PORTLAND ROAD, HOLLAND PARK, LONDON

Glamour. That’s the first word that comes to mind when considering the very gorgeous interior of this house on Portland Road in London’s Holland Park. This is one super-styled living space, and everything about this interior, from the materials and finishes used - just look at the bathroom above - to the choice of furnishings - cue the over-scaled button-back headboard in the bedroom - suggests a confident aesthetic with an eye for luxe details.

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RAEBURN PLACE, EDINBURGH

Goodness knows how many times I’ve walked past the ornate door at number 30 Raeburn Place in the heart of Stockbridge in Edinburgh. I’ve lived in this area – not in Stockbridge, but within walking distance – for almost twenty years, so I must have made a good few hundred trips along Raeburn Place while heading to or from Inverleith Park or the Royal Botanic Garden. Raeburn Place is a thriving hub of independent shops and cafés and bars, so you tend to forget that there are residential properties set above or in this case above and behind the shops. Never once did I expect to find a townhouse here. A flat, yes. But a Georgian townhouse arranged over four floors? Definitely not.

Which makes 30/2 Raeburn Place something of a revelation.

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THE WATER TOWER, CHEVELEY, CAMBRIDGESHIRE

I’ve featured a few live/work spaces so far on the Files with properties such as The Workshop and Slip House – both highly individual family homes designed by their architect owners to accommodate a studio space for their respective practices. Ten years ago, would live/work spaces have been quite so prevalent? I doubt it. Technological advances have transformed our ability to work from home after all, so more people are in turn looking for homes that offer an integrated studio or office space.

The Water Tower incorporates not one but two studio spaces. The first is found on the first floor of the building and is currently used as an artist’s studio, while the second sits within the tower itself – an open plan studio/bedroom with a lofty timber-beamed ceiling and large windows soaking in the views over the surrounding countryside. As live/work spaces go, this is frankly incredible.

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ISLAND LIVING

So it’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted an International Fridays feature and it almost didn’t happen again today (deadlines, deadlines…) but I spotted this fantastic holiday home on Fantastic Frank’s site and had to share. I could live by the sea at any time of year - I’ve nothing against chilly winter beach walks - but during the summer months with the longer days and evenings, there really is no place I’d rather be. 

This two bedroom house is located on a small Swedish island with panoramic sea vistas over Saxarfjärden, and was designed by architect Ulf Nelson.

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THE FRAMEHOUSE, ROWE LANE, LONDON

I’ve featured quite a properties from The Modern House of late, and there’s a good reason: they market the most fantastic and unique houses, and often with a strong architectural angle. This week’s offering is no exception. Located in Rowe Lane in London’s Hackney, The Framehouse is a striking looking building with an impressive architectural pedigree. It is the home of architect Marcus Lee, who was formerly an associate director at Richard Rogers Partnership (now Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners) where his projects included Heathrow Terminal 5 and the Lloyd’s Buildings in London. Lee went on to establish his own practice, FLACQ, and then worked with Glenn Howells before launching LEEP - Lee Partnership - in the spring of this year.

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HIGHGATE HILL, LONDON

Maybe it’s because of the summery weather here in the UK but I can’t help but be drawn to properties with a great indoor-outdoor flow at the moment. There’s something about that spilling-the-indoors-out that feels so appealing on these warmer days, and this five bedroom Victorian terraced house at Highgate Hill highlights this connection brilliantly.

Located a short walk from Highgate Village in London – and near the open spaces of Waterlow Park and Hampstead Heath – this traditional house was remodelled by Dow Jones Architects in 2010-11. The owner is a gallery owner who opens the house for exhibitions, so the new design had to incorporate dual functions as both a family home and a private gallery – a light-filled bay-windowed reception room on the ground floor is currently used for displaying art.

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ONE ROYAL CIRCUS, EDINBURGH

I first visited One Royal Circus in Edinburgh maybe thirteen years ago to write about it for The Observer. You know how some houses make such a strong impression that you will never forget them? Well, this is one of those houses. This was before number One opened its doors to its bevy of A-list guests; before Ewan McGregor called it “a fabulous house” and before David Walliams referred to this A listed Georgian townhouse as being “the loveliest house I’ve stayed in”. And it was certainly before Christina Aguilera asked to throw her MTV after-party here in 2003 – the owners, Mike and Susan Gordon, refused. There’s only so much partying that Edinburgh’s New Town can take after all.

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ST. JOHNS AVENUE, LONDON: PART 2

If you saw my earlier post on this warehouse conversion in London, you’ll already be aware of how much I love this house. So much, in fact, that it deserved two posts. Part 1 looked at the open plan living, dining and kitchen space that occupies the first floor of this property on St. Johns Avenue, which was converted from its former life as a wood workshop by the current owners working with architects Flower Michelin.

Part 2 heads downstairs to the ground level, where you’ll find three bedrooms along with a family bathroom and a shower room.

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ST. JOHNS AVENUE, LONDON: PART 1

What do you do when you come across a house where the interior photos are so good that you can’t choose ten for a post? Juggle them as you will, there are simply too many great images being missed out.

One way round this is to write two posts, which explains the headline as this selection represents Part 1 of this smashingly good interior in London. If you’ve followed the Files for a while you’ll be used to me gushing about some house that I’ve fallen in love with, and yes, this is another one of those moments. There are a few things that are guaranteed to pique my interest in an interior: open plan living, exposed bricks, eclectic styling, anything with an industrial vibe, sludgy wall colours, shades of grey, interesting art… the list goes on but you get the gist.

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