This blog is becoming a little interiors obsessed at the minute. Probably because I’m becoming a little interiors obsessed. I even dreamt about kitchens the other night. It was a happy dream. Everything turned out OK in the end. I do believe that your surroundings have an effect on your inner psyche. I’m not a naturally tidy person (it’s a been a lifelong struggle) but I do feel calmer, more capable and generally happier if my surroundings are ordered. I just have to remind myself of this quite often. (See my last post for an idea of how the chaos of building work is effecting me at the moment: it’s stressful!)
Anyway, we did our annual pilgrimage to architecture and beautifully put together interiors this weekend. It was London Open House weekend. I’m going to share my two favourites as I was simply blown away by them (the first one in particular). Pear Tree House is basically my dream property; mixing concrete, wood and glass to create the most gorgeous residence.
The house is on the site of an old orchard in East Dulwich, surrounded by Victorian terraces. Apparently when the Victorian houses were originally built it was common for market gardens to be grown intermittently between the properties to supply the residents. I rather like this idea. However this orchard had been abandoned and the site was littered with construction rubbish. One tree was salvaged and remains in the middle of the courtyard.
The two parts of the house were connected by a glass walkway where the sun streamed in on a sunny day.
The interior had a modernist feel to it; the main materials used being concrete, timber with flashes of gold aluminium. It was spacious and light-filled. I loved the sunken seating in the lounge area. In fact, the built in seating throughout the whole property is giving me food for thought. (I’m hoping to have some in my new kitchen.) Speaking of kitchens, look at this one. Wow.
There was copper detailing throughout and the piece-de-la-resistance was a chandelier that hung on the double height landing.
I covet the office (oak veneer was used throughout). Who am I kidding? I covet the whole house. I will definitely be calling on Edgley Design to be my architects if I ever come into oodles of cash so I can afford to build my own house.
The second property, located in Peckham, is an entirely different beast, but impressive nonetheless. The plot was much, much smaller. This brought its own problems which the architects (who also lived there) had used innovative solutions. The plot had once been used as a garage and storage but had become derelict in recent years.
The corridor was long and thin and had a child’s bedroom off it. There was a large green sliding door. (I’m hoping to have a green sliding door in my kitchen and this was the perfect colour). At the back, there was enough room for a spacious double height living, cooking, dining space with a mezzanine floor. Make yourself at home, Fred. (This blogpost should be subtitled ‘Fred reading in architect designed homes’).
Again copper detailing was in full force. Obviously architects love a bit of copper. I rather liked these perforated copper lampshades.
I also liked the desk which had been made out of a plank of wood. The office was on the mezzanine and was flooded with light.
The courtyard garden was tiny, but I loved what they had done with it. Our garden is pretty shady so I was looking for inspiration. Love these ‘holes’ full of succulents.
So another year, another Open House. I do love a snoop around a beautifully designed home.