A traditional London apartment with a twist

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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It's becoming somewhat of a trend on the homify platform to see seemingly traditional exteriors with big, juicy interior secrets hiding away inside. Of course, these are some of the most interesting projects to view; when we see and learn how the architects have managed to respect a traditional vernacular from the outside, by breathing new life on the inside. Often at times, homes built in the last century simply do not meet modern living standards—burdened by compartmentalised spaces, heavy partitions and just generally lacking in style and pizazz.

The apartment you are about to step foot inside today is located in highly coveted area of Maida Vale, in Ashworth Mansions. It was completely refurbished by Ar'Chic to an absolutely stellar effect. At around 115 years old, the façade of the building has been wonderfully maintained, with the Queen Anne style frontage undergoing a series of restoration attempts in the past. Here, you will see a project that is bursting with details at every seam, with no space left unconsidered. Take a look…

A traditional exterior

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment: classic Houses by Ar'Chic
Ar'Chic

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment

Ar'Chic

From the outside, you wouldn't have a clue about the incredible minimalist and modern features that are housed inside this London home. With a fairly typical red brick appearance, rows of apartments such as these are a dime a dozen in the coveted Maida Vale area. The secrets, of course, are holed up inside, ready to be revealed to us below.

Bottled up

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment: minimalistic Living room by Ar'Chic
Ar'Chic

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment

Ar'Chic

If you are a liquor or spirits aficionado, it is only befitting that you would want to have your collection on display and not tucked away in some dark, hidden cabinet. Looking almost as though we'd stepped into a trendy modern bar, this clever translucent storage unit is the perfect way to show off a blossoming collection of your favourite bottles. Most spirits come in a wonderful, artistic bottle, so why not create a different form of art? You can blow away your guests as soon as they enter your home, and casually ask them—Do you like it shaken or stirred? 

On display

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment: minimalistic Living room by Ar'Chic
Ar'Chic

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment

Ar'Chic

Wow—this is a truly spectacular storage unit for a modern living room! The rows of black and white are complemented by a stunning pop of pale and bright pink, highlighting important objects and treasures of the owners. We are learning more more that storage can be art; and this has been made very clear in this example. Subtle lighting flows down on the cabinet from above, bouncing off ever so gently from the glossy lacquered surface. Though you eyes are busy darting from side to side, you cannot miss the hero of the shelf—the central positioned fireplace which would no doubt cause you to be the envy of your friends in the winter time!

Mirror, mirror

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment: minimalistic Bedroom by Ar'Chic
Ar'Chic

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment

Ar'Chic

Mirrors have steadfast evolved as one of the most functional and aesthetically pleasing features in a home. Not only do they look amazing wherever they are placed, but mirrors also serve as a great way to create an optical illusion of more space. In this instance, a set of shelves has a mirrored surface which doubles up as a both a full-length mirror and practical storage unit. This is just another wonderful example of how to incorporate objects in the home that are both practical and beautiful!

It's in the details

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment: minimalistic Dining room by Ar'Chic
Ar'Chic

London Maida Vale flat refurbishment

Ar'Chic

Lastly, but definitely not least, we take one final look at yet another stunning detail inside this London apartment. Just when you thought every inch had been covered in terms of features, you look up at ceiling and see this stunning recess with backlit function. With an undeniable sculptural effect, it is clear that the architects have left no corner lacking and blank.

To see another stunning apartment fit out in London, we suggest the following ideabook for you: Classic luxury in Chelsea.

What is your favourite aspect of this bespoke London apartment? Let us know in the comments section below.
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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