AHEAD OF THE CURVE
Homes & Gardens|January 2022
Interior design practice Salvesen Graham and Flower Michelin Architects worked together to elevate this home into something rather special
JULIET BENNING
CLUB ROOM

Lacquered elements are key to the space’s sumptuous aesthetic. Circular Yacht table; Casino chairs, all Soane Britain. Chairs in Echo leather, Moore & Giles. Walls in a bespoke colour by Henry van der Vijver. Art by Andy Warhol, bought with the assistance of Rebecca Gordon Art Advisory

ENTRANCE HALL

The fluted edges of the ceramic wall panelling are reflective of the round arches on the door. Panelling and marble floor, Salvesen Graham with Flower Michelin Architects. Parker wall lights, The Urban Electric Co. Zurich lantern, Vaughan

KITCHEN

The architects came up with ideas such as the arched doors in here to add dramatic statements. Cabinetry, 202 Design. Handles and knobs, Waterworks. Walls in Whiting by Edward Bulmer Natural Paint. Chiltern double pendant light, The Urban Electric Co

Reinventing a Victorian terrace to become a house with a defining architectural style statement is always a challenge in a city where there is no shortage of period properties. Yet with the help of Flower Michelin Architects and interior design practice Salvesen Graham, Nina and Lorne Balfe have found themselves the owners of a highly original and deeply considered family home.

‘We’d rented in the same area for a few years and when this house came on the market we fell in love with the footprint. Properties on this road don’t come up very often, so I came to view it while Lorne was working in LA,’ Nina explains. ‘The lady who owned it had lived here for 20 years and while it was very stylish, there was a certain amount of work we knew would have to be done,’ she explains. ‘I wrote it off but sent Lorne the particulars and when he saw it, he loved all the beautiful features and was the one who encouraged us to buy it.’

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