Office Visit: Found Associates in London
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This Notting Hill townhouse remodel by London-based Found Associates ( Remodelista Directory members ) involved stripping the house's interior back to a mere shell and lowering the basement floor (at one point, the architects say, one could stand in the mud at the bottom of the house and look straight up to the roof). The owner of the house happens to be Jamie Theakston, a UK media personality described by the London Times as an "aspiring interiorista"; working closely with Found, Theakston created warm, personality-filled interiors outfitted mostly with midcentury finds from eBay. To see more, go to Found Associates. Above: The exterior of the classic five-story London terraced house retains its traditional charm. Above: A Venini chandelier adds a romantic note in the stairwell. Above: A series of Vladimir Tretchikoff-style 1970s portraits complement the Danish modern furniture. Above: The floor in the basement was lowered in order to accommodate the kitchen; the rough-hewn wood cabinetry contrasts with the polished stainless steel island unit from Boffi and the concrete floors. Above: Subway tiles emphasize the hearth-like aspect of the Aga. Above: Commemorative royal plates purchased on eBay add a quirky decorative touch. Above: Walls are painted pale gray wall to complement the rustic wood surfaces. Above: Black shutters diffuse light and accent an otherwise neutral palette in the bedroom. Above: The classic tiled bath was inspired by men's club bathrooms. Above: In a children's room, the fireplace surround is painted the same shade as the walls, creating a seamless backdrop. Above: Photography by Found Associates and Paul Massy for Living Etc .