Houzz Tour: A Georgian Home Blends Period Features and Modern Design
Modern materials and cool technology bring this Grade ll listed home into the 21st century without sacrificing its period charm
The couple wanted the interior of their home, which covers one-third of the total space, to be sympathetic to the era of the property, but with a contemporary twist. Local authorities were supportive of the works, given the property had been vacant for some time. ‘We made few changes to the exterior, which might have been more difficult,’ explains Lee. The result is a beautiful and spacious home spread out over three floors, blending traditional fixtures with modern materials, such as steel and glass, and cutting-edge home technology.
Who lives here A couple and their two pet pugs
Location Essendon, Hertfordshire
Property A Grade II listed Georgian property, one-third of a former mansion house
Size 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms
Designer Cherie Lee of Cherie Lee Interiors
The renovated and revamped home is a sophisticated and luxurious blend of old and new. ‘We worked alongside a local architect and building firm to renovate the home and were involved from the very beginning,’ says designer Cherie Lee.
‘The home was to be an entertaining space for the couple, but be suitable for a family in the future. The clients wanted a mix of period features and contemporary living,’ she adds.
‘We didn’t want to actually partition the space, but the introduction of a single step shows that they are separate areas,’ explains the designer. The flooring is antique French oak.
Arctic Pear chandelier, Ochre. Sofa, Roche Bobois. Coffee table, Brissi. Rug, Knots Rugs.
Mouldings and cornice restoration, Stevensons of Norwich. Walls painted in Cornforth White, Farrow & Ball. Piano, antique Blüthner.
The flooring in the hall is white marble, which helps to bounce the light around.
Walls painted in Brilliant White, Dulux.
LED strip lighting above the tall units and beneath the island add an additional glow to the room, complemented by bronze pendant lights.
Kitchen, Roundhouse. Ovens, Gaggenau. Bar stools, Rockett St George. Pendant lights, Contardi. Cabinetry painted in Off-White and Off-Black, Farrow & Ball.
The sunken gas hob maintains the sleek, uninterrupted lines of the handle-free cabinetry.
The inky black polished-plaster wall contrasts with the glass and steel partitions and the reinstated traditional wall mouldings. The result is grand yet thoroughly modern and packed with drama.
Glass chandelier, Baroncelli. Chair, Timothy Oulton. Floral art above dining table, Ashley Woodson Bailey.
‘The simple glass balustrades give a contemporary and bright feel to the previously dark staircase.’
Lighting, Buster & Punch. Balustrades, Balustrade UK.
Bath, William Holland. Blind, made from Designers Guild fabric. Freestanding unit, Marks & Spencer. Walls painted in Skimming Stone, Farrow & Ball.
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Honed slate, Topps Tiles. Living wall plants, Cox & Cox.
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‘The artwork is actually mostly very affordable,’ says Lee. ‘We used a selection from Rockett St George and Print Club London mainly. The owners like to use art to bring out their personalities and add humour to the more fun areas in the house.’
Bar, Buster & Punch.
Four-poster bed, Lombok. Feature wall painted in Railings, Farrow & Ball. Chair, Bodie and Fou.
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