A 19th Century Victorian Terrace in London Has the Most Stunning Kitchen and Dining Room

published Aug 19, 2022
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A 19th Century Victorian Terrace in London Has the Most Stunning Kitchen and Dining Room

published Aug 19, 2022
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Name: Deniz, her husband Konstantin, son Alexis, and Chilli (our golden doodle)
Location: Queens Park — London, UK
Size: 2,000 square feet
Type of Home: Victorian terrace built in the late 19th century
Years lived in: 5 years, owned

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Deniz and her husband Konstantin bought their 19th century-era Victorian terrace in 2017 and lived in the house for almost two years before they started renovating. “This time allowed for us to get a really good feel of the space before doing some changes,” Deniz writes. “The biggest change was the rear extension to mimic Victorian conservatories, which is now utilized as our dining room. We spend a lot of time as a family in this space. Our living room is the first space you see as you enter through the door, and it’s split into two sides by geometric internal curtains. One side is the formal sitting room with a fireplace and a bar where we entertain, and the other is the lounge area with a big sofa overlooking our television. I also have my bureau on that side. It is tiny, but it is all I need because I love working tucked in a corner.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: I’m the founder and principal interior designer at Studio Kaya. My aim is to always achieve harmony and balance. This requires a certain level of restraint. While I don’t have a particular name for my personal style, I try to carefully mix materials, colors, furniture, and art to create a well-groomed scheme.

Inspiration: I’m inspired by houses like La Jonchet of Givenchy, Bedford House of Stephen Sills, and Copper House by Studio Mumbai.

Proudest DIY: We installed the cane sheets of the kitchen cabinets after the workers bailed on us. It took ages but it’s still looking pretty good.

Favorite Element: The view into the garden from the hallway through the circular opening of the kitchen door.

Biggest Challenge: The desire to always move things around and redecorate.

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? I always go back to buying Feu de Bois candle from Diptique, which smells of — and directly translates to — wood fire. It’s so pleasant, warm, and welcoming.

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space
maximizing and/or organizing tips you have:
Utilize the ceiling heights. If you’re buying cabinets or wardrobes, get the tallest ones you can. Same goes for installing shelves.

Does your home reflect your home country/city in any way? After leaving my home country Turkey when I was 14, I lived in Switzerland for four years. Even though I wouldn’t call it home, I do have a special connection to its rocky landscapes and the greenery. Perhaps the dark and moody greens have been subconsciously inspired by those mountains.

What are your favorite places to shop for home décor that can only be found in your country? For English antiques, Decorative Collective is a great resource of antique and vintage sellers throughout the U.K.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Don’t buy everything in one go. Take your time, trust your gut when purchasing something and let your home grow with you.



  • Living Room — Farrow & Ball’s “Castle Grey”
  • Nursery — Farrow & Ball’s “De Nimes”
  • Kitchen and Dining — Farrow & Ball’s “Shades White”
  • Main Bedroom— Valspar’s “Norway Spruce”


  • Rug — West Elm
  • Sofa — Loaf
  • Wiggly Lamp — Oscar Piccolo


  • Dining Table — Maisons du Monde


  • Wall Lights — Pooky
  • Checkered Marble Floor Tiles — Mandarin Stone


  • Wall Mirror — Zara Home


  • Lights — Pooky
  • Mirror — Retrouvius
  • Floor Tiles — Popham Design


  • Ceiling Wallpaper — Sister Parish
  • Curtain Fabric — Ian Mankin

Thanks, Deniz!!

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