A Victorian house renovation in London with a modern botanical interior

Modern interior decorated with plants

With Peckham increasingly becoming one of the coolest London hangouts, I was all the more intrigued by this Victorian house renovation on JJ Media‘s locations site. The owners are stylist, artist and art director Liza Giles and architect Matt Giles of Giles & Pike Architects. Their stunning light-filled home has beautiful high ceilings and period cornicing, made fresh and modern with a green and white colour scheme which runs through the entire house.

The overflowing botanicals pictured prove you can never have too much greenery. Draping plants have been hung from the ceiling and placed in old wooden crates, almost creating a living wall effect. Industrial style shelving raised off the ground also shows off more floor space, making the room feel all the more spacious.

Victorian house renovation in Peckham

The double fronted Victorian House is in the heart of Peckham, South London’s trendy hotspot. Huge windows bring maximum daylight and views of the large garden into the home.

Victorian London home with white walls and parquet floors

Each room exemplifies how it really is possible to mix styles from different eras. The mid-century vintage furniture is paired with a 1960s Murano Paolo Venini chandelier (here is a similar one on 1st Dibs) and a Louis XVI sofa is upholstered in a striking blue fabric.

White dinning room with blue and green accents

The use of plants and green accents throughout the house creates a beautiful fresh feel, personalised with works of art both old and new.

Modern living room interior with green accents

In the living room, cascading plants creates a connection with the ornate ceiling rose and the greenery outside.

Victorian South London home with modern interior

In the kitchen pictured below, the chandelier above the marble kitchen island complements the high proportions of the room, along with more of the lovely original cornicing. These are contrasted with angular elements such as the streamlined kitchen units, with a mix of green, blue and neutral tones tying everything together.

Marble kitchen island with chandelier pendant light in a Victorian house renovation

This green painted shelving unit provides a great place to display vintage plates, serveware, cook books and vases full of green foliage.

Green painted shelving in the kitchen

In the bedroom below, flooring, lighting and furniture have angular and geometric elements, contrasting with the ornate cornicing odf the ceiling, whilst a Moroccan Beni Ourain rug adds warmth and texture. A ‘headboard’ has also been fashioned from a strip of linen fabric.

Bedroom painted white with yellow accents in a Victorian house renovation

A baroque style mirror is juxtaposed with a retro chair and modern abstract artwork by Liza. A monochrome palette with subtle hints of yellow draws everything together.

Abstract art in the bedroom

This sloping ceiling and hanging pendant lends to an indulgent yet cosy bathing area. The space is adorned with vintage trinkets such as glass stem vases and frames.

Vintage decor in the bathroom

White walls may still be very much in vogue, but if you feel like doing something more daring, the bathroom is a great place to experiment with colour. The bold use of pear green works perfectly in this luxury shower room.

Chartreuse yellow in the bathroom

Plant cutting in the bathroom

Upstairs in the loft area is a more bohemian space, an artist’s studio and bedroom decorated with old pictures, artworks and vintage kantha throws. Try Rebecca’s Aix Home for similar.

Collection of pictures in the bedroom

Low hanging pendant lights are a key feature of the house, drawing attention to the tall proportions of the property. Ceiling or wall hung bedside lamps are a great way to free up more space on the bedside table. Below is the Beat pendant light by Tom Dixon, available at Heal’s. For a similar mid-century Bertoia chair try Vinterior*.

Hanging beside lamp in renovated Victorian house bedroom

Geometric tiles were chosen for the corridor, leading the eye outside and continuing the green and white theme.

Modern tiles in hallway of Victorian house renovation in London

Greenery may be the Pantone colour of the year but (avocado bathrooms aside), does it never really goes out of fashion? This Victorian house renovation shows how green is one of the best ways to bring nature into the home, even in the heart of London. I hope you’re as inspired as I am!

Photos courtesy of JJ Media

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Author: Antonia Edwards

Antonia is the founding editor of Upcyclist. Based in the UK, she is the author of two books: 'Upcyclist: Reclaimed and Remade Furniture, Lighting and Interiors' (Prestel 2015) and 'Renovate Innovate: Reclaimed and Upcycled Homes' (Prestel 2017).