Spencer Courtyard

Award-winning architecture practice Kennedy Twaddle did a fantastic job transforming a former merchant’s yard into a mews of five contemporary homes in Finchley with sedum grooves and intricate brickwork.

The exposed ceilings of the double pitched roof, handmade birch ply kitchen and oak parquet give a beautiful feeling of craftsmanship to this build.

Huge windows show considered views throughout the single floor homes

The raised pitch gives a graphic feeling of volume throughout the sitting room/diner which we added primary colours and black and white to bringing in texture and material that would highlight the vast expanse of the room and the amount of light the rooms are bathed in.

Glazed doors open out onto the small courtyard garden which was covered with earth when we arrived. We suggested the developer cover it before the photographer came along to make the space sell well.  

We angled carpet and bed throw to echo the parquet flooring which is a feature throughout the place and added a set of sculptural marble pieces where jewellery could be displayed under a graphic poster to draw the eye to the back of themaster bedroom and lead you to the en-suite shower room. 

 To the other side of the entrance, there is a family bathroom and another bedroom equally bathed in light with huge statement eves and globe lights. We added statement Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen chairs to each bedroom and Berber rugs, keeping it simple so as not to take away from the beautiful details throughout the building or the view.




Lucy Ryder Richardson

Petra Curtis

Contact petra@modernshows .com and lucy@modernshows.com

Speed up the process of selling with a mix of midcentury & modern styled by our founders former stylist and journalist Lucy Ryder Richardson and graphic designer Petra Curtis. A big leap away from the showhome look, the dynamic duo mix iconic midcentury pieces that have built up a warm patina over time with cool contemporary from the latest designers to make your home stand out but still look loved and lived-in. The service is not super-expensive. While most clients go for the mid-range packages £10,000 up to £25,000, smaller one bedroom flats and houses start from as little as £5000 plus VAT with books, sheets, towels, soaps, smalls, quirky objects and paintings all included. Because we can get good deals and already have a selection of high-end early production designer furniture and smalls in-house Modern Shows’ staging service is cheaper than hiring the furniture directly from dealers and companies that will hire you all modern. In America where staging is more established you pay much more for this service. Americans understand that the quicker the property sells the better for their budget and you can often achieve a hike in sale from the spend as a queue of interested buyers build up. By adding emotion to the setting you will see your property tug at the heartstrings. Lucy and Petra work with architects new builds regularly for The Modern House estate agency. Other jobs include an office and dining room for Saatchi and Saatchi, office meeting room, reception and snug for Danish company Adform and dining and deli decor for Brindisa restaurants.

All images are c Petra Curtis, Lucy Ryder Richardson and also The Modern House so please obtain permission before using


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