hidden as­sets

Fiona and Tim Pere­grine’s im­pres­sive base­ment ex­ten­sion is now a stylish mul­ti­pur­pose space for all the fam­ily

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture JANE CRITTENDEN | Pho­tog­ra­phy JAMES FRENCH

A Lon­don cou­ple boosted the size of their base­ment to cre­ate a stylish, open-plan fam­ily space

When Fiona Pere­grine and her hus­band, Tim, viewed this five-bed­room Vic­to­rian semi in west Lon­don, they knew they had found a home with the po­ten­tial to give them the com­fort­able fam­ily space they had al­ways dreamt of. ‘There was a base­ment, which housed the util­ity room,’ says Fiona, ‘so Tim and I came up with a plan to ex­tend this un­der the en­tire house and into part of the gar­den.

It took a year, but we got ex­actly what we wanted: a huge area con­tain­ing a large fam­ily room to share with our girls An­jali, 7, and In­dia, 5, plus a study/ bed­room, bath­room and util­ity room. On the ground floor we added an open-plan kitchen-diner and painted the Shaker-style cup­boards in a dar­ing black-blue. The is­land has a fab­u­lous wood ve­neer and wide draw­ers – per­fect for stor­ing food.’

Dark woods and metal­lic fin­ishes com­bined with warm blues and greys have given the kitchen and new base­ment ex­ten­sion a so­phis­ti­cated, mas­cu­line feel. A colour­ful pat­terned rug framed by an L-shaped sofa in teal vel­vet en­hance the mod­ern aes­thetic in the fam­ily space. In the rest of the house, flo­ral paint­ings by Aus­tralia-based artist Mar­cella Kas­par and Rus­sian Natalia Tsvetkova lend a softer note.

‘I never imag­ined I’d have a pink sit­ting room,’ says Fiona, ‘ but the art­work in­flu­enced the pas­tel tones we chose for the cur­tain and arm­chair fab­ric. I think the shade works re­ally well with the but­tery hue of the leather sofa.’

Over the years, the cou­ple has amassed an eclec­tic col­lec­tion of fur­ni­ture and or­na­ments from dif­fer­ent eras, sourced mostly from ebay. ‘I’m a work­ing mum so I don’t have the time to browse flea mar­kets, even though I would love to,’ says Fiona.

The cou­ple’s finds mix to­gether har­mo­niously. Mid-cen­tury style pre­vails in the din­ing area, where orig­i­nal Er­col But­ter­fly chairs are paired with a Robert Her­itage ta­ble. A 1990s Matthew Hil­ton Balzac sofa in the sit­ting room blends in with a pair of 19th-cen­tury Howard & Sons arm­chairs. ‘They’re time­less so make per­fect partners,’ says Fiona.

‘ We’re de­lighted with our home – it’s even bet­ter than we thought it would be,’ she says, ‘and we still get great plea­sure from look­ing at all the things that make it unique to us.’

de­sign ad­vice‘ It’ s best to use strik­ing pat­terns or tex­ture sin mod­er­a­tion so you can re­ally ex­pe­ri­ence their full, glo­ri­ous ef­fect’

KITCHEN The pippy oak draw­ers and brass ac­cents con­trast beau­ti­fully with the deep blue of the cab­i­nets. Cab­i­nets, price on ap­pli­ca­tion, adam El­liot Be­spoke Kitchens & Fur­ni­ture. Gran­ite work­top in Taj ma­hal, around £900sq m, Gran­ite Lon­don

FAM­ILY ROOM French win­dows open­ing onto a small court­yard help to en­hance light lev­els. Ban­croft corner sofa in Vel­vet azure, £ 4,500, Sweetpea & Wil­low. Cru­cial Trad­ing Fab­u­lous rug in Ruby Nar­row, £106, De­signer Car­pet Rem­nants

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