With regards to architectural and inside kinds, we’re fairly omnivorous: we are able to admire a dressed-to-the-nines formal house (like this one) and, in the identical breadth, applaud a country DIY cabin with no working water (like this one). Typically, although, we occur upon initiatives that make us wish to pack up and transfer proper in. Paul West’s duplex, in a compact London Victorian, falls into this class.
It helps that the area itself is blessed with good bones. “There was a lot to like,” says Paul about why he selected to purchase it 5 years in the past. “At first look, numerous area, mature backyard, quiet avenue, authentic character, and the big, well-proportioned rooms. The entire area felt like an ideal canvas to create a house for residing in.”
Paul studied inside structure and used to work for numerous design and structure studios (he’s now a technique director at a model expertise company), so he was significantly educated about what to maintain (the molding, the generously sized home windows), what to revive (the pocket shutters), what to tweak (oak flooring got a lime wash), what so as to add (new built-in storage), and what to throw out and rebuild (the kitchen). Whereas he stored the footprint largely the identical, there was “appreciable work undertaken on the material of the constructing, the roof, the facade, backyard, kitchen, lavatory, carpentry, heating, the storage,” says Paul.
With the basics in place, he was able to fill it—however not an excessive amount of. “Now we have fairly eclectic tastes, impressed by numerous eras and concepts,” he says of his and his companion’s design sensibility (she moved in not way back). “Nonetheless, we have a tendency to hunt a number of qualities: integrity, performance, human, lasting, trustworthy, forgiving. We just like the performance of and ease of modernism, the optimism and creativity of mid-century, and the honesty and timelessness of studio crafts. Nonetheless, all of it must be helpful or lovely, as William Morris as soon as mentioned!”
Come take a tour of the sanctuary they’ve created. (And observe Paul’s Instagram account @consideredthings for extra pictures.)