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10 Charming London-Based Interiors

by Erin Austen Abbott

When I was a child, my great aunt sent me a little tin filled with butter cookies from her recent trip to London. It was shaped like a double-decker bus, with people looking out the windows at the sights, presumably (“Look kids, Big Ben, Parliament”). I loved that tin, as it became the home for my Lite-Brite pegs after the cookies were eaten up. All these years later, I still have that little bus and it still houses Lite-Brite pegs. It’s always been more than that to me, though. At a very young age, her gift opened the door to the idea of London and travel for me. It left me curious about the towns, the countryside and the colors of England.

Sometimes I get lost in the set of a movie and more times than not, it’s set in London. I spend most of the movie wondering where was it filmed, with their perfect storefronts and that vintage decor of plaids and the perfect floral wallpaper. I quickly add it to my list of places to visit (again). I have been there once, for about eight hours, when I used to tour with bands, selling their merchandise. Not long enough to take in any of the beauty or the sights. As I got older, the intrigue has continued and moved to the homes of London. Are they all regal and fancy? Are they cozy or cheery? Do they look like the set of The King’s Speech (which is honestly the most perfect movie set in my opinion)? I hope this roundup of 10 London interiors, from previous Sneak Peeks, will answer as many questions for you as it did for me. —Erin

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Nestled in Notting Hill, this London home for a family of four is designed for the whole family. In the children's room, the soft linens in blue and grey, next to the gorgeous, bold art pairs so well. The pops of color are sure to brighten any room on a rainy day.
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Here we have spice shelf dreams, in the open kitchen of food writer Anissa Helou. After mixing her own spices, her concoctions sit looking like works of art in weck jars.
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A kitchen that dreams are made of, this London kitchen, with views of the garden in the back and the trees above, is just stunning. Imagine this room on a rainy, cozy evening. How equally great it must be.
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Mixing beautiful vintage finds in a room with warm, natural light, makes this London home one of our favorites in the roundup.
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This cheerful wallpaper pairs great with the red striped pillows and the envy-inducing wall of aqua cabinets. The combination matches nicely while still giving the room a bit of edge, a look that blends so well in this London home.
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In a home mixed with reclaimed items and found vintage pieces, this London space has been converted into a gem, filled with beautiful natural light.
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The subtle decor and soft tones of this bedroom belonging to Philip Mehr and Lucie Eleanor really allow the palms next to the bed to pop.
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There's something so calming about the natural light streaming in and the vintage apothecary items in the London flat of Luke Fenech and Oliver Chapman.
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With an IKEA floating shelf hung close to the floor, this dark and moody room sets the tone for playing records and keeping it cozy in the home of Gemma Ahern.
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The ever-evolving renovations of this London flat have given this living room a calm and cozy spot for the family take on whatever comes their way, whether it's a party, a house full of the children's friends, or just a quiet reading day.

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