Off to west London first this week to this pretty Edwardian house which has three bedrooms and two bathrooms although that doesn’t really give a sense of the space downstairs. It’s on the market with Philip Wooller for £1,450,00 and belongs to an interior designer, which is why it’s lovely.
That grey floor might look a little cold and industrial but the vintage Persian rug under the table ( a trick which you will know from my own house) not only warms it up but provides a touch of the unexpected which is always good.
Then there’s the painted ceiling in the sitting room. That is definitely something we’re going to be seeing more of this year so you can absorb a few pictures and mull it over and I guarantee that by the end of the year some of you will have gone for it.
Note too the black kitchen cupboards. Another huge look for the moment and one that I actually think is timeless rather than trendy. We’ve got used to the white kitchen being the classic choice but black is just as classic but because it feels a bit newer used this way, lots of people are hesitant that it might be a passing fad. I don’t think it will. I think green might be. In that if you love it use it, but I feel that black be more of a long term colour.
Upstairs the master bedroom is neutral and restful and, if you inherit a fitted wardrobe with hideous doors -which seems to be a given, I can think of at least two friends, one of whom is living with a wall of purple laminate and one with a wall of unflattering mirror – then why not simply remove the doors and hang either some soft flowing muslin or the material of your choice. Even as an interim measure it’s better than looking at something you hate.
And what about that for a bathroom? What an amazing colour with the black tiles for drama. That’s another trend which is bubbling up this year and spins off the current love for crittall – adding black lines for definition.
So west London? Anyone fancy it? Now what about this then? It’s called The Slim House for reasons that are immediately apparent and it’s on for £1,000,000 with Savills. It’s in Wandsworth by the way so not far from the first – less west and more south basically.
And while I realise we’re not going out on a limb in terms of price or location variation, this might, at least, provide those of you who live in small or narrow spaces with some inspiration. My last house was 15 foot wide, my current is 17ft and while still a tall, thin London house, those two feet make a massive difference.
This one is 7ft and 7ins wide. I’m going pause there for a moment while you lie down on the floor widthways in house and imagine where the walls would be. In fact, when I first looked at the floor plans I was wondering why it appeared to be different widths all the way up – from 13ft to 10ft and then realised that that was the length of the room not the width, which was clearly marked but just didn’t seem quite believable.
Unsurprisingly the estate agents have chosen to focus on the overall square footage – 1058sq ft and the fact that it has been featured on both Grand Designs and George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. And it is true that the architects have worked to maximise the available space.
So take notes as you wander around. Slim radiators, a long thin table, lots of big art to distract the eye, a fairly monochrome colour palette that is the same throughout the blur the edges. Open storage so the walls aren’t brought in even further with a wall of doors.
Technically it is four double bedrooms. I think you’d be happier if you filled ’em with small children or home office things rather than two adult sharing but it’s in a great location and there’s a lot more storage in the loft. So what say you?
It’s sort of west London or west London this week but tall and thin or short and fat? Which one will you choose?