Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

I’m so pleased to be sharing these pictures with you of the flat we recently finished renovating in Notting Hill. We bought the flat just before Christmas and started work on it in January. In the end we updated everything and it took a little longer than we hoped because our lovely builders were splitting their time between London and Dorset.

But we got there in the end and are thrilled with how it has turned out.

We bought the flat so that we could keep a base in London to use when we need to for work, but also something that we can rent out for holiday lets as this is something we have always wanted to do.

Finding the right property is always a challenge and we looked at many flats before finally choosing this one. We even had another one under offer, which sadly fell through after Brexit, but I always think these things happen for a reason as we love this one even more. Once the price was agreed (last August) it took many months to reach completion and wasn’t without its stresses (is it ever?!) I’ll actually be writing a post soon all about how to find the perfect renovation project, as it’s something I often get asked about.

This flat is on the lower ground of a beautiful building on Talbot Road. It’s such a perfect location as you are only five minutes walk to Westbourne Grove and Portabello Road. We chose a lower ground, as we knew we wanted a garden and this flat has the most lovely private terrace – it’s so secluded and really does feel like a lovely haven away from the hustle and bustle of the city. I have already installed a few plants in pots, but can’t wait to fill it with more and lots of fairy lights for romantic evening drinks and dinner.

Inside the flat we wanted to create a light, fresh and calm feel – we took influence mainly from Scandinavian apartments and commissioned the lovely and talented Kristin Gaudio Endsley to paint a Diptych as the central piece to the room (and to hide the TV!). The living room is a really good size and we really wanted to maximise this sense of space, so built a banquette in the corner for dining/working at. It’s a great way to save space and pretty cost effective too.

We painted the walls throughout the flat in the same colour; Farrow & Ball’s Strong White. When working with smaller spaces, using the same colour for all rooms creates a lovely sense of flow and I also think it makes the space feel bigger. The master bedroom design was inspired by a Slim Aaron’s photo that takes pride of place; a sense of calm with some pops of mid-century colour.

I really hope you like it and if you are looking for somewhere to stay in London then please do check it out on Airbnb, we would love to host you!

Laura x

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

Laura Butler-Madden's Notting Hill Flat

 

 

Here are some pictures of the most decadent master bathroom that I have designed to date – it also happens to be my bathroom at home! It’s the place where I start and finish my day; yoga in the morning (I’ve recently discovered Yoga with Adriene and love her teaching style) and winding down in the evening after a busy day with a long hot bath. 

Creating spaces at home where you can truly relax and feel pampered is so important. Yes a space needs to also be functional, but there is no reason that function and beauty can’t always go together!

For this room I took a large guest bedroom to convert into the bathroom and create a beautiful and indulgent master suite. I have always wanted to have Victorian-style double doors between a bedroom and a bathroom and this house had the perfect proportions to do so. 

I commissioned a local joiner to make the doors as well as these beautiful wardrobes – it’s a style I had admired for a long time – having mirror panelled doors really reflects the light in this north facing room and the detailing on the doors really helps to create the luxurious feel I was going for.

I am really pleased with the completed look – it really is a truly indulgent and relaxing space to hide away from the stresses of daily life. If you would like to try and re-create the look at home then scroll to the bottom of this post for supplier details.

Have a great week!

LBM
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GET THE LOOK: Victorian style bath and double console basin from Heritage Bathroom, solid oak parquet in Seashell from Fired Earth, Georgica Pond marble tiles also from Fired Earth, joinery from a local carpenter, but similar available from The Heritage Wardrobe Company, reclaimed fireplace from Ebay, Roberts Radio from John Lewis, Vogue print painted for me by a friend, please email me for details, Slim Aarons print above the fireplace, similar available from Surface View, glass orb chandelier from The White Company.

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It’s September and there is a distinct feeling of Autumn in the air – I love this time of year, it always gives me that ‘back to school’ feeling and I have to resist buying a new pencil case to celebrate! Perfectly fitting with the time of year, we are starting work on our new project; a beautiful Victorian house in a Conservation Area in South-West London. 

The house is currently split into two flats so our first challenge is to get planning permission to convert back into a single dwelling. We have spoken with the council, who say that this fits with their plans for the area, so fingers crossed the application will go smoothly. Once that’s happened we will then start work on a full refurbishment and rear extension to create a lovely kitchen and dining area.


Here are some initial pictures of the house – I’m so excited to bring it back to it’s best – so many beautiful features and so much potential…

LBM
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{Images via Patrick Butler-Madden}

This week I want to share some pictures of a kitchen I designed in a South-West London home last year. The Victorian Terrace property had a side return extension to maximise the space to the rear as these houses are quite narrow and it can be a bit of a squeeze to fit in the kitchen/dining room that modern living aspires to without extending to the side or the rear. In terms of layout, we wanted a large island, so designed that to include various units as well as a wine rack and fridge. I kept the colour scheme neutral and fresh, using an off white marble for the kitchen tops, which complemented the Carrara on the table perfectly.

I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having at the moment!


LBM

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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Happy Friday!

I arrived back from beautiful Sri Lanka yesterday morning and although missing the warmth, the stunning scenery and lovely people there, I am also pleased to be back home with Coco and Lola and ready to get back to work. There are so many exciting plans for this year both with my work and with Little Miss Homes, the first of which is our new development project that is now well underway. It’s a stunning Victorian Villa in a South West London conservation area – I will share the before pictures with you next week!

For now I wanted to share these pictures of the master bedroom in our most recent project. We extended into the loft to and instead of splitting the space into two smaller bedrooms, we chose to create one large generous space, combining bedroom, en suite shower room and walk in wardrobe. The property is a 1930s house so there was a lot of height that we could use for the conversion,as well as being semi-detached so we could extend to the rear and the side, so you don’t have the cramped feeling you sometimes get up the roof. We designed the large windows to add character to space and to create a slightly New England feel, which is a style I am just loving at the moment.

The colour palette was chosen to create a sense of serenity and calm with plush carpet, marble tiles in the bathroom and a walk in wardrobe adding a bit of glamour to the space. The dressing table and mirror were chosen to compliment the 1930s origin of the house. 

If you would like to create a look similar to this in your home, then scroll to the end of the post for all the supplier information.

Have a gorgeous weekend and see you next week.

LBM
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{Photography by Butler-Madden Photography}
GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, the mirror above the sink are from a Swedish Boutique, Betsy Dressing Table is from Graham & Green. The large floor mirror is from An Angle At My Table. The marble bathroom tiles are from Fired Earth and the carpet is from a range at The Carpet Bureau in Battersea.