Soutar House

Charlton Brown Architecture and Interiors

Located in the Hampstead Garden Suburb in North London, Soutar House sees the complete refurbishment and extension of an early 1900s, 4-storey property, into a forever home for a busy family of 5.

The client was looking for timeless, elegant interiors, which blended contemporary styles with more classic details - a nod to the home’s history, and the traditional architecture of the Hampstead Garden Suburb. Taking influence from architect John Soane, the practice found a simple and refined approach to detailing to be the perfect match for the otherwise light, airy interiors. The home’s centrepiece is an elliptical entryway, which has inspired the curving shapes seen throughout the home, including in the custom lighting and thoughtfully curated furniture pieces. A majority of these have been designed by Charlton Brown, to enhance the home’s unique identity. Soft hues fill the interior, letting hand-painted silk wallpapers and Soanian-style panelling shine. Materials are luxurious yet practical, with fabrics, finishes and soft furnishings selected for their beautiful textures, and for being durable and low-maintenance to suit busy family life. As keen hosts, it was also important to the clients to have space to entertain. As such, a spacious, state-of-the-art kitchen sits at the home’s social core, with space to cook, eat and gather. In addition, a games room in the newly-added basement has been designed as a hang-out for everyone. Here darker tones and warm lighting create a cosy, welcoming atmosphere in the curved space, which echoes the shape of the grand entryway above.