Victorian house in south London

A perfect blend of modern, Victorian, vintage and antique furnishings imbue the Craddock family home with relaxed elegance

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Simon and Joanna Craddock’s handsome double-fronted Victorian house is on a quiet road near one of London’s Royal parks, with a traditional black and white tiled path to the front door.

Project notes

Owners: Joanna Craddock, an interior design consultant, and husband Simon, founder and CEO of a London film and television post-production company, live here with their daughter Georgie,13, son Sam, 10, and dog Rocky

Property: A six-bedroom, Victorian detached house in Teddington, London, built in 1860, with an extension and veranda-covered terrace added to the back in 1890

Essential repairs: The property required rewiring and the painting of the windows, veranda and conservatory. The 1950s built-in cupboards and wardrobes were removed and covered original fireplaces revealed

Layout: As the existing layout works well for the Craddocks, they have made no structural changes

The house was full of built-in cupboards and wardrobes, added in the 1950s, and the decorating was dreadful so Joanna ripped it all out, along with the carpets. Fortunately, the floorboards, woodwork and striking tiled path were all in good condition.

The couple took most of the rooms back to bare plaster and had the floorboards stripped and polished, before an army of decorators spent three weeks painting the rooms from the top of the house downwards.

stain glass hallway windows in a south London Victorian house

Rocky, a schnauzer-poodle cross, waits by the front door, with its original stained glass panels that filter light into the hall. On the left is a what-not passed down from Joanna’s grandmother

kitchen island with 60s style seats in a south London Victorian house

Family meals are often eaten at the kitchen counter on 1950s science lab stools. Ikea sells similar units

living and dining room in a Victorian South London house

The dining/living room was built onto the house when it was extended in the late 19th century. Ardwell damask wallpaper by Nina Campbell. The sofa and footstool are from, the candelabrum is made from 1950s Murano glass and Marie Therese drops, and the chandelier is late Victorian

hand made bespoke dining table in a Victorian south London house

The dining table is bespoke and was hand made by Heal’s

living area with antique chest in a south London Victorian house

Next to the original glass panelled door is an antique walnut chest that once belonged to Joanna’s grandmother. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray

classic bedroom in a south London Victorian house

In the guest room, a Heal’s bed is dressed with antique pillowcases and a modern duvet cover, also from Heal’s, alongside Graham & Green lamps on bedside tables from Brissi. The chair and picture are from Attic

family bathroom in a south london victorian house

Etched glass in the lower window sashes is a pretty feature in the family bathroom. The chair is inlaid with mother of pearl, and came from a vintage shop in Buckinghamshire

cast iron master bed in a Victorian South London house

The iron bedstead in the master bedroom is Victorian, the rug and cushions are from Designers Guild, and the lamps are from John Lewis; a space mural in Sam’s room stands out against walls painted in Sky by Designers Guild; an Aspace desk-bunk, bespoke chair and walls in Cyclamen by Designers Guild create the perfect space for Georgie

conservatory on a south london victorian house

At the back of the house, adjoining the covered terrace, is a Victorian conservatory, still with its original floor tiles, and thriving fig and grape vines. Joanna likes to invite friends in here to enjoy afternoon tea and cake

veranda outside south london Victorian house

Under the veranda is the perfect place to sit and enjoy the garden. For similar vintage wrought-iron furniture, try English Salvage

words – Janette Marshall