Decor Voyeur

Decor Voyeur: a beautiful garden extension and eco refurbishment in West London

Decor Voyeur - have a peek inside amazing homes at The Unexpected Chic

Yesterday I took advantage of the awesome Open House London event and went to see this lovely home in Ealing, West London. This was a rare opportunity to have a look inside an architect-designed home, in collaboration with one of the owners who is an interior designer.

The home has had a number of eco-features built in, including thermal upgrading, high-tech glazing, efficient underfloor heating through the ground floor, and rainwater harvesting.

The first thing that struck me when I approached the house was how utterly normal  it looked from the outside. The facade has not been altered from its original state and does not give any hint of the impressive changes that have been made to the inside and rear facade of the house. I like how it has remained so unassuming and blends into the surrounding street.

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A view of the front of the house

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Nicely lit entry hallway

Upon entering I felt immediately comfortable in the softly lit hallway, which has some excellent lighting design with recessed wall lights to illuminate your way, plus up-and-down-lighter sconces to highlight architectural details.

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Front sitting room

To the left of the entry is a medium-sized sitting room, which showed the first glimpse of the colour scheme which was to continue throughout the home: warm neutrals, soft greys and fiery oranges.

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Front sitting room with fireplace and built-in shelving

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Receiving area before the Great Room

Continuing on toward the Great Room I passed through a sort of ‘receiving area’ with a few seats, and displays of photographs and decorative items. The space provided for a generous entry into the main space of the house, but the simple and tasteful furnishings kept it from feeling ostentatious. The mirror above the console table reflected what was to come and brought light into the space.

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Looking into the Great Room

The view through the main space (which is the extension built on to the back of the original house) was impressive, with the back wall opening up fully onto the garden. The extension is scaled perfectly so as to still feel homey and inviting rather than echoey and cavernous.

The Great Room has some amazing natural lighting features which you will see in the following photos…

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Skylights in kitchen ceiling

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A modern clerestory window in the top of the extension

I also love the mix of pendant lights, which add a little bit of interest but are still very complimentary to eachother. The mix of finishes and materials is really lovely, with a blend of glossy upper cabinets, matte grey lower cabinets, speckled Caesarstone composite countertops, and fresh orange accents. Everything is well configured with storage built in, nothing feels like an afterthought. The overall impression is very modern but with a lot of personality and warmth.

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Storage niches in the Great Room

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Kitchen area

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Selection of appliances built in to the glossy cabinets

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Lounge area in the Great Room

I love the deep-seated cream sectional next to the sliding doors at the end of the Great Room. I can imagine a lot of lovely family hours spent in this room with games, cooking and chatting.

Off the side of this large space is a cozier ‘family room’ with comfy overstuffed sofa and armchair, plus another fireplace and wall-mounted television. Some great decor accents in here, especially the spiral bookshelf!

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Family Room

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Family Room

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Family Room fireplace

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On the deck outside of the Great Room

Exiting out of the Great Room you get the full extent of how impressive those suspended cornerless sliding doors are – there is really no obstacle whatsoever to the outdoors. Not even anything to step over!

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View of extension from garden

Looking back toward the house from the garden, I love how well the extension compliments the original building. The wrap-around deck makes for great entertaining space. Recessed lighting would make the space beautiful (and safe) at night.

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Recessed potlights in the deck

As you look down the garden a stylish little studio enters your view, complete with a sedum roof.

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Garden studio

This is where interior designer owner Jane runs her company, Spaces Interior Spatial Design, from. It is a lovely light-filled space with lots of storage for samples and mood boards.

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Garden studio interior

That concludes the tour, I hope you enjoyed! I think the designer and architect did a really lovely job and personally I would love to live in such a modern yet un-pretentious home.

Be sure to catch London Open House next year if you missed out, it’s a great opportunity to snag some inspiration off the beaten path of your every day routine!

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{Project Team}

Client: Jane & Simon Allen

Architect: KSKa Architects, Matt Keeler

Interior Design: Spaces, Jane Allen

Engineers: RWP Engineers, Alfred Franklin

Construction: James Bennett Construction, James Bennett

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