It's a natural human response to want to see how the other half live; especially to peek inside the homes of those who call the luxury mansions and penthouses of London's most coveted addresses home. Today on homify, we are privileged to take a tour through a luxury apartment in Belgravia, which as you know, is one of Britain's most illustrious and expensive addresses. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that we find ourselves glimpsing inside a penthouse apartment which is elegant and stylish, and oozes with all the luxuries and finer things that design and architecture have to offer. TLA Studio are the firm responsible for such a project, which required the existing home to be completely demolished, gutted and refurbished.
Not only were the interiors changed, but the roof was also removed to facilitate a modern and open plan style of living. On top of this, two beautiful rooftops were added, as were two bedrooms and bathrooms to bring this property in line with the type of lifestyle and homes featured in the Belgravia area. Let's take a look…
Grey is a forever elegant and fashionable tone, and when used in conjunction with other richer shades, is uplifting and elegant. The choice of wall covering makes this bedroom area feel warm and inviting, and perhaps dangerously so—the occupants may feel so settled in they never want to leave it! From the corner, you can see a glimpse of the ensuite bathroom which we will look at in detail below.
What an incredible bathroom interior theme! The variation of grey stripes not only create a point of difference, but help to elongate the space and make it feel larger than it really is. The architects have cleverly and very subtly shown which surfaces are horizontal through the direction of the stripes on the basin. The taps have also been ingenuously installed on the mirror, retaining the clean lines and geometry evidenced in this space.
Wow—in this instance, a picture is worth a thousand words. Graceful and chic, the black and white colour palette oozes with a regal charm. The material textures in this master bedroom are wonderful; from the throw rug on the bed through to the marble on the fireplace—every intricate feature and fine detail has been resolved. Elements of the existing building remain, with the ornate ceiling recess giving us a glimpse of the past.
For a luxurious and elegant bathroom, one cannot overlook marble. From floor to ceiling, and even on the sink and bathtub exterior shell, we find this glorious white marble with delicate grey vein. The silver fittings ooze with style and charm, subtly blending into the bathroom interior theme. The architects have not spared a single detail, with a frameless mirror installed in the opposite direction of the natural light source to ensure this space is always airy and illuminated.
Moving into the partition seen above, we find this grand, open shower. With waterfall head, this space is the epitome of bathroom luxury. The architects have even gone as far as to consider in-built storage solutions, with delicate recesses made in the shower wall to ensure the area is always neat, with all the necessary bathing products on hand.
The dining room area is nothing short of marvellous. The glass partitions are unlike anything we've seen internally before, and though transparent, add a sense of mystery and separation. The black frames help to tie the screen in with the staircase and dark stained floors, and help to create a distinction between the dining room and transitional spaces. Here, the eternal power couple of colours can be seen—black and white. The white chair covers look elegant and chic, and of course, complement the deep, rich tones elsewhere.
No luxury home would be complete without an open plan, elegant living area. The direction of the lounges faces inwards, in such a manner that it makes this space conducive to conversation and far more intimate had it been left open. Simple strategies like this create a distinction between spaces, and are especially important in smaller homes and apartments that are open plan and not partitioned. The colour palette is calm and serene—the only emotions that should be elicited in a living room.
In this part of the living room, inside and outside spaces form a dialogue; and a relationship between the two can be felt. Though the occupants may want to draw the curtains back from time to time for darkness or privacy, the fact that such an outdoor space exists, especially of this size, is a blessing. A pocket of outdoor space is worth so much more than we realise, not only in terms of value, but also in terms of our health. The neutral colour palette, which has been translated through much of the home, is also seen here, but with a difference. The bold
pop of red provided by the leather ottoman breaks up the theme, yet complements the other furniture wonderfully.
To finish on an even higher note than we began, we leave this ideabook with a glance of the wonderful views this property has access to. With a garden that is landscaped to perfection, the intimate seating arrangement gives the occupants the opportunity to relax and enjoy their incredible view. Whether sun up or sun down, in solitude or in company, the possibilities on this rooftop are endless. The manicured box hedges provide not only a border, but remind us that nature can be experienced even in a city as built up and dense as London.
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