The Househunter 27/11/15

It’s Friday so it must be time for a little nose around someone else’s house for a change. This week we’re starting off in The Old Courthouse, in west London. It’s on the market for £2,495,000 with Domus Nova should you be planning to win the lottery this weekend. I know I am.

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This two bedroom flat was originally court room no 1, although sadly the estate agent details don’t tell us if any notorious cases were tried there.

It was done up by Sigmar, a collaboration between interior designer Ebba Thott and furniture specialist Nina Hertig and if you like the look you can buy pieces in this style in their shop. Their design philosophy is to create modernist spaces that are warm and personal.

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One of the ways they have done this is by mixing old and new. That giant wooden cabinet behind the kitchen is an unexpected choice but one that looks fantastic with the sleek modern cabinets.

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The raw edge table also looks fantastic against the classic chairs and wall lights. While the black accents of the photos on the picture ledges bring some depth and definition to the space. There’s also quite a lot of colour in this room below but the overall effect is one of space and calm. Definitely need that lottery ticket this weekend….

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In the meantime where shall we poke our noses in next? Shall we nip over to New York? Seeing as it’s their special day today? Worrabout this loft then? It’s on Sixth Avenue and it will cost you $2,250,000 via Sotheby’s International.


Awful isn’t it? Nothing to be thankful for there. There’s even a little courtyard through the arched windows (hands up whose brain went immediately to Playschool then… just me?). And we’re liking those dark grey walls. I might change the plastic chairs though.

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Mind you, the garden is shared so I’ve gone off it rather. I’m an only child, I’m not very good at that. So, on balance, I’m thankful that I haven’t got to spend two million quid on a fabberless loft apartment in Soho, New York, with a shared garden. What about you?

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Well, all right then, if we’re doing thanking, I would like to thank all of you readers for your continued presence. Now, enough soppiness, we’re British. Be off with you and go fill in those lottery tickets.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Ebba Thott can do no wrong in my eyes. Re: the NY loft, I have been trying to work out what I dislike about it. Given that it has dark walls, high ceilings and exposed brick, it should be a winner. However, there is far too much going on with the timber slatted ceiling. Less is more.

  2. I too love that huge cupboard in the kitchen, just gorgeous.

    P.s. long time reader, first time commenting. (Seeing as though you thanked me and all that…. )

  3. The American loft has done nothing to cheer my Friday. Just goes to show money can’t buy you good taste.

  4. ha ha that brought back a memory of Play School for me as well – I always wanted them to choose the arched window because I thought the stories were more interesting than the ones through the round or square window… I like the old cupboard in the kitchen very much

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