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The Residences: Turning A Victorian Home Into a Sanctuary Within the City

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Renovating a home can be a daunting endeavour, but the end result is almost always satisfying. For TV producer turned interior content creator Victoria Summer (@summerhousestyle), it proved to be a fruitful 2 and a half year journey.

“We bought our Victorian terraced home in December 2019 and have renovated the entire house. The process was long and challenging, but I’ve loved creating the space that I wanted for my family,” Victoria shares.

Located in West London, Victoria’s home and kitchen evokes a serene and sophisticated atmosphere. Bathed in an abundance of natural light from the trio of skylights and Crittall doors that open to a tranquil city garden, the space is a sanctuary perfect for escaping the buzz of city life and spending quality time together.

“The kitchen was the final area of the house to be renovated, and we extended it into the garden and the side passage and stole some space from the reception room to make it into a utility room,” explains Victoria.

Victoria chose a neutral palette for this room with painted cabinets in Drop Cloth and the kitchen island in Mouse’s Back to get a modern country look, the subtle transition of the tawny taupe hues giving dimension to the open plan layout. 

“The kitchen is shaker cabinetry with tongue and groove end panels in 2 lovely neutral paints by Farrow & Ball. The kitchen features quite bold black aluminium windows and doors, and even though they were chosen as they were the only ones available in my timescale, I have come to love them and feel they are a good contrast to the neutral space,” Victoria shares.

As the kitchen is her favourite room in the house and where their family spends the most time, Victoria made sure to create a relaxing but effortlessly elegant space with lasting appeal. The mix of taupe cabinetry, rattan, and oak pieces paired beautifully with gold accents and bright, crisp whites.

“My overall style is neutral but with layers of textures and patterns to add interest. My open shelving gives me opportunities to style the kitchen seasonally and the iridescent zellige tiles are my favourite feature,” the homeowner shares.

Victoria chose to dress her custom cabinets with hardware from Armac Martin. Drawers were accented with the Aberdovey Shell Cup Pull and the cabinets with the Cotswold Mushroom Knob, both in a burnished brass finish.

“The Cotswold knobs are timeless, and their burnished brass finish is beautiful,” Victoria comments. “The patina and quality are exceptional, and I’m so pleased I chose the Aberdovey shell cup pulls for the kitchen – they bring joy daily and help elevate the feel of the kitchen away from the plain shaker style.”

Her long, open shelf features vibrant greenery and thoughtfully placed tableware that also function as decorative pieces. It is held up by the Handsworth Shelf Bracket from Armac Martin.

“The brackets are an important feature of holding the long shelf which I style seasonally with glasses, vases, prints, and flowers,” Victoria notes. “The shelf is very simple, so I feel the brackets inject an element of elegance and have the same beautiful finish as the knobs and pulls.

Victoria emulates an organic approach to styling her kitchen, incorporating its contents – from the measuring cups to the utensils to become part of the decor. In the adjacent utility room, she chose to display her most reached for utility items with the Cotswold Pot Rail and S Hooks from Armac Martin. 

The appliances are also cleverly hidden away – the oven and microwave are located behind the island, while the fridge and freezer are integrated into a cupboard. The dishwasher is concealed in a drawer, and the coffee machine is housed in its own cabinet. It’s a true testament to form and function, as each piece serves a purpose, not only for kitchen use but for elevating the kitchen’s timeless aesthetic.

Victoria’s kitchen, with its refined palette and quiet luxury, proves the versatility of neutral hues. For more inspiration, check out The Neutral Kitchen Aesthetic, An Edwardian Remodel, and The Art of Modern Elegance with Julie Kantrowitz Sign up for our newsletter to get the latest from Gregory Croxford Living.