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A VERSATILE HOME

Queens Gardens, W2


Fans of iconic 20th century furniture loved this flat with its mid-century suede chairs and other classic designs. Even the shag pile carpet in the living room looked like it was straight out of the set of Mad Men. There were modern touches too, with Damian Hirst prints on the living room walls and a custom built sofa and bookshelf installed under the stairs. There was a hint of Scandinavian influence, if the stripped pine wood floors and white accents are anything to go by. That said, this was far more sophisticated than anything IKEA could offer.

The home was not only beautifully interior-designed, but clearly had the architect’s touch. The geometric shapes seen in the staircases and the built-in bookshelf below were Libeskind-esque. Even the loft room is elevated to architectural grandeur with its patterned wallpaper, although the harsh lines are softened by the addition of a Panton chair and a reindeer hide rug.

The master bedroom is surprisingly feminine. Although still minimal, the embroidered Egyptian cotton sheets are accented with a beautiful pink silk eiderdown. Fresh pink chrysanthemums finish the look.

Sleek units featured in the kitchen, that were beautifully styled with matching storage containers, making it look almost too nice to cook in. While you could probably knock out a great meal in there, we suspect that given the maisonette’s central location near Lancaster Gate, the owners probably took full advantage of all the fantastic restaurants on their doorstep. Despite its very urban location, it was situated on a beautiful garden square and the guest bedroom had floor-to-ceiling sliding doors leading to a balcony overlooking this green space.

It was a deceptively large flat, too, occupying the sixth and seventh floors of this elegant stucco fronted building. Its position within the building also ensured it was flooded with natural light. Possibly the most astonishing thing is that the couple who owned this maisonette also had two kids. Whoever said that family homes had to be boring?