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Before & After: Southwood Home Renovation by LLI Design in London

by Annie Werbler

As Design Director of LLI Design, Linda Levene often completes projects drawing from her background in fashion and textiles. Her love of form, texture, and color is especially evident in a recent total overhaul of a four-story 1970s townhouse in Highgate — a charming, leafy neighborhood in London. The revamped home, dubbed “Southwood,” now features an open-plan master suite with freestanding bath as well as a statement glass-and-steel staircase between the lower levels. When its new family first saw the space in its untouched 1970s state, they knew it had tons of potential to reference its retro beginnings in a modern way. For example, the brightly lit full-width rooms felt large to the contemporary dweller, but hallways throughout the residence were cramped and dark.

The design firm reconfigured the floor plan and “transformed a tall, vertical townhouse into a home with a feeling of expansiveness and laterality, creating an uplifting and comfortable home for the owners.” In the casual living area, a palette of dark khaki, burnt orange, yellow and dark woods paired with industrial metals and mid-century furniture hints at the structure’s original history. More formal zones offer a relaxed feeling of calm with plush neutral upholstery, soft yellow and pale blue accents, and pops of graphic black. The construction and technical home automation were completed by another branch of the company — Pegasus Property & Pegasus Automation. In total, the project was recently awarded the annual Best Interior Design Private Residence in London title by the United Kingdom Property Awards for its warmth, elegance, and tasteful redesign. β€”Annie

Photography by Alex MaguireΒ 

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On the ground floor, the living room offers a feeling of relaxed calm. The soft cream, yellow, and pale blue color palette is accented by pops of graphic black. A glass balustrade without a handrail minimizes the visual impact of a staircase leading to the basement level.
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A custom dining banquette fills the living room corner adjacent to the kitchen, lit from behind with LED lights. The small area comfortably seats six people.
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Soothing hues carry through to the kitchen in its pale khaki cabinetry and cream composite countertop. A small breakfast bar's dark bronze backsplash tiles add function and style to the room.
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Simple furniture silhouettes, a cohesive color palette, and strong graphic accents keep the defined zones of this multipurpose room separate yet cohesive.
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Upstairs, a series of separate rooms was transformed into a large master suite with an open-plan bathroom. Its freestanding bath faces the bedroom providing views of the exterior garden, and an opaque sliding glass screen separates the back half of the bathroom.
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Patterned floor tiles in a rug-like pattern against the pale timber wide plank hardwoods bring a bedroom aesthetic to the open-plan bathroom.
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A floating LED underlit vanity helps the bathroom to appear larger than it is by occupying less floor space.
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On the lower level, the previous staircase was removed, relocated, and replaced with an open tread glass-and-steel staircase to maximize the available square footage. All of the interior walls were also knocked down. Without an abundance of natural daylight, this area works well as a TV lounge room.
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Underfloor heating was installed beneath oversized dark khaki tile with an embossed design. Distressed painted-brick effect wallpaper adds an accent of coziness to the office wall.

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