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A Charming Cottage Feeling

July 06, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

1940s London home with character receives a bright, light update.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES London and Middlesex County, p.22. Find local businesses in our London directory. 


On a whim, this couple dropped into an open house for this home, circa the 1940s, with an interior reminiscient of the saddle shoes and poodle skirts era. They were mesmerized and made an offer, excited with big plans. With the help of Laurie Battersby of Decor Resource, their vision became a reality. 
 
The renovation project lasted six months and involved some dramatic alterations to the interior footprint. Updates were also made to the electrical and plumbing, a select number of plumbing fixtures came from The Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Showroom and Aqualuxe Bath Showroom
 
Both the front living room and art studio are sun-filled with neutral walls that let the homeowners' beloved art collection hold the spotlight. The original kitchen was tiny, Laurie says, but opening up the space by removing a few walls has allowed plenty of space for entertaining. A breakfast nook was "a really cute element" and therefore maintained from the original layout. 
 
"The second floor was gutted," says Laurie. Vaulted ceilings were added in the master bedroom, which is painted in Benjamin Moore's Smokey Green. A glamourous walk-in closet was created by removing one of the original bedrooms. Herringbone patterned marble floors, in the master bathroom, are a nod to the home's architectural roots. 
 
The design team left the original windows and arched front door untouched with a goal of respecting the 1940s craftsmanship and have created a light, cottagey feel inside the home. The homeowners call it their "cottage in the city." 

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