city slicker

Rich tex­tures, shim­mer­ing metallics and sump­tu­ous fur­nish­ings are the hall­marks of David and Sally Green’s chic town­house

25 Beautiful Homes - - NEWS - FEA­TURE Mag­gie Colvin | PHOTOGRAPHY Tony Tim­ming­ton

By strip­ping this west Lon­don prop­erty back to its bare bones, the own­ers were able to start from scratch and put their stamp on its in­te­rior

When it comes to de­sign in­spi­ra­tion, David Green has a great team at his fin­ger­tips. After 12 years in the prop­erty busi­ness, build­ing up his com­pany of ar­chi­tects and builders, he has de­vel­oped a taste for tak­ing on houses in less than de­sir­able con­di­tions.

‘This prop­erty backs on to a cul-de-sac, so it is a quiet lo­ca­tion for cen­tral Lon­don,’ he says of the 1930s home he and his wife Sally stum­bled across five years ago. ‘The ex­te­rior has a cot­tage-like feel with an in­ter­est­ing brick façade and para­pet bal­conies in the roof. But the in­te­ri­ors were ne­glected, dark and di­vided into small rooms, with an old rick­ety stair­case in one cor­ner of the sit­ting room.’ For­tu­nately, the cou­ple were able to see be­yond its short­com­ings and de­cided to un­der­take a com­pre­hen­sive ren­o­va­tion.

‘ We stripped it back to a shell, tak­ing out floors and walls un­til only the rear and front el­e­va­tions were left,’ says David. ‘It was the only way to use ev­ery cen­time­tre of space to its max­i­mum ef­fi­ciency and cre­ate a seam­less style. We also in­cluded space-sav­ing as­sets like pocket doors, which slide into the walls to open.’

David’s plan in­cluded scoop­ing out the base­ment for a cinema room and cel­lar; cre­at­ing a bal­cony in the roof at the back of the house and repo­si­tion­ing the stair­case. ‘Per­son­ally, I favour square rooms,’ he says. ‘So on the ground floor we linked the sit­ting room to the hall through double pocket doors. Also, by cut­ting away the floor di­rectly be­low the bay win­dow, we cre­ated a light well to al­low day­light into the din­ing area be­low. The glass balustrade is a safety fea­ture, and vis­ually helps square off the shape of the room.’

Light­ing is one of David’s spe­cial­i­ties. ‘Few peo­ple con­sider the im­por­tance of dif­fer­ent light sources,’ he says. ‘Light washes hid­den be­hind float­ing ceil­ings, and be­low fur­ni­ture at floor level pro­vide a good start. I also like to add state­ment pen­dants, ta­ble lamps and

con­cealed LED strips to frame open book­cases.’ Much of the fur­ni­ture is be­spoke as it en­abled the cou­ple to com­mis­sion pieces for awk­ward shapes and cor­ners. ‘That worked bril­liantly for us when it came to the ban­quette in the kitchen-diner,’ says David.

Re­ly­ing on Sally’s in­put to add colour­ful fem­i­nine touches here and there, David says he is essen­tially a mono­chrome man, with the ex­cep­tion of bold mod­ern art, which he col­lects with Sally. ‘I like an oc­ca­sional blast of in­tense colour, but for the most part, I pre­fer tex­tures that stand out best in a more sim­ple scheme,’ he re­flects. ‘I have a de­vo­tion to plain styles be­cause I think they pro­mote vis­ual tran­quil­lity through­out the house.’

With build­ing works com­plete, the cou­ple can fi­nally en­joy this tran­quil space in the bustling me­trop­o­lis. ‘It’s fan­tas­tic to come home here after a busy day,’ says David. ‘It’s a com­fort­able space, filled with favourite pieces. I can’t see us mov­ing on any time soon.’

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DIN­ING AREA An­tique mir­rors cre­ate a glam­orous feel­ing of space. ban­quette and din­ing chairs, be­spoke Sofa Lon­don. try Ar­bori Cross ex­tend­ing din­ing ta­ble, £2,395; Core pen­dants, £249 each, both heal’s

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KITCHEN Gran­ite work­tops and a mar­ble splash­back cre­ate a sleek fin­ish. try Parma range by bench­marx Kitchens, price on re­quest. wall paint, Slate 4 flat emul­sion, £ 46.50 per 2.5 litres, Pa­per & Paint Li­brary 3& 4 BATH­ROOM The curved tub con­trasts with the strong lines of the units. Cielo bath, £7,740, CP hart. try Shake the Sky for be­spoke stor­age 5 GUEST BED­ROOM Sally’s favourite spare room boasts a view from the bal­cony. Fuchsia pink throw, £80, home­sense. Sim­i­lar stool, price on re­quest, be­spoke Sofa Lon­don

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MAS­TER BED­ROOM An ab­stract paint­ing pro­vided in­spi­ra­tion for the choice of the lime-green soft fur­nish­ings. Sofa, price on ap­pli­ca­tion, be­spoke Sofa Lon­don. Sim­i­lar head­board, price on re­quest, the head­board work­shop

di S T INCT Ive home truths

PROP­ERTY Ter­raced house, built in the 1930s LO­CA­TION West lon­don PUR­CHASED 2012 ROOMS Hall, sit­ting room, din­ing room, kitchen, util­ity room, cloak­room, cinema room, three bed­rooms, two bath­rooms PRE­VI­OUS PROP­ERTY ‘Be­fore mov­ing here, we lived in a flat nearby,’ says David.

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