Mid-century modern style. Seamless function. And the light touch of designer, Fran Hickman.
Along the street that connects Kensington Park Road to Portobello Road, Blenheim Crescent is close to Notting Hill’s most exciting addresses. Unfurling across two floors, its interiors have been reimagined by minimalist interior designer Fran Hickman. Its sleek, jet-black facade is hard to miss among rows of blonde-brick and white-painted homes but inside, it's the thoughtful details that slowly seduce.
The first floor is divided between the open-plan kitchen, dining and reception space toward the front and a courtyard, bathroom and guest bedroom at the back. The living area is a stylish stage for gathering with friends on mid-century modern furniture, arranged neatly in front of the sash window. Or cooking mains on chef-grade appliances as someone sets the dining table. The espresso-tinted island might ground the space but it's the floating staircase that’s the real focal point here. There’s an elevated feel to the bedroom that is reserved for unplugging; a skylight and glass door to the courtyard let soft light reflect off the oversized velvet headboard while the bathroom next door is all dusty pink and Carrara marble.
Upstairs on the landing, a bright, Scandi-inspired office space with a scarlette sofa that can double as a bed for lingering guests. String storage makes it clutter-free and easy to arrange as you need. A set of doors open onto the paved, south-facing roof terrace, framed with fencing and greenery that create a curtain of privacy – ideal for intimate sundowners after sharing plates. The second floor is given over to the master bedroom with its neutral palette and statement lighting. A rich wood-clad dressing room separates it from the en-suite bathroom, fitted with identical Carrera marble finishes and an oval freestanding bath.