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Contemporary Townhouse Interiors

The five-story townhouse on Powerscroft Road is near Clapton and previously housed several “unloved” living quarters. Most of the rooms were plastered with wallpaper from the 1970s and had deep-pile carpets on the floor. Now you can see whitewashed walls, Douglas fir joinery and creamy furniture in this east London house that Daytrip design studio renovated and expanded by digging out its basement.

The home’s owners turned to Daytrip for a complete overhaul, and the designers wanted to create a quiet and serene home away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, but also quality and craftsmanship.

At the beginning, the studio further excavated the existing basement to create a spacious, light-flooded kitchen. The room is now fully enclosed by panes of glass that overlook a newly landscaped garden. A muted and pale palette of off-whites is paired with honest materials that promote their inherent patterns and textures without feeling “over-designed” or mass-produced. In the back of the kitchen is a dining area with a vein-like stone table and tubular steel-framed rattan chairs. There is also a comfortable living room with deep cream sofas and a wood burning stove.

On the upper floors of the house, the studio set about reviving original details such as the ornate ceiling cornice and wooden floorboards. Some of the openings between the rooms have been enlarged or critical doors have been added. Three skylights dot the roof of the house to let more sunlight into the attic. The furniture that was used to decorate the house – including the one in the basement – was selected by Modern Art Hire, which produced a range of antique, mid-century and modern pieces.

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