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
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