The Uncluttered Life in London
Daniel Lee, founder of a London-based software development house, works in the digital world but is an architectural enthusiast and designer on the side. For a late-19th century, 3,000-square-foot terraced house in Fulham that he and his photographer wife and their two small children lived in until recently (they’ve since moved on to the next project), he designed and oversaw the renovation himself. “I worked with an architect to get the necessary permits from the city,” Lee says. “Once those were in place, I worked directly with the builder, designing the internal layout and specifying the materials and fixtures, both internal and external.” The result? A clean-lined family house with a warm, calm, and uncluttered Scandi aesthetic.
Photography by Rory Gardiner.
Above: On the ground floor, the living, dining, and kitchen area opens directly onto the garden. The oak flooring is from Danish company Dinesen. The light is from Santa & Cole.
Above: Vintage wood stools and an Oval Eero Saarinen Tulip Table create an elegant, informal dining area. Lee added texture and relief to the walls with strips of MDF (medium-density fiberboard). The walls are painted Flake White from Fired Earth.
Above: A row of Gubi Semi Pendants, a 1968 design by Claus Bonderup and Torsten Thorup, hang over the island and draw the eye to the garden.
Above: The kitchen cabinets are faced with Dinesen wood and outlined with vertical blackened steel frames.
Above: An unobtrusive flat-screen television fits in with the overall color scheme.
Above: Favorite kitchen implements are on display above the limestone counter.
Above: “The design was focused around the Dinesen flooring, so we chose simple, off-white walls and used the wood for the backsplash wall and the cabinets, not just on the floor,” Lee says.
Above: A daybed from Designer’s Guild and a side table fashioned from a log create a quiet reading corner.
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