After deciding to sell a home in Camberwell and let another in Canterbury, Dan and Chris made the decision to settle in a graceful apartment in an elegant Victorian house. A little over three years later, and after an extensive remodelling of space they have succeeded in creating a beautiful home where style triumphs effortlessly over fashion. 

The original master bedroom is now the kitchen/breakfast room. The simple pine table has been elegantly upgraded by giving it a glass top and surrounding it with chic white Ikea chairs

The original master bedroom is now the kitchen/breakfast room. The simple pine table has been elegantly upgraded by giving it a glass top and surrounding it with chic white Ikea chairs

Beside the fireplace lazes a warm wood and white armchair which Dan restored himself and above it a collection of favourite gilt mirrors and antique coffee grinders

Beside the fireplace lazes a warm wood and white armchair which Dan restored himself and above it a collection of favourite gilt mirrors and antique coffee grinders

The 1840s Victorian circular table is attended by Regency chairs Dan had reupholstered in black damask. On the wall is a set of reindeer antlers

The 1840s Victorian circular table is attended by Regency chairs Dan had reupholstered in black damask. On the wall is a set of reindeer antlers

above the chimneypiece a case of butterflies and a stuffed owl. “Chris calls this my dead and dusty room,” observes Dan

Above the chimneypiece a case of butterflies and a stuffed owl. “Chris calls this my dead and dusty room,” observes Dan

This is a house in which no two rooms are remotely the same. Styles range from contemporary cool through Victorian, Arts and Crafts and Empire and yet Dan has handled each with deft confidence

This is a house in which no two rooms are remotely the same. Styles range from contemporary cool through Victorian, Arts and Crafts and Empire and yet Dan has handled each with deft confidence

In the hallway is perhaps Dan’s pièce de résistance, a superb Gothic stained glass window through which one has a superb view of the monumental window on the main staircase below

In the hallway is perhaps Dan’s pièce de résistance, a superb Gothic stained glass window through which one has a superb view of the monumental window on the main staircase below

The TV room has a light mid-century touch. A comfortable purple sofa and red rug, curtains and a wonderful side lamp Chris has made from an antique fire extinguisher complete the period picture

The TV room has a light mid-century touch. A comfortable purple sofa and red rug, curtains and a wonderful side lamp Chris has made from an antique fire extinguisher complete the period picture

This potential lay not in the options for knocking down walls and remodelling rooms but in the sheer variety and flexibility of both the rooms as they stood and the layout of the flat as a whole

This potential lay not in the options for knocking down walls and remodelling rooms but in the sheer variety and flexibility of both the rooms as they stood and the layout of the flat as a whole

A lovely original staircase hung with a bespoke string of paper lanterns leads to the top floor, part of which was probably the original family’s children’s bedrooms and perhaps the nursery

A lovely original staircase hung with a bespoke string of paper lanterns leads to the top floor, part of which was probably the original family’s children’s bedrooms and perhaps the nursery

Two huge grey velvet Habitat sofas recline on black cow hides facing each other across a long glass table. In the widow hang matching grey velvet curtains and the whole scheme is perfectly set off by the original deep red tiled fireplace

Two huge grey velvet Habitat sofas recline on black cow hides facing each other across a long glass table. In the widow hang matching grey velvet curtains and the whole scheme is perfectly set off by the original deep red tiled fireplace

The master bedroom became their drawing room

The master bedroom became their drawing room

The fireplace in the drawing room

The fireplace in the drawing room

A guest room which is occasionally offered to B&B guests has been decorated in French Empire style

A guest room which is occasionally offered to B&B guests has been decorated in French Empire style

Above the bed is a panel of pretty pale blue wallpaper and a patinated antique French mirror and, standing by, is a pair of mother-of-pearl inlaid chairs reupholstered in blue. Dan has painted the floor in black gloss

Above the bed is a panel of pretty pale blue wallpaper and a patinated antique French mirror and, standing by, is a pair of mother-of-pearl inlaid chairs reupholstered in blue. Dan has painted the floor in black gloss

The couple’s own bedroom is all greys, pale blues and turquoise warmed by glowing polished oak floorboards

The couple’s own bedroom is all greys, pale blues and turquoise warmed by glowing polished oak floorboards

The mantlepiece in the couple's bedroom

The mantlepiece in the couple's bedroom

A Paul James cow painting (called Camilla) hangs above the chimneypiece

A Paul James cow painting (called Camilla) hangs above the chimneypiece

The beamed bedroom in the B&B suite had been at some point remodelled in Arts and Crafts style and Dan has run with this adding a further dimension with touches that again underline his creativity and talent as a designer

The beamed bedroom in the B& B suite had been at some point remodelled in Arts and Crafts style and Dan has run with this adding a further dimension with touches that again underline his creativity and talent as a designer

In the beamed bedroom that the couple now use for B&B guests Dan has converted a beautiful Victorian jam pan into a basin, its base an old science lab table. “It seemed sacrilege to cut a hole in that wonderful pan,” he said, “but it gave it a whole new purpose and lease of life and I think it works,” says Dan

In the beamed bedroom that the couple now use for B&B guests Dan has converted a beautiful Victorian jam pan into a basin, its base an old science lab table. “It seemed sacrilege to cut a hole in that wonderful pan,” he said, “but it gave it a whole new purpose and lease of life and I think it works,” says Dan

Next to the B&B guest room is a lovely bathroom in Victorian style complete with roll-top bath, twin basins and high cistern loo

Next to the B&B guest room is a lovely bathroom in Victorian style complete with roll-top bath, twin basins and high cistern loo

The roll top bath in the Victorian style bathroom

The roll top bath in the Victorian style bathroom

The downstairs wet room with panel of Venetian glass tiles

The downstairs wet room complete with panel of Venetian glass tiles

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Lucy Fleming

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