My Room: An Extension Gives a Period Home a Relaxed Family Space
Building out at the back of this Victorian house created a ground-floor kitchen-diner and living space to suit all ages
So it was goodbye to the old, cramped kitchen and small lean-to at the back of the Victorian terrace, and hello to a light-filled new extension with easy access to the existing reception rooms and the garden.
Who lives here? Brooke and Joel Copp-Barton with children Eleanor and Seb, plus cats Charcoal and Giggsy
Location Chiswick, west London
Property A Victorian terraced house with four bedrooms and two bathrooms
Room dimensions Around 25 sq m
Interior designer Brooke Copp-Barton of Home Interior Design
Photos by Megan Taylor
The house is at the end of the terrace, so the extension made use of the alleyway at the side as well as the side return, but didn’t take up any of the garden.
Maximising daylight was important and the new room has rooflights as well as sliding doors to the patio. “The light’s amazing,” Brooke says.
Dining table; dining chairs, Quirky Interiors. Pendant light, Cream and Chrome.
The family TV area is in this part of the room, with a rug adding texture and warmth underfoot. The sofa is upholstered in soft velvet. “It may seem sumptuous, but it’s practical and easy to clean,” Brooke says.
Sofa, Sofa Workshop.
The work surface is made from stainless steel, with Brooke taking her cue from professional kitchens. “It’s very practical – you can put anything on it and nothing stains,” she says. The material also complements the other industrial touches in the room.
A space-efficient pocket door featuring Banksy’s “Laugh now, but one day we’ll be in charge” design leads from the cooking area to the front of the house.
Pendant lights; bar stools, The Old Cinema.
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Lotus wallpaper, Galbraith & Paul.
On the other side of the desk is a magnetic plaster wall where Brooke can develop moodboards.
Desk chair, Vinterior. Haberdashery shop unit, Retrouvius.
The walls have been painted in a teal shade. “I wanted to do something different, but I had to persuade my husband to go darker,” Brooke says. “When he saw it, he loved it.”
Once again, a mixture of old and new gives the room its welcoming ambience. The flooring is original and had been hidden under carpet before the family moved in, while the pendant light is a vintage design Brooke found many years ago.
The rug was Joel’s, and Brooke found and re-covered the two armchairs in the bay. The chest of drawers in the corner is a vintage buy, too, while the sofa is new.
Walls painted in Vardo, Farrow & Ball. Sofa, Sofa Workshop. Armchairs, Vinterior.
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Cabinet, Vinterior. Mirror, The Old Cinema.
Otto table lamp, Pooky; with lampshade, Samarkand Design.
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