London Georgian Townhouse Renewal

 In British Interior Designers

Today’s design inspiration comes from an elegant classic design Georgian townhouse located in the heart of London’s affluent Belgravia district.  The five-story historical terrace residence, built circa 1817 by renowned architect Thomas Cubitt, has had its interiors completely redesigned for modern luxury living.  The interior refurbishment included the careful restoration of many of its period interior architecture details, balanced with contemporary interior design that brilliantly integrated the best of modern and luxurious amenities.  The home was completed by the London based luxury developer Residence One, with full bespoke interiors by design firm Laura Hammett.

The well-proportioned 4600 square-foot property includes 5 bedrooms, gracious formal rooms, staff accommodations, and excellent outdoor spaces.  The home’s refurbishment included the finest materials and finishes as well as the latest technology and home automation, complete with “turn-key” furnishings, interior styling, and bespoke design detailing.

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In the opening photo and the one above we see the family/media room down on the lower subterranean level of the home.  The developer in this case elected not to greatly expand the space by means of the much debated, controversial basement excavation expansions occurring across central London’s prime residential areas where space is limited but the demand for grand scale luxury residences is not.  Instead of expanding the square footage below, the emphasis with this home has been placed on the super high quality of the interior design and customization of the existing space.  The room has been focused with a custom wall designed to hold the television and equipment in the center with book/display shelves lit with LED lighting on either side.  The custom furnishings are of bespoke design and are gathered on a luxury pile carpet.  The paintings are by the artist Ben Lowe, with the contemporary lighting by Bella Figura.  At the back of the room, a custom marble staircase with frameless glass balustrade leads up to the kitchen above. The bar area includes dual zone wine and drinks refrigerators.  The room opens to an inner courtyard with limestone floors that is open through the floors above to provide natural light and air into this lower back portion of the home.    Down on this level there are also two bedrooms with en suite bathrooms ideally designed for guest and staff accommodations due the home’s separate entrance location here.

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On the ground floor, guests enter the home through the stately high gloss black front door into the entrance hall which sets the tone well for the style in the rest of the home.  The floors are polished ivory marble with pietra gray borders, and include integrated lighting that highlights architectural details.  The corridor provides access to the main staircase.  The length has been divided into sections complete with contemporary design consoles and lighting fixtures.  In one of the sections, 12ct white gold eglomise bronze beveled mirrors line the walls for a wonderful effect, which is a great interior design idea.  Note the detail of the moldings.

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Also situated on the ground floor level are the homes formal dining room and study.  Both rooms include custom chevron parquet oak flooring with brass inlays and integrated LED lighting.  Both also have white marble Chesney fireplaces with slate hearths.  The exquisite chandelier above the dining table is a custom design from Serip, while the pendent light in the office is by Porta Romana.  The furnishings in both rooms are of bespoke design.   Here we have great examples of Classic-Contemporary design- Classic structure with Contemporary styling and furnishings.

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Completing the ground floor is the contemporary design chef’s kitchen and informal eat-in dining area.  The space includes dark custom cabinetry and book matched Calacatta Ora marble worktops with grey mirrored back splashes.  The sophisticated design features a full line of Gaggenau appliances along with all the other amenities required to complete a modern kitchen.  The furnishings are all of bespoke design as with the rest of the home.  The contemporary chandelier suspended above the table is by Baroncelli.  The room opens up to an outdoor breakfast terrace which provides natural light into the space, as does a portion of the ceiling which is glass.  The floor along the back and side is open to the family room below where the custom marble staircase leads up, with its glass balustrade continuing to frame the expanse to allow the natural light and air to flow through.

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The home’s formal drawing room is located up on the first floor.  The grand, double volume room is where the combination of classical elegance and contemporary styling are best displayed.  The room is designed for entertaining in style.  The floors, as with the rooms below,  are custom chevron parquet oak with antique brass inlay, and this room includes not one, but two white marble Chesney fireplaces with slate hearths.  The rock crystal chandeliers and wall lights are Ambika.  The space has been divided into two seating groupings composed of custom contemporary furnishings of bespoke design both arranged on silk rugs.  There is also a baby grand piano on this side of the room not shown in these photos.   Additional art by Ben Lowe is displayed on the walls.  Beyond the drawing room, one can make their way through the bar area with its bronzed beveled mirrored walls and custom cabinetry with brass inlays.  The space includes integrated drinks refrigerators as well as a dumb waiter down to the kitchen below.

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Beyond the bar, the home opens up to the rooftop terrace.  This outdoor entertaining space has been completed with limestone floors.  A conversation area and dining area have been created out here.  The plants, shrubs, and olive trees are all maintained with a computerized irrigation system.

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The entire second floor has been devoted to the master bedroom suite.  The spacious suite includes a beveled mirror feature wall and luxury deep pile carpet.  The furnishings and cabinetry is all of bespoke design.  The room is actually a lot larger than what can be seen in these photos.  In the master bathroom, the double sink vanity unit and the wall opposite it are composed of Calacatta Oro vein matched marble slab, with floors being vein matched Grigio Bellimi marble.  The space includes a large shower and a soaking tub with a television perfectly placed above it.  The luxury level is taken even higher with designer fixtures and an Ambika rock crystal chandelier.  The design firm is known for taking inspiration from the world’s top hotels and integrating it into their designs which shows well in the bedrooms and bathrooms of this home.  All of the mirrors are equipped with automatic demister functions.

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As you can see, the other bedrooms and bathrooms in the home have been finished out with equal attention to detail and luxury.  Custom furnishings, marble bathrooms with the designer fixtures, luxury deep pile carpet, silk wall-coverings, luxury bedding, and the list goes on and on.

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This photo shows the view from above down through the back open sections of the home.  As you can see, the refurbishment has tended to every detail quite well.  The redevelopment of this property was a success and the home sold quickly upon completion as expected.

That concludes our design inspiration for today my friends.  I hope you all have enjoyed and have been inspired by the rebirth of this classic design luxury home updated for modern day living.  I must say, I am so glad this team showed some sympathy, respect, and appreciation for the history and integrity of the original residence instead of stripping it bare leaving nothing but the protected exterior facade, as many other developers in the area have done.  Thank you all so much for reading along.  Let me hear from you guys in the comments.  **What do you all think of this residence and its refurbishment?**

Property Development: Residence One @  www.residenceone.co.uk/

Interior Design: Laura Hammett @ www.laurahammett.com/

Photography: Ray Main

also:  Wilton Street Brochure- Residence One

Residence One is a developer of elegant residences in London’s finest addresses.  The developers pride themselves on their fanatical attention to the beauty and quality of the smallest detail and making sure that all of their developments are flawlessly finished, showcasing the very best material finishes and technology the world has to offer.

Residence One was established by Nicholas and Benjamin Wilson whose sole objective is to design homes in super prime locations that are beyond expectations.

Laura Hammett is a London interior design and interior architecture studio specializing in luxury residential projects for private clients and property developers throughout the UK and abroad.  The design firm was formed in 2008 and is run by Aaron and Laura Hammett.  Their projects always combine a creative timeless approach with a signature elegant and luxurious style.

Laura Hammett offers a complete interior architecture and design service which is always individually tailored to meet each client’s needs, style and budget.  They fully manage each project from concept through to completion no matter what size, with meticulous attention to detail, working with a team of highly skilled craftsman and using their extensive expertise and experience from lighting and bathroom design through to artwork selection and styling.

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