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A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh

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A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh

September 5, 2016

“By the time I arrived on the scene, the home had been fully renovated and reconfigured, and while it had been finished to a very high standard, it was somehow stillborn,” Charles Mellersh tells us of his latest townhouse rescue in Notting Hill. An architect/interior designer (and member of the founding editorial team at Wallpaper) who typically oversees projects from conception to completion, Mellersh treated this one as a relay: The overhaul (which involved opening up the main floor of the three-story brick Victorian and moving the stair) is the work of London architects Michaelis Boyd

Owners Sukeena Rao, a well-known fashion stylist, and her financier husband had been living in their new quarters while it was just a beautiful shell. Rao had big ideas, but with the arrival of their son (now nearly four), she needed help filling in the pieces: “This was not easy, but when I met Charles, the stars aligned.”

Photography by Chris Tubbs, courtesy of Charles Mellersh.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Charles Mellerersh Notting Hill town house interior design | Remodelista

Above: “As soon as you walk into the house, you are struck by the beautiful scent of the Dinesen Douglas fir flooring,” says Mellersh. (Read about the Danish company in our post World’s Most Beautiful Wood Floors.)

The brass-edged mirror is 1950s Italian and one of many pieces from The Apartment in Copenhagen. The Umbrella Stand is a Josef Frank classic from Stockholm’s Svenskt Tenn, Rao’s other favorite source introduced to her by Charles.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh High style vintage and contemporary in a Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: On the ground floor, Mellersh designed “a modern take on the traditional parlor,” fitted it with a black marble mantel by Chesneys.

Of the mix of vintage and contemporary pieces, he explained: “My approach was to add a much-needed layer of warmth and to soften the architectural frame by way of the furnishings we chose. We selected pieces full of heart and soul.” These include a pair of 1930s French armchairs newly upholstered in dusty pink velvet, a brass-framed mirror from Fiona McDonald, and Michael Anastassiades‘ minimalist-luxe brass lighting used throughout.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Michael Anastassiades hanging lights in a Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: Quiet luxuries: A Marble Bookcase by Muller Van Severen from The Apartment holds an Ilse Crawford for Georg Jensen brass bowl. The Ball Light is one of Anastassiades’s signature pieces.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Dusty pink velvet upholstered vintage armchairs in a Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: A Franco Albini Rattan Ottoman rests on a vintage Berber rug.

The walls and built-ins are painted French Grey by Little Greene: “Most color choices were pre-decided by the time I arrived,” says Mellersh. “They lend a quiet calm and happen to be very flattering to the occupants’ skin tones.”

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: A dramatic painting on foil by Peter Bonde was selected on a sourcing trip to Copenhagen as the centerpiece of the room. The sofa is the Jules from George Smith.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Custom bookcase (that conceals technology wires) in a Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: The room opens onto a study with a Mellersh-designed bookcase that “houses all the technology, cables, and charging points neatly concealed from view.”

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Tulip tables in a Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: Rao often uses the Saarinen Tulip table for work meetings. The green-shaded light is a re-edition of the 1967 marble and metal Snoopy Lamp by Flos.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Plain English kitchen in a Notting Hill town house by interior designer Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: Relocating the formerly central stair allowed for an expanded kitchen/family room (452 square feet total) on the lower level. The cabinetry is Plain English’s Spitalfields design (stay tuned for more on the UK kitchen company tomorrow). The contrasting ash and walnut table and bench are the Dining Table Two by Another Country. The green Windsor chairs are from Howe: See more in 10 Easy Pieces: The Windsor Chair Revisited.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Howe Flip Chair in a remodeled Notting Hill townhouse with interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: One end of the kitchen overlooks a courtyard, and the Flip Garden Chair, shown here, is made for indoor-outdoor use: It can be turned over after a shower, and Mellersh says “looks great with a weathered patina.” The black-and-white prints are by Hugo Guinness from John Derian.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Villem Hammershoi inspired stairwell in a remodeled Notting Hill townhouse with interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: The bleached Douglas fir flooring from Dinesen continues on the stairs. The gray walls and tall sash window, Mellersh notes, are “reminiscent of a scene from a Vilhelm Hammershoi painting.”

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Dinensen Douglas fir stair in a remodeled Notting Hill townhouse with interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: With its lamb’s-wool-upholstered chair and vintage Berber, the sitting area under the stairs (opposite the entry) is a favorite play space for the couple’s son.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Marthe Armitage Hop Garden wallpaper in the master bedroom of a remodeled Notting Hill townhouse with interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: “The master bedroom is where we broke away from the subdued hues,” says Mellersh of the Marthe Armitage Hop Garden wallpaper in a “dusty pinkish red that lends a somewhat vintage backdrop to the furnishings.”

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Pink velvet upholstered chairs in the master bedroom of a remodeled Notting Hill townhouse with interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: A vintage cocktail chair in rose velvet from Emery et Cie. The Walnut Stool is a reissued Josef Frank 1950s design from Svenskt Tenn.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Marthe Armitage Hop Garden wallpaper and a wood valet in the master bedroom of a remodeled historic Notting Hill townhouse, interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: Both beautiful and practical: a Coat Hanger Bellhop with mirror by Michael Anastassiades. For another modern valet, go to Bedroom Secret.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Subway tiled bath in a remodeled historic Notting Hill townhouse, interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: A Josef Frank brass Hortus Planter stands on a vintage Saarinen table outside the master bath. The towel basket is a Piet Hein Eek design made in Vietnam from scrap wood.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Victorian style freestanding porcelain bathtub and subway tile in a remodeled historic Notting Hill townhouse, interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: The grand freestanding tub and wall-mounted taps are from Lefroy Brooks.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Child's room painted gray in a remodeled historic Notting Hill townhouse, interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: One of our favorites in the house, the son’s room features a pine Louis bed (from now-closed children’s store Serendipity in Paris; see more options here) and a Gotland sheepskin from Skandium. Note the book alcove with built-in storage.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Child's open closet painted gray a remodeled historic Notting Hill townhouse, interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: The walls are painted Mid Lead Colour from Little Greene.

A Notting Hill Townhouse Tailored for Living by Charles Mellersh Steel framed glass doors open to a courtyard in a remodeled historic Notting Hill townhouse, interior design by Charles Mellersh | Remodelista

Above: Steel-framed glass windows open to a brick courtyard. Says Mellersh, “The house felt like a very grown up space for a young family, so we were especially careful to make way for the realities of family life.”

In Designer Visit, explore another Mellersh design in Notting Hill, Trade Secrets included.

Also see Mellersh’s own home in An Optimist in Notting Hill. And go to Charles Mellersh Design Studio to see more.

Product summary  

Achille & Pier Giacomo Castiglioni

Flos Snoopy Lamp

kr7,900.00 DKK from The Apartment

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