First off, let me say, clearly my scanner is having some difficulty. I apologize for the green lines on the photos – but I scanned these from the November 2011 issue of World of Interiors magazine, and it seems the two do not get along. That being said, below is what I believe to be an absolutely stunning home built in 1859 in London. Originally the home of a painter, the structure had bastardized over the years when used by a charitable organization for public space. Now after a painstaking restoration, by its owner and decorator Rose Uniacke, it is in full bloom again.
My motivation behind showing you this house is that herein lies a perfect example of the spartan decorating that I alluded to in last week’s post, Are you a Spartan? or a Victorian? I love being a spartan in rooms where the architecture speaks for itself. Although this house is much larger and much more ornate than anything I might ever live in, Uniacke allows the architecture – the mouldings, windows, fireplaces, and staircase – to be the main focus of the experience within the house.
I can’t decide which room is my favorite in all of these, although I do love the kitchen and the bathroom (to follow). Uniacke used reclaimed marble on the floor of the kitchen.
Again, I apologize for the scanner difficulty, it won’t happen again – but how beautiful is this house? I really do love the understated decorating, the neutral color palate and the furniture that is clearly contemporary but references the past. What a way to bring 1859 to the 21st century.