A NEW PATTERN
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.
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