A sneak peak inside the beautifully quirky Notting Hill home designed by an English actor and his film producer wife, shows how personal taste, improvisation and collecting can create your own individual haven.
The strikingly lit house covers four floors with large frameless skylights opening up the lower ground level. Simple backdrops of polished concrete floors and white timber are stylishly juxtaposed by an eclectic mix of objets d’art.
The couple bought the house (situated just off Portobello Rd) in 1992 – back when the whole of Notting Hill felt like Golbourne Road does today.
They don’t stick to any kind of inspiration or sources, but instead maintain a constantly evolving collection of decorative pieces.
Their budget is £5 for items to restore or manipulate, examples of which can be seen on every one of the four floors – proving the Ceraudo mantra that a great interior needn’t cost the earth.
They generally find Christie‘s a good source of inspiration, particularly the ‘Gentleman’s Library Sale’ for its focus on pieces from explored lands and adventures.
This sense of adventure, travel and religion is prominent throughout the house with numerous skulls and kitsch Catholic figurines.
The lady of the house doesn’t quite share her husband’s decorative eclecticism. The volume of pieces inside (sometimes referred to by her as “junk”!) means that new additions are rarely spotted instantly. That said, the fact that she instantly knows something has been added to a room, even if it hasn’t yet been discovered, surely shows that the interior melange has more than an accidental sense of purpose.
“De-clutter when you can; if you have a garden, make use of it whenever you can (the garden here is used all summer long); keep original features if possible.”
“Improvisation is key.”