Houzz Tour: A 1930s Home Gains Midcentury Touches
This airy period house was designed for entertaining and relaxing, but with an eye on future family life, too
The owners also wanted to incorporate some of their existing vintage furniture and accessories, as well as asking Sophie to add more. “They’re big fans of midcentury design, which works well in a house of this era,” Sophie says. She remains in touch with the couple, who still absolutely love their house and now have two small children. The Room to Grow House, you could say, has been well and truly grown into.
Who lives here? A couple who were planning to start a family (and now have two young children)
Location Clapton, east London
Property A 1930s terraced house
Size Four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designer Sophie van Winden of Owl Design
Kitchen designer Uncommon Projects
Project year 2018
Photos by Megan Taylor
The house had already been extended and had its loft converted when Sophie came in to give it the style the homeowners were after. “They’d come from a cool flat and are really into music,” she says. “They wanted to keep that sort of feeling, but make it work as a family environment.”
The storage-packed kitchen was designed to be the hub of the home and has plenty of floor space outside the main cooking area that could easily be converted into play areas. A bench in the window provides extra seating, as well as storage that could easily hide toys.
Midcentury pendant lights, vintage. Bar stools, Hay.
“The couple are very sociable and wanted an island for sitting at, chatting to friends, making cocktails,” Sophie says. They also wanted to be able to cook on the island, so she chose a hob with a discreet, integrated extractor. “We didn’t want to mess with the view through the kitchen,” she says.
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Astro extending table, Diotti.
Tiles, Bert & May. Walls painted in Flint, Little Greene. Print; chair, both homeowners’ own.
“[The couple] went a bit bolder in here than in the rest of the house,” she says. “It’s quite light everywhere else and they wanted somewhere cosy to chill in the evening.”
The engineered wood herringbone flooring feels appropriate to the era of the house, while a long, low shelf spanning the chimney breast wall adds a midcentury mood.
Bronzo Prime 70mm block flooring, Havwoods. Love seat in Romo fabric, Sofa.com. Mirror; ceiling light, both vintage.
In keeping with the bolder mood for this room, Sophie also chose a blue sofa and a yellow chaise longue.
Romo Pennant sheer curtain fabric, Kirkby Design. Sofa, Sofa.com.
1930s-style pendant light, Mullan Lighting.
Runner, Tim Page Carpets. Pendant lights, vintage.
The door you can see here leads into a home office. “We made it a pocket door, as it’s quite a small room. The doors in the rest of the house are all 1930s style.”
Print by Meesh Nah.
Thinking ahead to a room full of family bathing paraphernalia, the mirrored cupboard runs the full width of the vanity unit and has a niche beneath it.
Blue floor tiles, Mosaic del Sur.
“The owners had stayed in a hotel that had a wooden ribbed or slatted back wall and they loved the look. We took the idea, but made it more geometric. It gives the room a slightly midcentury, hotel look,” Sophie says.
Timber wall, Cut Once Woodworks.
There are geometric black and white floor tiles (out of shot) and the owners have since added lots of plants to the room, which gets plenty of light.
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