Rosie Winston has pulled off a miracle: turning a small, dark two-up, two-down into a light-filled home that’s almost double its original size.
Rosie Winston bought a dilapidated cottage with dark rooms and low ceilings, then worked with her partner, architect Mark Ruthven, to transform it. As well as extending at the back, the roof was replaced and the stairs repositioned to gain a flowing, open-plan feel downstairs.
Painted furniture in a freestanding feel and well-chosen accessories create a homely kitchen for isobel thompson’s apartment.
Legal analyst Isobel Thompson bought her two-bedroom apartment in a Victorian mansion house in northwest London as a bolthole. Its interior was clean but dated and in need of a complete overhaul. Short on time, Isobel chose to hand the entire refurbishment over to designer Rosie Winston of Clifton Interiors. ‘As Isobel spends a great deal of time travelling for work, we met only a handful of times during the process, but communicated regularly by Skype,’ says Rosie.
‘Architecturally, the flat retained many of its original features, with tall ceilings and large windows, and I wanted to make the most of that,’ continues Rosie. The kitchen was very modern, with blocks of wall units that made the room feel closed in, and a kitchen table near the windows, creating a void in the middle of the room. ‘We’d developed an eclectic vintage look for the rest of the apartment and the existing kitchen didn’t fit into that style.’
“A strong colour palette flows gently through this spacious five-level home.”
With a working relationship that spans 18 years, architect Mark Ruthven, of Studio Mark Ruthven, and interior designer Rosie Winston, of Clifton Interiors, were the ideal team to work on this stunning contemporary new-build in Hampstead. “We had worked on the former home of the clients – Mark and Katherine Wills – and also on projects for their friends, so they know our work well,” says Mark. “On this occasion, they were building a home from scratch and wanted us to maximise the space available.”
The couple, who have three children, aged 11, 14 and 17, had bought a two-bedroom 1950s house with the intention of knocking it down and building a large six-bedroom contemporary home in its place. Duly appointed and briefed, Studio Mark Ruthven created a spacious, open structure over five levels, with minimal internal walls, double-height windows, huge glass doors and partially open mezzanine floors. “They wanted a light, free-flowing space that connected well with the garden,” says Mark. “This design makes good use of the available footprint, lets in plenty of natural light and allows the house to flow vertically as well as horizontally.”
The open nature of the structure was an important consideration for Rosie when designing the interior. “Mark and Katherine wanted the contemporary nature of the architecture to be reflected in the interior and we know from experience that they’re not afraid of colour,” she says. “With parts of the ground-floor décor being visible from the lower ground floor, the colour scheme and materials needed to be consistent. So we came up with a palette of warm neutrals, dark timber, metallics and stone, with splashes of saffron and blue that would flow throughout the house.”
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“The gods of decoration may roll their eyes at us mortals with a penchant for a flat screen in the living room, but then, not all of us are fortunate enough to have a separate family room or an entertainment section; and even if we do, let’s face it, the television is an integral part of the living room in most households. The saving grace is that current-gen TVs are not unsightly like their older cousins. But, while they are good-looking enough to place in the main room of your home, finding the right way of doing it without compromising on décor and upsetting your inner aesthete can be a challenge.”
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There are so many ways to light your kitchen nowadays that it can be hard to decide which to go for. The type of lighting you choose will depend on the layout, how you use the space and, of course, your own particular design preference.