A house for an architect in London

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Have you always wanted to see how an architect lives? One would naturally assume that his or her personal residence would embody the latest design trends, hold the most stylish furniture, and of course, have the best planning in terms of space saving and internal layout. This is especially true in the case for Kilburn Nightingale, where Ben Kilburn and his wife Jane, became both the architect and client for the remodel and refurbishment of a semi-detached Victorian house in Hackney, East London. At homify, we have a penchant for watching the transformation of old homes , and seeing them being given a completely new lease on life. Improving on the spaces we already have is a great way to be sustainable, and encourages us to critically think about the space we do have, rather than what we don't have. Often times, we need to think inside the box, rather than out!

Today, we have the pleasure of taking a tour inside this light-filled, eclectic home that has been injected with personality and character. Take a look…  

Light-filled

House for an Architect:  Houses by Kilburn Nightingale
Kilburn Nightingale

House for an Architect

Kilburn Nightingale

To begin the tour, we are offered a view of the living room. Here, classic elements like the cornice and fireplace are visible, and have been complemented by a wonderful neutral colour scheme and bright, retro pieces of furniture. The turquoise coloured couch, which the design aficionados out there would recognise, is the iconic sofa by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset. This stunning piece of design works harmoniously with the curvaceous light fitting, shag pile rug and stylised pieces of art, to create a scene that oozes with eclectic charm. The painted floorboards and walls, both a serene shade of grey, act as the perfect blank canvas to house such bold and charismatic furniture and decorative elements.

Muted tones, maximum impact

House for an Architect:  Houses by Kilburn Nightingale
Kilburn Nightingale

House for an Architect

Kilburn Nightingale

Inside the dining room, there is a custom-made bench and table, which has been crafted from Cherry Wood. Again, there is another famous element of furniture design in this room, too, with the two plastic chairs being the most well known piece of work from one of the modernist movement's founding fathers, Charles Eames. These small elements make it clear that the occupants of the home know a thing or two about design!

Mellow yellow

House for an Architect:  Houses by Kilburn Nightingale
Kilburn Nightingale

House for an Architect

Kilburn Nightingale

In keeping with the muted colour palette from the other spaces, the kitchen area continues this Nordic-inspired dialogue through the rest of the house. Here, ample storage space is met with stark white ceiling and walls, and that beautiful wooden table, which has been allowed to shine in all its most pure and raw beauty. The exposed grain is typical to the Scandinavian style, and better still, keeping it so stripped back reflects the stunning artistry that has gone into such a piece by the local craftsman in the area. The pop of colour provided by the yellow splashback, adds a touch of personality and vibrancy. Yellow is an optimistic and cheerful colour, so its really no surprise that a space like the kitchen, which is conducive to creativity, would have such an inspiring colour taking centre stage.

Nordic-inspired

House for an Architect:  Houses by Kilburn Nightingale
Kilburn Nightingale

House for an Architect

Kilburn Nightingale

The bedroom, thanks to the soulful choice of colour palette, is a sanctuary of serenity and calm. The grey painted floorboards and wall paint has also transcended into this space, telling the viewer that there is a unifying element between the different rooms. Blue, grey and white work exceptionally well as a colour combination, with blue being an excellent choice for a bedroom due to its soothing and sedating properties.

Tucked away

House for an Architect:  Houses by Kilburn Nightingale
Kilburn Nightingale

House for an Architect

Kilburn Nightingale

Hidden away amongst the expanse of cupboard space is the entrance to the bathroom. From this angle, a sneak peek can be had. Inside, we can see the colour palette has again continued through, reminding us that this is a home of unity and balance. A clever storage space has been crafted from a void in the wall, adding to the already space saving capacity of this room. As a final note, we also love how even in the sea of white, the traditional ceiling rose from the existing building is still visible—a very subtle nod to the past.

If you have enjoyed this Victorian-style renovation project, might we suggest the following ideabooks to you:

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