ST LUKE'S ROAD
Contemporary-rustic defines this five-bedroom home conceived by Japanese-Finnish designer Mirva Yoshinari. With an ink-black matte facade and honeyed embellishments, it extends over five floors, allowing space for families to spread out. Inside, a subdued, earthy colour palette makes a feature of reclaimed, natural materials – think stone, wood, marble. A touch of country living within walking distance of Notting Hill’s most lively streets.
Exceeding the expectations of modern city dwelling, this home demonstrates how a considered edit of raw materials can create a warm, welcoming environment without compromising on style. Grounded by ambient shades and textural finishes, each room has its own character thanks to the clever pairing of vintage pieces and industrial-style fixtures. It’s an aesthetic that’s at once organic and incredibly chic.
On the lower-ground floor, the open-plan kitchen and family room echoes Yoshinari’s global approach to design, combining Finnish, American and Italian principles. The result is a seamless flow of calm and light – the latter of which pours through a large Crittall door frame, diffusing the lines between areas for living, cooking, dining and the walled garden beyond. Against this soothing backdrop – the perfect foil for busy family life – striking furnishings express Yoshinari’s flair for carefree, timeless eclecticism. Vintage wooden étagères and period dressers sit beside a poured-concrete island and Miele appliances. Layers of marble, concrete, brass, velvet and parquet add complexity.
Divided by sliding wooden doors, the raised ground floor is occupied by a double reception room with high ceilings and oak floors. Here, Yoshinari’s redesign has been sympathetic to the original character of the home, preserved among the detailed cornicing, ceiling roses and a traditional feature fireplace. The chimney breast, meanwhile, is a canvas for statement artwork. Double doors open onto an enclosed terrace, the gateway for a cool breeze in warmer climes.
The repeated use of raw woods creates a certain harmony across the five bedrooms and bathrooms – expect timber flooring, knotted panelling and the kind of unvarnished furniture that invites you to run your hand across the surface. Coupled with creamy hues, these pieces set the scene for personal oases that echo nature.
In the master bedroom, a built-in wardrobe doubles up as a statement wall, with mottled mirrors mimicking the shapes of neighbouring trees framed by original picture windows. The adjoining en-suite bathroom is all rough wooden panelling, exposed pipework and antique mirrors. Sitting on ornate cabriole legs, the freestanding tub feels all the more luxurious for the juxtaposition with its surrounds.
In addition to the garden and two terraces, there’s a sizeable, decked roof garden that gives way to panoramas of the London skyline. Come here at sunset and enjoy views that chime with the rough-luxe charisma of this standout home.