Can I just say I am loving our new film school. You are all clearly wasted in whatever jobs you are doing (unless it’s the NHS in which case keep this as your creative outlet). The rest of you should all resign at once and move to Hollywood. Or Notting Hill. I think Richard Curtis is done we could take over. But we will take over in North London, which is where today’s property is to be found.
And, as befits a Richard Curtis sort of property, this is, sit down, £5.95m (say it fast) and is Georgian with six/seven bedrooms and…. estate agent hyperbole incoming…. “towering sash windows… with views over the bucolic private garden”. And besides, once we’ve sold the script we won’t even need to say the price that fast. In the meantime, however, it’s on the market with The Modern House and you can check out the bucolic garden over there.
Bucolic, by the way, is in no way related to colic. I checked. The former comes from the idyllic aspects of country life (yes in North London) the latter is what you are undoubtedly suffering after learning the price. Anyway come on round, it’s big, there’s a lot to see.
Now I’ll admit to being slightly baffled by this decor which seems to switch between a slight lean towards English country (that’ll be the garden influence) pulled back with a bit of calming mid-century and some very modern touches. I think the film will centre around a penniless but brilliant architect who is married to an heiress (the money has to come from somewhere) and they both clearly have a phobia about rugs. It might be thin as a plot but this house definitely needs some flooring options. We will have to leave the film options for now.
I have written before about how mid-century is everyone’s friend and you can see here how it sits beautifully against the ornate plasterwork above the door with the gold framed pictures above it. For the purposes of the film those are probably Madeleine’s Monets and the question is he going to run off with the au pair or is she going to come over all Lady Chatterley with the gardener? There is an apartment in the basement by the way for either staff or marital discord.
I feel like the kitchen will be the fight scene. As you know I love a view through a room and I’m partial to an arch but that off-centre arch would put me completely off balance every time. That said I do like an unfitted kitchen and this is big.
Below you can see the view behind you when you’re washing up.. a view which pleases me more I have to say.
This is the apartment on the lower ground floor and just take a moment to notice, if you have never believed it, how glass furniture really does disappear in a space. I feel there will be a recurring meme in the film where they all crash into it after creeping in from being up to no good in the garden. But as a device to enhance the view, rather than a film plot, it’s pretty good. They still need a rug though.
Talking of workspaces and this is rather good. The desk area can be hidden behind the sliding door which also, presumably, conceals a huge wardrobe full of black polonecks. If the last year has meant you need a proper WFH space (space being the operative word) then you could do worse than consider this. I worked in a wardrobe when I first moved to London.
We lived in a one bedroom rented flat and had only a desktop computer (with the blinking green cursor) that took up too much space on the table we ate off in the sitting room so we put the computer on a table in the wardrobe and every morning I would sweep the clothes to one end of the rail so I could type. This is bespoke souped up version of that. And very handsome it is too.
And here you can see how the joinery theme has been continued around the bed with its rather neat shelves and hidden sockets. Generally speaking I’m not a fan of fitted furniture but I like it when it’s clever and if you swapped the grey upholstery for something a little more fanciful and friendly I think you might appreciate its convenience.
Back to the bespoke storage and mid-century look and we arrive in this rather fabulous bathroom which is next to the bedroom above. The UK tends to have small bathrooms unless a bedroom is converted which is what has happened here. This is accessed from both the landing and the next door bedroom leading to French farcical situations when the Danish architect and the Swedish au pair end up in the house at the same time as Madeleine and the gardener find they have become rather muddy after consulting on the rose garden. There’s probably a Russian art thief in a cupboard somewhere else too.
That said there are plenty of doors in and out and not to mention large cupboards to hide in. And completely coincidentally I found these chairs on AUBespoke the other day (I featured Anna’s gorgeous house some months ago) should you wish to recreate the look.
And finally, here sits the narrator; the couple’s nine-old-son, a brilliant artist who has a thriving bitcoin income and has no need of his annoying parents since he is much richer and more talented than either of them. However, from time to time he has found the view over the garden a little too bucolic for his liking.
Have a lovely weekend. Do add your plot twists and cast list below.