Right this one’ll wake you up. It’s a tale of two halves this week – one a completely over the top luxurious, glamorous Dolce and Gabbana of a house and one an oasis of minimal Armani calm. Which one will you go for?
We’re going in at the deep end with this two bedroom, three reception apartment that is on the market with Savills for £1,100,000. It’s on the ground floor of a Victorian building and its owner former model scout and interior designer Fiona Ellis has had a riot decorating it. Some of you may recognise it from Living etc earlier this year.
She describes her style as a mix of antique, modern, deco and jungle with lots of textiles and dark colours thrown in. Her style icon was BIBA for those of you who are old enough to remember. Check out the leopard print kitchen ceiling, the alligator skin hall ceiling and the metallic wallpaper in the sitting room below.
I love it but perhaps only for the weekend. I might need somewhere to rest my eyes for the other days of the week. Hilariously the estate agent’s description focuses on the nearby amenities and transport links. The poor chap can’t find a single word to say about the interior so has steered completely clear of saying anything at all apart from mentioning the “atmospheric entrance hall”.
I would so love to go with him on a viewing and see how he handles it. Or perhaps pretend to be a buyer. I think this is definitely one worth seeing in the flesh. And, on a more sensible note, this style won’t be for everyone but it’s a reminder that we should all be a little braver in our choices. If there is something that makes you happy then you should incorporate it into your decor and not worry about resale value or what others may think.
The other unexpected touch is the simplicity of this bathroom which I totally wasn’t prepared for. It’s small and beautifully done and, after the kitchen, not what I was thinking to find.
But for another clever idea which you totally could steal look at the orange stripe round the cornice of this room. It’s a neat little trick and one that is picked up by the orange bed. Now that is worth thinking about.
Or maybe you prefer this cool, calm and collected bedroom? I always think it’s a toss up between whether you want a bedroom that’s light and bright to help you get up in the morning or one that’s dark and moody and will help you go to sleep. Fortunately, in the fantasy house that we are building, there will be more than one bedroom so we can sleep in a different one depending on how the mood takes us.
This is clearly shaping up to be the townhouse where we have to get up in the morning to go to work and the other is for lie-ins and hangovers and a spot of decadent weekend living. Now where did I put that lottery ticket…
This one is on the market with The Modern House for £4,650,000 and has four bedrooms and is set behind gated gardens. It’s in Kensington too, which goes some way towards explaining the price tag.
But it too has a grey bathroom. Which one do you prefer? There’s no question that this house is peaceful and restful and while I’m not a fan of lots of bright colours I think I am definitely a fan of dark and moody and rich colours. I think I wouldn’t live in this oasis of of calm for long before I wanted to splash some paint about.
Perhaps the key would be to leave it white but to fill it with enormous lush, jungly plants? What do you think? Are you staying in town this week – this one has the use of private residents’ only communal gardens and is about 200 metres from The Natural History Museum – or moving out to the semi countryside with a private terrace and communal gardens as well.
I know where I’m going.