Before and After: A London Victorian Transformed

Scenario: Beth Dadswell and Andrew Wilbourne, a creative couple with a young son, become their own clients when they take on the renovation of a 1,750-square-foot, semi-detached Victorian in Dulwich, South London. They come with experience: She’s a fashion editor turned interior designer and the founder of Imperfect Interiors (motto: "Because who wants to live in a soulless showroom?"); he’s a graphic designer.

The Challenge: How to reinstate the original Victorian grandeur of the house while also telegraphing a comfortable and casual vibe?

The Solution: They introduce light into the tall, dark public spaces by knocking through two strategic walls and installing new glass doors that open to the garden.

Dadswell’s Top Tip: Spend time thinking about the space before you pick up a hammer: "The work you devote at the front end of a project, researching and putting together mood boards, makes for much easier and less stressful decisions later."

Photography by Leanne Dixon.


Built in banquette seating with scattered cushions and framed pictures on the walls in dining room of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The first wall that Dadswell removed was the one dividing the dining room and kitchen, where she also opened the space to the garden with a large, bifold, glazed door. "This part of the house gets the most use and is where I think the biggest transformation occurred," she says. By building the banquette seating right up to the kitchen counters, the dining room intentionally feels like it’s part of the kitchen and garden. Adds Dadswell: "Having built-in seating means that you can fit more people around the table and hide ugly stuff in the storage underneath." She sourced the enamel pendants, cloth cord, and fittings on eBay, and made the seating pads from her mother’s old curtains. 


Black and white Ikea carpet in living room of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: Dadswell also removed the wall that separated the house’s two old-fashioned parlor rooms and introduced large French doors that lead to the garden and flood the room with light. The couple’s son, Louis, watches a television hidden in a custom cabinet. The black-and-white graphic carpet is from Ikea.


Bookshelves in alcoves on either side of fireplace in living room of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: In the living room, the alcoves flanking the restored fireplace were put to use as shelving. The curtains are Ikea’s Aina design in linen, and the the graphic woven carpet is from the Designer’s Guild.


Michael Ruhl vase on mantel of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The mantel still life includes dried hydrangea in a vase by glass artist Michael Ruh (who is selling his wares at this Saturday’s Remodelista Market in London) and a bark owl from Petersham Nurseries. "Rooms should be a mix of inherited pieces, things picked up along the way, and items chosen for specific purposes," says Dadswell. "The key is to get them all to work cohesively through color and style."


Stairwell with large scaled framed artwork, Down Pipe and Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball in Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: In the stairwell, Dadswell painted the wall Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball and the railing Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. She introduced a bright carpet and displays massed artwork to provide interest and contrast to the three-story-high wall.


Tongue and groove paneling and claw foot tub in bathroom of Victorian house renovation by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The gallery-style bathroom has tongue-and-groove paneling capped by a Carrara marble shelf. Two rows of subway tiles (Retro Metro by Fired Earth) provide a minimal backsplash. The vintage claw-foot tub was sourced on eBay.


Portrait of Beth Dadswell, White Ikea cabinets with vintage handles by Imperfect Interiors, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: Beth Dadswell in her kitchen. "We sanded and painted wood-fronted Ikea cabinets and then added vintage handles," she says. "Nobody believes that the cabinets are from Ikea—it all comes down to the details."

Before


Before Image of Kitchen in Dulwich Project by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: The avocado kitchen was dated and gloomy.


Before Image of Kitchen in Dulwich Project by Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: Dadswell replaced the existing single kitchen door with double French doors that bring in more light.


Before Image of Dining Room in Dulwich Project by  Imperfect Interiors, Beth Dadswell, London, Photography by Leanne Dixon | Remodelista

Above: "These are the dining room cabinets in their original state before I sanded them and attached vintage handles," says Dadswell. (You can get a tiny glimpse of the After in the first photo.) "There’s a lot of wood in the house, and it had all been stained in a heavy Victorian shade of brown that made everything feel quite oppressive."

 


Imperfect Interiors, Floorplan of semi-detached Victorian in Dulwich, London | Remodelista

Above: The house’s existing floor plan before the renovation. The major work was done on the ground floor; the red dotted lines indicate where walls were removed, and the blue dotted lines show where old openings were replaced with larger ones.

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