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Kitchen island with pendant lights designed by London interior designer Catherine Wilman

Interior Designer 
St John's Wood family home renovation, NW8

Our renovation of a Grade II listed late-Georgian home in St John’s Wood, London, required restoring and reinstating architectural details including the beautiful, curved gallery staircase and the original window shutters while adding a contemporary twist with new joinery & modern furnishings.


The brief was to create a bright family home with open-plan living, a large functional kitchen and an entertaining space. We experimented with several General Arrangement layouts for each floor. Showing the client multiple orientations of where the kitchen would be situated really helped to govern how the space would be used day-to-day while providing a functional space for relaxing and entertaining.

We then developed the agreed GA design, confirmed the structural works, submitted a Listed Building application, and created a scope of building works and detailed specifications of finishes.

Kitchen island and bar stools

A key challenge was working with Listed Building Control to retain the integrity of the property while providing a new layout for modern family living. We had to keep the existing footprint of individual rooms but were able to create new openings to allow a better flow through the house, with dual light aspects in the main living areas.


With the help of plaster specialists, we selected coving for each room to ensure they were the correct period for the property and reproduced the original features for the architraves and skirting boards.


For us, the project’s success came down to the relationship with the client and ensuring they had a beautiful, yet functional family home.

Curved bay windows with breakfast table and chairs
Side table and sofa with wall panelling in living room
Bookcase joinery design by St John's Wood interior designer Catherine Wilman
Bi-folding internal doors leading to dining room
Dining table and chairs with pendant lights
Table set for dinner in dining room
Marble black and white floor and console table in hallway
Mirror and consolde table designed by Catherine Wilman Interiors
Dressing room with island and white wardrobes
Wardrobes and seat in dressing room
Double vanity unit designed by Catherine Wilman Interiors
White tiled shower with dark bronze sanitary ware
Baby's room toys and wallpaer with jungle theme
Baby's room with window blind and dark blue painted wardrobe
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