ISSUE 26  |  London Family Life

Trade Secrets: Notting Hill House by Charles Mellersh

June 28, 2011 10:30 AM

BY Julie Carlson

In yesterday's Designer Visit—featuring a stealth chic Notting Hill dwelling—Charles Mellersh paid particular attention to the fixtures, finishings, and fittings. As he says, "We wanted the interiors to feel modern, but with soul and warmth. Materials and textures play a large part in the design process; for instance, in the kitchen we used honed rather than polished marble for a warmer feel, and brass trimmings for the same reason. The wooden paneling provided architectural interest to the basement level accommodation and helped to instill a certain coziness." Below are some ideas for creating a similar modern-with-a-modicum-of-warmth vibe:


Above: The brass Deck-Mounted Faucet with Gooseneck Spout by family-owned UK company Barber Wilson is $716 at Quality Bath.

Above: Mellersh sourced brass cabinet knobs and bin pulls from Beardmore in the UK. For a similar look, consider the Classic Brass Knob ($5.60 for the .75-inch size) from Whitechapel Ltd. and the UK-made Half-Bin Pull in brass ($21.83) from Whitechapel Ltd.

Above: A trio of brass Alvar Aalto Golden Bell Pendants from Artek illuminates the dining area; $290 each at Y Lighting.


Above: Mellersh commissioned custom light fixtures for the Notting Hall project.

Above: In the US, Schoolhouse Electric offers a similar-looking Defiance Fixture (available in a range of finishes, including black or white porcelain) for $89.

Above: Porcelain Wall Lamp from the Veneto; available from Manufactum for €86.

Above: The Jielde Signal Desk Lamp is $440 at Horne.

Above: The classic British Anglepoise Type 75 Desk Lamp is $150 at All Modern.


Above L to R: Mellersh used three shades of Farrow & Ball white in the project: James White, Pointing, and Wimborne White, as well as two additional shades he had custom mixed at Papers & Paints in London.

Above L: Mellersh used a refined board-and-batten wood paneling in the morning room. Above R: Tiles from Fired Earth are laid in a brick bond pattern with dark gray grout.

Above L: Mellersh painted the bathroom trim in Pitch Black by Farrow & Ball. Above R: The custom shelves in the study are painted in Charleston Gray by Farrow & Ball.


Above: In the bedroom, Mellersh sourced a Nelson Ball Lamp, designed in 1947 by George Nelson and featuring a steel frame with polymer coating and a brushed nickel canopy; prices start at $269 for the small size at Y Lighting.