
The interior has been designed by Sigmar, a collaboration between interior designer Ebba Thott and furniture specialist Nina Hertig.
I love that imposing cabinet in the kitchen. Not sure if it is original but it certainly gives a link to the history of the building. I also love they way they have used colour to warm up the space and rugs to divide up the open-plan living area. And of course, I love, love, love all of the African and ethnic touches. So up my street.
Available to buy for £2,495m via Domus Nova