Golden retreat. Once a wine store during the reign of William of Orange, now the living room in Dunbar Wharf. Biography of a 17th century warehouse If only buildings could talk! Dunbar Wharf has a 230-year saga of enterprise, maritime supremacy, riches, tragedy, war, decay and resurrection. All this, from a humble warehouse on Limehouse […]

Beautifully Floored in Furzedown


Practical elegance that comes with striking hardwood floors   London is full of surprises. And, here, in Tooting is one of them. Seen from above, there are neatly ranked houses in pretty tree-lined streets, parks and commons. But look closer at the street names and you will find “Doctor Johnson Street”. Hello, what’s he doing […]

Putting it right


Our client was at her wits’ end. Her beautiful oak floor had been ravaged by careless builders: water stains, scratches and scuffing. We won the contract to rescue a floor that other floor fitters dare not tackle. First of all, the boards on the ground floor had to be sanded down until all the damage […]

Balham – Private House

Click images above to zoom in Technology has a lot to answer for. It has diminished the role of the Dining Room and, by doing so, has changed the dynamics of the way we live. Chris and Emily bought a terraced house in Balham and extended the ground floor rooms creating a corridor that is […]

London Fields – Kitchen


A contemporary Swedish-style kitchen was required in a Victorian terraced house in North East London, close to a park going back to Tudor times. The kitchen was designed by Sola Kitchens taking into account two large windows overlooking the park. Though the kitchen was quite small the planning and preparation had to be precise and […]

Surrey – Private House


  Home to a Danish interior designer, the floors are an outstanding feature: 15 metres long, 45 centimetres wide and 40mm thick white washed Douglas boards. The supplier was Dinesen, Denmark’s foremost flooring supplier, famous for its unique products. Dramatically beautiful as they are, the Soap & Lye finish requires a daily care and maintenance, […]

Ewell Restoration – Private House


Before After Hover or slide from left to right to see before and after! Click the images above to zoom in Once in a while we come across something intriguing. In the case of a house across the fields from Epsom Racecourse, we found some puzzles that we would like to share with our readers. […]

Fulham – Private House

Fulham’s Dramatic Transformation Fulham’s transition from an area of industry to one of London’s most sought-after residential communities was dramatic. Since the late 19thcentury, the borough was host to such names as De Havilland, Rolls Royce, Kodak and Shell-Mex; its many industries included breweries, distilleries, potteries and hundreds of small manufacturing companies. Rows of terraces […]

Putney – Private House

At rest. A harmony of colours in the drawing room To carpet or not to carpet? That is the question. In the affluent area of South West London, there is evidence that the beauty of a hardwood floor is rising. One wonders what happened to wall-to-wall carpeting? Sales of carpets fell by almost 20% across […]

SW6 – Private House

The staircase, a distinctive feature that greets you on entering the house.Settling down in Fulham Not unexpectedly, residential house prices in the London boroughs are taking a breather; sales are overall about 0.2 % down on a year ago. Three causes take the blame: Stamp Duty, tougher lending criteria and that pantomime villain, Brexit. Prime […]