The five-storey Powerscroft Road townhouse is situated in the neighbourhood of Clapton and had previously been host to several “unloved” living spaces. A majority of the rooms were plastered in dated 1970s wallpaper and had worn, deep-pile carpet across the floor. Now you can see whitewashed walls, Douglas fir joinery and creamy furnishings appear inside this east London home, which design studio Daytrip has renovated and expanded by excavating its basement.
The owners of the house approached Daytrip to carry out a complete overhaul, and the designers wanted to create a calm and serene home, away from the hustle of inner city, but also to have the quality and craftsmanship.
To begin, the studio further excavated the existing basement to create an expansive, light-filled kitchen. The space is now fronted by full-height glass panels that offer views of a newly landscaped garden. A muted and pale palette of off-whites are paired with honest materials which promote their inherent patterns and textures without feeling ‘over-designed’ or mass-produced. At the rear of the kitchen lies a dining area, which boasts a veiny stone table and tubular steel-frame rattan chairs. There is also a cozy sitting room with low-lying cream sofas and a wood burner.
In the upper levels of the home, the studio set out to revive original details such as the ornate ceiling cornicing and wooden floorboards. Some of the openings between rooms have been widened or fitted with crittall doors. Three skylights punctuate the roof of the home to let more sunlight into the attic. Furnishings used to style the home – including those in the basement – were picked out by Modern Art Hire, which worked to accrue an array of antique, mid-century and modern pieces.