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A Creative Twosome’s Tidy & Soothing British Victorian

by Garrett Fleming

When video game designer Philip Mehr and his partner Lucie Eleanor, a food and lifestyle photographer, first moved into this West London Victorian, it didn’t have a front door or a floor. The pair even had to step over pipes just to get around the house! Living in a construction site for a year and a half didn’t bother this creative pair in the least, though. Their past apartments have helped them realize how much they actually prefer starting from scratch when decorating a space. This is a team that truly revels in the steady process of curating a look bit by bit and piece by piece.

When Lucie and Philip began decorating their Victorian, they were sure to make decisions that would help keep the space organized and tidy. They work from home on occasion, and between Lucie’s many styling props and Philip’s various tech accessories, the home can easily slip into disarray at any moment. Carefully planning how they utilize every inch of cabinet space holds off chaos and has allowed them to maintain the “… minimalistic [but not] empty” look they love. Even if they’re on their organizational A-game, however, it’s not realistic for the family to never use additional storage. Vintage trunks have proven to be a stylish way to add storage space without having to accomodate bulky wardrobes or furniture that would detract from their pared-down taste.

Speaking of furniture, in typical Lucie and Philip fashion, snagging the home’s larger pieces wasn’t a cut-and-dry experience. “I didn’t just want to buy all of my furniture at once and have it all matching,” Lucie shares. “I wanted to have different-looking pieces [I could] tie together to create a style.” Clearly this strategy has worked, as the couple’s years of collecting has awarded them a trove of great pieces they truly adore.

The more I think about how thoughtful each of these decorating decisions are, the more memorable the two-bedroom home’s moody color scheme becomes. Why? Well, during any design project, color influences everything, and it’s arguably the most important decision. That being said, you’d think planners like Lucie and Philip would ponder their home’s final palette for weeks. Nope. This time around, it came together, strangely enough, quite organically. “We like quiet, muted colors… it wasn’t really a conscious decision, we were both just drawn to those types of colors,” the couple tells us. Follow the jump to see exactly what hues the family landed on, and meet the pair and their foster cat, Enzo. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Lucie Eleanor

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Lucie and Philip's home is outfitted in earthy, cooler tones like the bedroom's Dulux "Dusted Fondant" hue. Artwork by Irving Penn, one of Lucie's favorite photographers, sits above a Muji bed decorated with grey bedding from H&M.
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Animal lovers Lucie and Philip frequently travel for work, therefore they cannot commit to owning a pet. Fostering critters, like Enzo here, allows them to give back, if even for a little bit of time. Plus, they make great companions when the two are working from home.
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Lucie's home office is situated right next to the east-facing windows. She basks in sunlight while retouching photos at her desk. This beautiful trunk was a Christmas gift from her mother.
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On weekends, the pair visits local farmers' markets buying bread, salmon, and the occasional flowers like these stunning peonies. They reside in a mug Lucie found at Dunelm Mill. She likes "... to collect vases along with other little items such as feathers, little dishes and gem stones."
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Lucie shot her computer's desktop wallpaper herself. Her computer rests on a desk from IKEA.
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This sunny bathroom has proven to be the ideal spot for drying laundry, but the room's look is still a work-in-progress. Lucie says, "... the tiling on the walls is my favorite part, but in the future [we] would really like to put in a free-standing bath."
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A combination dining/living room is the first thing one sees when they swing open the home's front door. Giant windows, Lucie's favorite aspect of her home, overlook a communal garden and drench the room in light. To their left sits her favorite accessory, a hand-painted screen by Steven Shell.
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The dining area's chairs were snagged from a local restaurant after it closed its doors.
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Dulux "Niagara Blues" serves as the backdrop to a media console from Swoon Editions. "I had been hunting around all over the Internet for something like it for months, then I finally found this one, and it was perfect! It is made from Mango wood and holds all of our books nicely. Philip is a game designer and likes to test out a lot of video games that are on the market," Lucie tells us.
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Philip and Lucie love their side table's "... minimal style and smooth feel." Atop it lives a bundle of eucalyptus, Lucie's secret to a fresh-smelling home.
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More flowers from Columbia Road Flower Market, one of Lucie's favorite spots, sit next to a stack of bound inspiration: books about photography, interiors and art.
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It's challenging to divvy up the open floor plan's space and allocate certain areas to certain rooms, but using furniture as dividers, like the IKEA armchair here, has proven to be a successful trick. While tiny, the kitchen does have some nice cupboard space. Inside are props ready and waiting for when work calls on food photographer Lucie.
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"Being a food photographer means cooking and recipe-testing is one of my favorite things to do. Having such a tiny kitchen can be a little frustrating, but it does make it easier to clean! On my days off, I usually have a few different recipes that I am working on (either for myself or a client)," Lucie explains. Her favorite props are these cutting boards she displays near her sink. They've been collected from Amazon, IKEA and local UK shops.
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The renovated Victorian's floor plan.

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