With so many de­sign ideas, this cou­ple couldn’t wait to do up their fam­ily home in the capital


With New York-style steel glaz­ing, French wall­pa­pers and a scheme that takes its colours from a Ba­li­nese paint­ing, Jen­nyfer Stan­ley’s home re­flects the places she vis­ited be­fore she and her hus­band, Tim Loo, set­tled in north Lon­don. ‘I love how the coun­tries that have been part of my life are re­flected in our Lon­don home,’ she says. Jen­nyfer used to work in fi­nance be­fore re­train­ing in in­te­rior de­sign, and the cities she has lived in in­clude Sin­ga­pore, Tokyo and New York. To add to the mix, Tim, strat­egy di­rec­tor at a dig­i­tal de­sign com­pany, orig­i­nally hails from Syd­ney. ‘Be­tween us, we brought an in­ter­na­tional flavour to this project,’ says Jen­nyfer.

The home she re­designed from scratch is a Twen­ties prop­erty and the cou­ple live here with their chil­dren, Madeleine, 10, and Seb, five. ‘ We de­lib­er­ately looked for a fixer-up­per,’ says Jen­nyfer. ‘I wanted to bring my own style to the space as I had a wealth of ideas ready to go.’ The house had been rented out and was in a di­lap­i­dated state, but that was fine by Jen­nyfer as she wanted to re­move sev­eral in­ter­nal walls on the ground floor and start afresh. ‘The over­all aim was to open up the spa­ces, while pre­serv­ing a feel­ing of in­ti­macy in each of them,’ she says.

creating a home

The so­phis­ti­cated sit­ting room at the front of the house now flows into a fam­ily room, which in turn flows into the din­ing area at the rear. This leads around the cor­ner into the kitchen, creating an open-plan feel that was im­por­tant to Jen­nyfer. ‘I spent some time work­ing in Tokyo, where the idea of flow is in­te­gral to de­sign and I think that seeped into my con­scious­ness,’ she says.

A din­ing room now oc­cu­pies the space where an old con­ser­va­tory once stood and was reimag­ined with Crit­tall­style glaz­ing by macar­chi­tect, who car­ried out the house’s ren­o­va­tion and cre­ated new rear, side and loft ex­ten­sions.

As for the in­te­ri­ors, key pieces of fur­ni­ture in the liv­ing spa­ces show Jen­nyfer’s love of mid-cen­tury de­sign, with cur­va­ceous shapes that sub­tly echo each other and make the open-plan ar­eas feel like a uni­fied whole.

In ad­di­tion to creating a sense of flow, Jen­nyfer was also keen to in­clude a va­ri­ety of tex­tures and pat­terns. ‘I think when you walk into a room, your eye should be drawn to in­ter­est­ing ob­jects, colours and fab­rics,’ she says.

re­laxed el­e­gance

This home was a chance to bring to­gether me­men­tos the cou­ple had picked up from var­i­ous coun­tries and com­bine them with re­cent fur­ni­ture pur­chases. ‘Some peo­ple pre­fer to buy ev­ery­thing new and match­ing, but I love to mix rather than match,’ says Jen­nyfer. She used mood boards to work out which tiles, fab­rics and paint colours would work to­gether, erring to­wards deep, at­mo­spheric blues and soft, un­ob­tru­sive grey shades, then splashed out on some strik­ing wall­pa­pers by Her­mès and Fro­men­tal.

While vel­vets, lux­u­ri­ous wall­cov­er­ings and ho­tel-style bath­rooms make this home feel spe­cial, it has a re­laxed feel, too. ‘I’d never want to live some­where that has a “hand­soff” pol­icy for chil­dren,’ says Jen­nyfer. ‘I’ve learnt it’s pos­si­ble to com­bine fam­ily life with a ca­sual el­e­gance.’

KITCHEN A com­bi­na­tion of deep blue, grey and white makes this a crisp and func­tional cook space. Kitchen in Pantry Blue, price on re­quest, DE­VOL. Retro Metro wall tiles, £75sq m, Fired Earth

EN SUITE Mar­ble tiling teamed with glam­orous brass fit­tings make for ho­tel-luxe style. Im­pe­rial As­to­ria Deco basin and stand, £1,104, The Cast Iron Bath Com­pany

MAIN BED­ROOM Steel-framed Crit­tal-style glaz­ing works with in­dus­trial-look fur­ni­ture to add a sharp, con­tem­po­rary edge. The rec­tan­gle metal glass pane wall cabi­net, £215, Rock­ett St Ge­orge, has a sim­i­lar look to this one

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