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WESTBOURNE PARK VILLAS

W2

 To step inside Westbourne Park Villas is to leave behind the thrum of London and enter a white-washed pocket of tranquillity. At its core? Pure simplicity – the ethos of its multitalented designer, Claire Lloyd. Where statement prints and vibrant pops of colour have become the norm, Claire finds beauty in the simpler details. Inspired and energised by natural light, a love nurtured by a diet of sea and sun in Australia and the Greek Island of Lesvos, Claire’s aesthetics embody the spirit of the Hellenes. Her signature minimalist style is woven into every element of this two-bedroom period pub conversion. Bright, airy and awash with natural light, Westbourne Park Villa’s pared-back, blank-canvas interiors elevate even the simplest additions to a work-of-art status.

The all-white reception room spreads out across the first floor, where floor-to-ceiling sash windows channel light into this gallery-like space. Spot the tell-tale signs of the building’s period blueprint; the ribbon of ornate cornicing that runs along the walls, the coal-black fireboxes that strike a timeless contrast. It’s hard to miss the delicate, tiered chandelier. Here, there’s room to dance across pale floorboards, to clink glasses over linguine at the dining table or to curl up with a copy of Claire’s ‘My Greek Island Home’ on the sofa. In the kitchen, further relics of the building’s period heritage. Wooden trusses, painted white of course, run across a vaulted roof. The cabinetry? Streamlined for fuss-free mealtimes. An interplay of form and function. Integrated appliances are a modern touch. Next door: the coveted feature of 2021 – a home office. Built-in storage keeps zoom backgrounds tidy.

The light-filled upper levels are dedicated to switching off and resting screen-weary eyes. Ascend to the second floor to discover the pièce de resistance of this apartment: the master suite. This is where living and sleeping merge. Hide the spoils of shopping sprees on Westbourne Grove in the wall-to-wall wardrobes, before sinking into a steaming bubble-topped freestanding bath under the warming glow of the crystal chandelier. Slip on your fluffiest robe and settle down on the sofa to let your eyes trace the elaborate carvings that dress the black fireplace. For popcorn-worthy movie nights, switch on the projector and get lost in an epic adventure.

On the top floor, a modern second bedroom is carved into the gently sloping apex. In warmer climes, throw open the doors and sip your morning coffee on the decked terrace. Hosting loved ones? Head up to the south-facing roof garden for sundowners with panoramic views.

Westbourne Grove proves that minimalism goes beyond the Marie Kondo effect, beyond the Scandi-cool images that dominate Pinterest. Claire Lloyd, while sympathetic to the building’s context, is breathing new life into essentialism that transforms how people interact with their living spaces. Inspired by her careful curation of light, space and comfort, we spoke to her about her enduring creativity during challenging times. Read the full interview here.