ALDRIDGE ROAD VILLAS
Period features meet eclecticism in this five-bedroom family home. From the traditional cornicing to the vibrant furnishings, this property is a study of character and charisma. Colourful curtains and upholstery contribute to the invigorating feel of this bold home, who’s exterior conceals the excitement that awaits inside. Straying away from the co-ordination and minimalism that has dominated design trends, this home isn’t afraid to adopt a more whimsical approach to quintessential English décor without compromising on style. Multiple reception rooms and two studies enable this property to be versatile, catering to a day of remote working, followed by a night of entertaining.
The ground floor comprises of a generous reception room and a study. Expansive windows flood the office with natural light, making it the ideal work from home space. Bringing a classic English quality, patterned wallpaper and a detailed feature fireplace sit between two bookshelves, forming symmetry in the design narrative for a sense of balance. Period artwork complements the Victorian detailing that underpins the structure of the home. Adding a plush sofa allows the room to be multifunctional, creating a nook for a more relaxed zone.
Next door, the reception room brings together art deco scalloped armchairs with rounded sofas in a display of effortless fusion. The velvety blues and purples are repeated in the soft furnishings to instil a rhythm that ties the aesthetic together. This room is all about softness, defined by gentle, curved shapes and warming upholstery. Two sets of French doors open on to a decked terrace that holds endless potential; warm up with a morning coffee, take a break in the midday sun or dine al fresco and watch the sunset.
A large open plan kitchen dining and reception area inhabits the lower ground floor alongside a second living room. The kitchen -cum-reception room is a similarly light space with three sets of French doors that lead into a private back garden. The kitchen embodies heritage English design, with fine wooden cabinetry providing ample storage. The marble counters add a polished finish to the area, while the island cleverly delineates zones without preventing the flow of the room. An elegant dining area is ideal for hosting dinner parties while the more laid-back lounge offers an inviting seat with a view. A glowing ‘Wow’ light is an enlivening addition that provides a more energetic atmosphere for the evening. The enclosed, split-level outdoor garden establishes sections for multipurpose use, meaning that children and adults can adapt these areas for their own needs.
The second living room is inviting with its overstuffed armchairs and muted palette. Faded pinks and browns invoke a countryside feel, however, the room is not without its quirks that act as points of interest. The Hollywood director style stool and ode to David Bowie hint at the creative logic behind this room. The installation of a wooden partition also enables the space to be split up for privacy.
The upper floors are home to five bedrooms and another office. A calm and cool setting, the master bedroom balances neutral shades of greige with layers of dynamic blues and colourful motifs. High ceilings add depth and airiness, while the windows generously facilitate natural light. The palette of hues is echoed in the spacious en-suite. A double sink means hassle-free mornings while a roomy bath tucked in the corner encourages an indulgent evening. Each bedroom applies a cohesive and soothing scheme to form enclaves for rest and relaxation. One bedroom was turned into second office, a cosy affair with a slightly more modern finish. Similarly establishing a more informal area with comfortable armchairs, the workspace provides a spot for less demanding activities.