The Idealist

Light and luxurious Belsize Park Gardens

Sunlight from the large windows streams into this three bedroom Victorian apartment in north London. Refiguring and refurbishing this space and integrating a study-come-bedroom and snug/family room was the challenge embraced by design studio Robinson van Noort, London based designers of buildings, interiors and furniture.

Let the Light In

The property’s greatest feature is the openness and light and this was the main area to work around whilst refiguring the space to fit in the extra room. By fitting a series of reclaimed 19th century partially glazed doors and screens the light flows effortlessly around the property. A clever internal window was added to the master bathroom with a roman blind for privacy above the headboard on the other side of the window.

Glass has been used in other areas such as the Murano chandeliers in the main reception area and above the dining table drawing the eye to the property’s high ceilings. In the kitchen glass has been used in a more contemporary way with a blue glass splash back on one wall and a bespoke glass fronted display cabinet in polished black metal adding an industrial look.

Mirror, Mirror

Mirrors, like the antique pine and gesso mirror above the fireplace, have a strong presence in this property helping to reflect the light and adding style and practicality. There are a mix of styles with the master bedroom hosting a 1950’s decorative brass framed Italian mirror and a modern full length mirror in the dressing area, whilst the master bathroom has twin mirrors above corresponding sinks in a luxury hotel feel.

Design Solutions

There are clever uses of space within the apartment. Behind the front door there is another large mirror with a simple shelf underneath, an otherwise unused area, and in the snug a desk has been integrated in the large storage wall. Technology, such as TVs are often a challenge to work with but in the reception room it is stored in the sourced and adapted Scandinavian cupboard.

Smart Storage

The French chest of drawers in the master bedroom were also sourced by Robinson van Noort and the kitchen units were made by bespoke joiners, painted in Little Greene’s Basalt 221. Little Greene paints were used throughout the property: Frech Grey Dark 163 and French Grey Pale 161 in the hallway, kitchen, study and reception room, Rubine Ashes 234 in the master bedroom and Tusk 237 in the master bathroom. Blue Blood from Paint and Paper was used in the family bathroom.

A Hint of Mustard

Against the backdrop of blues and greys the occasional splash of yellow really stands out. The Smith of Derby wall clock in the kitchen and the yellow roll top bath add an element of playfulness to the rooms as does the yellow chair in the study.

A clever multi-functional home has been achieved in this property whilst keeping light flooding in, however now it’s mixed with sense of individuality, style and luxury.

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All photos courtesy of Alexander James

  • Helen is a fabric designer and lives with her husband and two sons near Bath. She grew up by the sea in Cornwall and is reinventing a modern coastal look of interiors with her debut collection in a minimal graphic design inspired style. Passionate about pattern, Helen is constantly capturing images on her phone for potential design inspiration.

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