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.
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.
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
Family meals are often eaten at the kitchen counter on 1950s science lab stools. Ikea sells similar units
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 Sofa.com, the candelabrum is made from 1950s Murano glass and Marie Therese drops, and the chandelier is late Victorian
The dining table is bespoke and was hand made by Heal’s
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
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
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
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
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
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