Image: The perfect blend
  • LOCATION: London SW11
  • BUDGET: £40,000

The perfect blend

From 1950s relic to designers’ dream home

Having originally lived in what had been her husband’s bachelor pad, Barbara was keen to create the perfect family home when their second child was on the way. Moving a short distance from the North to West side of Clapham Common gave them the perfect house for Barbara to unleash her creativity and design skill on a place they could truly call home. Barbara put her interior design skills to work overseeing every detail of the refurbishment as it progressed. She created beautiful, but practical fitted

furniture for every room in the house, adhering to her motto of practical, purpose and beauty. Spinning many plates, Barbara masterfully juggled the roles of project manager (for own renovation), interior designer (to her clients) and new mum to baby Amelie whilst the work took place. The result was a beautiful mid-century home that brought together her contemporary style with her husband’s love of antiques and collectables.


Following an extension this large kitchen incorporates a central, oversize island with hob and oven in attractive walnut, with large drawers and bar seating and views to the garden. Electricals including steam ovens, microwave and integrated fridge/freezer were skillfully disguised behind floor-to-ceiling cabinets and a pull-out larder was incorporated into the design with side shelves for cookbooks. The cabinetry around the sink includes large drawers as well as the dishwasher.


A sleek media cabinet in dark wenge stained oak with a gloss grey lacquered door is a beautiful way to store all the AV components. To complement this unit, matching open-ended library shelves were created in gloss, to display books and collectables.


To create extra storage, Barbara designed wardrobe recesses for the main wardrobe run. Carefully positioned at either side of the en-suite bathroom the clever matching doors created the illusion of a seamless run of wardrobes. For the ultimate luxury, Barbara designed and hand-made the cream upholstered bed in leather, which stood out against the backdrop of white gloss and walnut. Barbara’s modern taste in furniture complemented Harry’s antiques for an eclectic finish. For the en-suite bathroom a double vanity carried through the walnut theme and a stunning egg-shaped bath was set against walnut wall paneling.


The converted loft space was used to create a cosy guest bedroom with a large oak, sleigh-style bed. To complete the look, Barbara created colour-matched sliding door wardrobes with white glass panels. For the children’s bedrooms, free-standing furniture was sourced to allow flexibility as they grew. In the family bathroom, space-saving cabinets were designed as well as a slanted bath panel to maximise floor space in this small room.