Alexander Street, W2
When blessed with a multitude of period features, it is tempting to turn a house into a museum piece stuck in a kind of time warp. Fortunately, the owners of this maisonette on Alexander Street were able to seamlessly blend the old with the new to create a home that was daring, beautiful and quite positively reeking of Art Deco glamour.
Next to antique marble fireplaces stood a contemporary, curved desk. The stainless steel range cooker brought out the darkly varnished herringbone wood floor while the bathroom’s period fixtures (and even an old train rack) were set against strong coloured walls. Evidence of the couple’s world travels was also present with pouffes from North Africa scattered about the living room, stetsons gracing the hearth in the bedroom and contemporary photographs from exotic locales decorating the walls.
The owners took the daring decision to be generous with the space. Others might have carved the 1,600 square feet into a four-bedroom home, but not here. Instead, each of the rooms had lavish amounts of space, making it feel more like a mansion than an urban flat. The new owners are truly lucky people.