This London Home Went from Gray and Subdued to Eclectic and Colorful

published Jul 12, 2023
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This London Home Went from Gray and Subdued to Eclectic and Colorful

published Jul 12, 2023
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After living in and renovating their last home, Janine Genower and her creative director and artist husband, Thomas, were looking for a home that didn’t require much work. Instead, they dreamed of finding a space they could move into, drop their bags, and easily yet slowly decorate. 

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Good luck was in the cards for Genower’s family, which includes two daughters (and a cat named Hobbes), because they found their new home within a week of selling their previous space. It’s a four-bedroom, 1920s, terraced house in the Furzedown neighborhood of London, which they call the House of Edencourt.

“Every room in this house needs love and decorating,” Genower, who works as a freelance art director and designer, writes. “It was very grey and beige throughout (not our style!).”

The family is about halfway through the renovation (up next on the list are their kids’ bedrooms and the kitchen), and it’s hard to imagine that the space was once subdued. 

“The colors you love are generally the colors you use/wear in everyday life,” Genower shares. “We both wear a lot of colors, especially yellow, orange, and green, so this is what we naturally gravitate to when deciding on colors for the room.”

Whether it’s the bright wall colors, art pieces, or lively furniture, we agree with Genower, who recently started offering color and styling advice to interior clients, when she describes the home as a “colorfully eclectic vintage home.”

Resources

PAINT & COLORS

LIVING ROOM

KITCHEN

LIVING AREA (Back of Extension)

  • Arch paint — Farrow & Ball “Arsenic”
  • Shelf paint — Little Greene “Smalt”
  • Built-in shelves paint — Little Greene, “Mister David” 
  • Shorty lockers — Mustard Made
  • Artwork — Limited edition David Shrigley ‘Time’

BEDROOM

HALLWAY SHOE STORAGE

  • Paint — Farrow & Ball “Dutch Orange,” “Arsenic,” “Nancy’s Blushes,” and Little Greene, “Smalt”

SPARE BEDROOM

  • Wardrobes made to measure
  • Paint — Farrow & Ball “Dutch Orange,” Dulux “Deep Ultramarine”
  • Fun Guy wallpaper in Burnt Orange and Deep Pink — Lust Home
  • Vintage bureau — Vinterior
  • Bench— vintage
  • Futon — Futon Company

Thanks, Janine!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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