A TOUCH OF GOLD One cou­ple en­lists the help of an in­te­rior de­signer friend to in­ject colour and char­ac­ter into their house

One cou­ple called on the ex­per­tise of an in­te­rior de­signer friend to help in­ject colour and char­ac­ter into their fam­ily home

House Beautiful (UK) - - CONTENTS - WORDS CIARA EL­LIOTT

When Vic­to­ria and Si­mon Gold be­gan mar­ried life, it was in a two-bed­room top-floor Vic­to­rian flat in an area of north Lon­don they both loved. The pe­riod home had stun­ning views across the city but, sadly, was lack­ing in liv­ing space. Af­ter the birth of their first daugh­ter Selma, the cou­ple found them­selves in need of a new home for their grow­ing fam­ily.

‘So off I went, buggy in tow, to find our dream home,’ says Vic­to­ria. ‘We were set on a four-bed­room house with pe­riod fea­tures in the area where we al­ready lived. But the re­al­ity of find­ing the per­fect house with fire­places, stained-glass win­dows, cor­nic­ing, or­nate mo­saic tiles and an out­door space for the kids to play in was turn­ing into a bit of a pipe dream. Prop­erty prices were so high, we started to re­alise we were go­ing to have to take on a project.’

With the search be­gin­ning to slow, Vic­to­ria de­cided to widen her net, fi­nally set­tling on a prop­erty a lit­tle fur­ther out than they had orig­i­nally wanted. It had been ex­tended and re­con­fig­ured, but had the space they needed and was a blank can­vas, so they would be able to make it their own.

‘The pre­vi­ous own­ers were prag­matic peo­ple and had al­ready al­tered the lay­out to max­imise liv­ing space,’ ex­plains Vic­to­ria. ‘They had ex­tended up­wards and out­wards, mak­ing the

PHO­TOG­RA­PHY FIONA MUR­RAY EX­TE­RIOR This north Lon­don Vic­to­rian ter­race has been trans­formed into an eclec­tic four-bed­room fam­ily home LIV­ING ROOM A con­tem­po­rary Crit­tall-style room di­vider has re­placed the heavy dou­ble doors that once sep­a­rated the liv­ing and din­ing spa­ces. The be­spoke panel, painted in Far­row & Ball’s Off Black, has opened up the area, al­low­ing light to flood through

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