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sneak peek: courtney & michael adamo

by Amy Azzarito

Courtney, one of the founders of Babyccino Kids, and her husband, Michael Adamo, bought this Victorian home in London’s Highgate Village last August. Then they spent eight long months renovating the 120-year-old home. They kept as much of the original detailing as possible, such as the original ceiling cornices, old fireplaces and beautiful ceiling medallions, but modernized the space to make it family friendly. Two months ago, the couple and their three children — Easton (6), Quin (4) and Ivy (2) — finally moved in. Courtney has an affinity for Scandinavian style, which she brought in with the white floors and walls, but she kept the home’s furnishing traditional with a little modern flair. The result is absolutely stunning — an oasis in the middle of London. Thanks, Courtney & Michael, and many thanks to Darrin Henry for the lovely photographs. — Amy A.

Image above: This is my office, and one of my favorite rooms in the house. It looks out into the back garden (right now, apples are growing on the tree right outside), so it’s really peaceful. It also gives me a good vantage point for keeping an eye on the kids while they play. The desk is our old dining table, made by Ercol. The desk lamp is by Jielde, the prints on the wall are lithographs by Matisse — I bought them at a French market earlier this year as a birthday present to myself.

Image above: This is our kitchen, looking out toward the back of the house. The majority of the renovation work on the house involved this space — we had to knock down a structural wall that divided this room in order to create one big room. It’s nice to have the kitchen look directly out at the garden — it makes living in a big city so much nicer, especially for the kids (and for my husband, who spends more time out there than anyone!).

Courtney & Michael’s London home continues after the jump!

Image above: The lights above the island are old glass funnels turned upside down — they create a pretty prismatic light. The paint color on our kitchen cabinets is our own mix. We wanted it to be a warm grey to complement and add warmth to the marble. The white walls are Farrow & Ball “Strong White.”

Image above: This is my boys’ bedroom. We went for a really white, airy look, painting the floorboards and the walls white (Farrow & Ball “All White”). I wanted to let their toys and artwork add the color to their room. (We have a playroom where the majority of the toys are kept, so don’t be fooled by the tidiness!)

Image above: My daughter’s room. Again, the floorboards and walls are painted white (Farrow & Ball “All White” on the walls and F&B “Cornforth White” on the floor). The dresser is an old tatty thing we found for pennies on eBay. The print above the dresser is the London Map print by Famille Summerbelle. I like her room because it feels feminine without being pink or frilly, and that old fireplace makes the room so cozy.

Image above: Ivy’s room again. And another print by Famille Summerbelle. This print is my favorite thing in her room — it’s filled with old photos of family. The old apple crate on the floor keeps her books tidy, and the bunny rabbit sticker is from Belle & Boo (Ivy loves bunnies!).

Image above: Our reception room. It is such a hodge-podge of furniture. We recently got the yellow velvet sofa as a hand-me-down from some friends. It’s fun to have it in the bay window, and it’s sort of fun to have something I probably wouldn’t have bought myself. The lamp is a George Nelson bubble lamp from Modernica — I like the way it mirrors the circular ceiling rose above it. Wall paint is Farrow & Ball “Strong White.”

Image above: Our guest bathroom. We tried to keep all the bathrooms and bathroom fittings as traditional as we could to reflect the Victorian house. We opted for a pedestal sink, traditional taps and a roll-top bathtub. (F&B “Strong White” on the walls and “All White” on the wood paneling.)

Image above: This is the master bedroom. Lighting fixture is by Kathleen Hills, and it’s so pretty and feminine in this room — it creates enough of a statement that I felt I didn’t have to do much else with the room. (Again, the paint color is our own mix — the same color as our kitchen cabinets.)

Image above: Laundry room, looking out at the garden. A big, deep sink for washing dirty children! We’ve had that orange tree for nearly 7 years now. It’s moved with us every time we move — I always carry it by hand when we move houses because it’s now one of our most treasured possessions!

Image above: Wellies! A must-have for all kids growing up in England. My husband and I have them too for long rainy walks in the park.

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  • Hi, Could you possibly tell me where you got your glass for the glass roofing (skylights).

    Also, where did you get your sinks?

    Thanks, Miranda

  • Hi Courtney,

    Lovely house! Could I ask the orientation of your living room? We’ve just bought a 85 year house and planning to update it but the wall colours are very hard to figure out. Our living room faces east and I’m struggling to find a white and gray that will work. I noticed you’ve used Strong White on your living room walls.

  • I would love to know how you made the paint color for the kitchen cabinets! Hoping you’ll share the details with us. Thank you!

  • Hi there!
    On the search of a warm grey for our new custom made kitchen cabinets, I came across your kitchen. Love, love, love the grey you used!!! Could you share the color mix? I am looking at Farrow & Ball colors … but not sure which one to use. We want to avoid any greenish touch. Pure, warm grey!! Thank you so much! Britta

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