Gracious classical design characterises the home’s exterior; a stucco frontage and cast-iron railings are indicative of its esteemed heritage. Past an olive-toned front door, a spacious period framework has been invigorated by the expert eye of Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay. By incorporating elements of the homeowners’ heritages – New York and Hungarian respectively – the home is a trove of heritage heirlooms and eye-catching patterns.
Parquet floors set a sophisticated tone as you enter an expansive double reception room. Brimming with eclectic charm, antiques and artwork, it’s a conversation-starting social setting. Period details coalesce with modern touches: a marble fireplace is framed with mid-century modern walnut bookshelves; detailed wallpaper stretches upwards to the decorative cornicing. Note the bespoke Rug Company carpets and Murano glass chandeliers, crafted by Notting Hill-based furniture maker Rupert Bevan. A set of French windows open out to a large balcony overlooking the peaceful garden beyond. In the hallway, a Steinbach piano awaits the touch of a music virtuoso.
The lower-ground floor offers a stylish blueprint for entertaining. Venetian terrazzo marble floors span the open-plan space, zoned between culinary, dining and seating spots. The kitchen is poised for all kinds of culinary endeavours, with a rangemaster oven and large island. A breakfast table is positioned in the bay window, whilst a large dining table seats ten. The room’s palatial scale is softened by two curved walls: find a television area and banquette seating engineered into one off the kitchen.
A soothing synergy between the indoors and out is offered through a wall of full-height glazing – the largest single piece of glass in any London home. Beyond, there’s a remarkable sense of quietude to the garden, surrounded by verdant planters. For a moment of quiet contemplation, there’s direct access beyond the patio to highly-coveted communal gardens.
An impressive staircase guides you upstairs, finished with sixties-inspired geometric carpet. Occupying the entire first floor, there’s a sense of refined elegance to the principal bedroom suite. Velvets, silks and delicate Venitian glass harmonise with decorative period furniture. It’s a calming space, with reams of sunlight welcomed through sash windows. In the adjacent bathroom, dark wood floors are complimented by dusty-pink walls, setting the scene for a freestanding bath and dual vanity. Floor-to-ceiling mirrored wardrobes line a dedicated dressing room, amplifying the surrounding soft light.
Interiors take a playful turn on the second floor, where four guest bedrooms – one of which has an ensuite bathroom – are introduced with individually-coloured doors. Each finished with thoughtfully-imagined palettes and plenty of storage, there’s space for all to unwind. A family bathroom impresses with oversized marble tiling and an inviting sunken tub.