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LivingEtc House Tours

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I made a little trip to London this week to get involved with the Living Etc House Tours. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it as i’ve been unwell for a while…. but I managed to get my butt down south and i’m glad I did. There were several amazing properties on the West London leg of the tour. I’m going to include just two in this post. Both completely different. Both stunning in creativity and execution. I’m not sure if i’ve ever been in any multi-million pound properties before… I have now.

The Hogarth Hidden House – Kensington

As seen on Grand Designs a few years ago, Ian Hogarth both designed and built an outstanding home in a small space located in Kensington. Hidden behind a rabbit hole style entrance, Hogarths’ house is concealed mostly underground. The 250sqm mews house features a nightclub dance floor, a fish pond, a waterfall and a wellness suite. There are several Eco features, including an air-source heat pump, solar panels and water recycling. The build took a year, costing Ian and Claire £850,000.

“Sandwiched between a row of 4-storey Kensington townhouses and the West London railway line, the site was once part of a generous back garden. It was bought with existing planning permission for a small (600 sq ft) Victorian mews house. Hogarth Architects revised and negotiated a 400 per cent increase in this consent.” – Hogarth Architects

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“By installing full width windows on the railway facade the drama of the passing trains has been celebrated and a stong visual relationship has been created.” – Hogarth Architects                

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“A sleek and minimal kitchen-dining room at ground floor level features a 16ft gold Chesterfield sofa and a kitchen island that slides to reveal a stainless steel counter with integrated hob and breakfast bar. The large sliding glass doors open onto the garden which features vividly painted walls (inspired by Luis Barragan) and a cantilevered concrete table over the timber deck.” – Hogarth Architects                                                                          

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hogarth hidden house

Photo Lucy Young

hogarth hidden house

“Stairs to the right of the entrance lead down to the basement with a large entertaining space comprising an LED dance floor complete with DJ booth and a large sunken movie area. A glazed courtyard pond separates the master bedroom suite from the entertainment area. There is also a wellness suite with a colour-changing sauna and spa bath. Despite being deep underground, the basement manages to remain light and airy. Light reflective paint is used on wall and ceiling surfaces.” – Hogarth Architects

hogarth hidden house

hogarth hidden house

hogarth hidden house

“Inside Hidden House it is both minimalist and quite the opposite; pared-back simple design meets ostentatious colour-changing lighting inspired by the Blackpool illuminations. Throughout the house visitors are presented with a series of unexpected vistas and sensations, intended to challenge and surprise.” – Hogarth Architects                                                                            

hogarth hidden house

hogarth hidden house

hogarth hidden house

hogarth hidden house

All photos Hogarth Architects unless stated

“Tilly’s colour-changing room is inspired by a cornerless room in a James Turrell exhibition.” – Hogarth Architects

As ever the photos do not do it justice. It was such an inspiring place to be in and look around. Full of minimal yet quirky, bold design features. I actually dreamt about this house last night. I was at a house party there. I am awaiting an invite to their next Grime party! Chop chop.


St. Petersburgh Place – Notting Hill Gate

Minimal, contemporary design with clean lines, glass ceilings and state of the art systems. The size of the property was awesome in its original sense. A house that seemed to go on for ever. Quite amazing.


St. Petersburgh Place

“Architecturally designed by Michela Bertolini of mb-ds, this unique house has undergone an extensive rebuild and refurbishment programme resulting in an awe-inspiring contemporary home. Set back from the street behind an elegant Victorian facade, the property is principally arranged over five floors, each of which offers predominantly lateral space.”

St. Petersburgh Place

St. Petersburgh Place

“Leading up to the first floor via an exquisitely designed staircase is the more formal reception room with a designated study area to the rear.”

St. Petersburgh Place

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St. Petersburgh Place

“On the ground floor and with a pleasant outlook overlooking the landscaped front garden is a bespoke Bulthaup kitchen with Miele appliances and designated breakfast area.” 

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“The kitchen links perfectly to a spacious and wonderfully bright dining room which in turn provides access to the rear garden. This area is further complemented by a glass wall and ceiling, one of the many contemporary design features.”

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St. Petersburgh Place

“On the second floor are two double bedrooms and a family bathroom and on the top floor is the luxurious master bedroom with Corian en-suite bathroom. From this floor, the flat roof can be accessed.”

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St. Petersburgh Place

“In addition to the gym area (with steam room) and all-important state-of-the-art home cinema, the lower-ground floor and basement offers flexible zones for entertaining, with a games room that’s perfect for kids. The spacious fourth bedroom and en-suite bathroom can also be found on this floor.”

St. Petersburgh Place

“To the rear is a sizeable courtyard garden which leads through to an attached mews with a garage and first-floor office. The entire property spans close to 4,500 sq ft, with the flexibility of offering six bedrooms.”

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All photos of St. Petersburgh Place by Nathalie Priem

I couldn’t quite get my head around just how many floors there were in this house. It was immense. Like a huge house shaped gallery space. We were greeted at the door with a brochure about the house and the information that it is currently for sale. A snip at £7 million.  Any takers?

I highly recommend the Living Etc House Tour. It was slick. Plenty of staff to ask questions. An excellent range of periods and styles of property to visit. And the money raised goes to support Crisis charity. If you love looking at interiors, design and architecture then consider getting tickets to their next event. It’s certainly given me some food for thought.

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