Coach House, Bristow Mews

This renovated Victorian coach house with its original sign embossed with the year of the coach house’s initial construction in 1895 is the first you come upon in this secluded mews set back from Palace Road where houses curve around a central courtyard and sit next to a reservoir.

Designed by MW Architects and Kinland with four bedrooms and a free flowing ground floor the coach house is a hub for natural light and we used the neutral tones of the interior as inspiration. We wanted each space to be inviting and cocooning, a haven from the urban sprawl of Streatham.

Using plenty of curves we softened up the space with Cherner chairs at an Aalto table and an enveloping sofa set back enough to walk around to the large sliding doors and give the photographers plenty of space to shoot in. A hand woven textured rug broke up the concrete floor echoed by concrete coffee table. The shapes of footstool and lamp were repeated in artwork and ceramics.

Plenty of sculptural shapes adding startling shadows to the play of light as it dances around the space. 

Two banks of glazed barn-style doors span the length of the house bringing light into the kitchen and sitting room.

Dots of black, white, cream and wood around the kitchen highlight the sage green tiling and worktop with one lone tangerine cookbook to spice things next to kilner jars full of dried beans.

Circles were brought in again with the black Aalto stools rescued from an Apple shop and an early Bambi echoing the soft textures in the sitting room. Keeping it all very simple so the building could sing was a priority. When we stage we do it with the feeling a person living there would have for the space surrounded by valued objects and plenty of room to relax and take stock from work.

In this age of remote workspaces a desk is a prerequisite in any home but add to that a sofa and window seat and you have plenty of space to move around and muse over your latest projects.

MW architects studio’s mission is ‘to enrich lives through design’. And we wanted to stick to their core values of care, creativity and joy. We love the pairing of a Carl Jacobs chair and Kaiser Dell Bauhaus lamp even though they are decades away in age and think the blue upholstery brings the pinky textured wall out perfectly. 


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