A bigger kitchen, better storage and a space set up for socialising were the main priorities for this house renovation in Hammersmith, London.
The owners of this Victorian property felt the house had great bones but it was starting to look tired and was no longer fit for purpose. They wanted to feel at home but with a touch of luxury, so they sought the expertise of Sara Ripamonti and Amit Malhotra of Aflux Designs via home renovation and design platform, Houzz.
The Aflux team quickly set about designing the space, including plans to add a side-return extension, rework the first floor layout and refurbish the ground floor.
Unsurprisingly, the largest part of the construction work was in the kitchen. It was extended to the side to help open up the space and bring in more natural light. The owners, both avid cooks and entertainers, needed a kitchen that was functional and practical, as well as an inviting space for hosting.
The result is a sleek and contemporary space with plenty of storage to avoid any cluttered surfaces. Whilst it’s a neutral, pared-back design, brass accents, wall lamps and accessories bring in some warmth. We’re particularly fond of the kitchen island, where the marble-effect quartz countertop complements the sleek dark green cabinets. Meanwhile, on the original side of the kitchen is a bank of tall cabinets, again providing ample storage, with a larder and integrated fridge-freezer.
The owners wanted the living space to feel comfortable and welcoming, all with a luxurious feel, which was achieved through layers of subtle tones and textures with high-quality details. Hallway updates included panelling on the lower half of the wall and chevron flooring with a brass border; something the couple had seen in one of Aflux Design’s previous projects.
To create cohesion and a nod to the couple’s original styling in the house, black accents have been used throughout the hallway and living room. In the living room, bespoke joinery has been built into the alcoves, providing space to display ornaments and artwork.
Warm white LED lights illuminate the shelves, helping to create a cosy glow come evening time, while colourful artwork uplifts the warm, neutral room scheme.
There were changes to the ground floor layout too in order to incorporate a bigger downstairs toilet. A freestanding Calacatta marble basin from Mandarin Stone, paired with a dramatic dark green wall colour, herringbone patterned wall tiles, and brushed brass hardware and accessories, makes everything about this cloakroom feel luxuriously chic. And an architectural detail we love is the LED lighting, fitted in a shadow gap between the ceiling and wall.
On the first floor, the layout was rejigged to combine two bedrooms, creating one larger space featuring a master bedroom, bathroom, and walk-in dressing area, the latter of which is a beautifully sleek and enclosed floor to ceiling storage space with integrated lighting for clothes, shoes and accessories.
In the bedroom, the designers positioned the bed against the chimney breast, with a bespoke headboard and shelving on either side to make the best use of the space.
We also love the mosaic feature wall in the ensuite and the custom marble double sink which gives us major boutique hotel vibes. Fun fact: the double longline mirrors open up to reveal storage space.