Cozy living room with lots of art and gallery walls in a modern London townhouse on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via T Magazine, photography by Carlotta Cardona)

It’s not a contradiction to call this townhouse British and leafy. It’s easier to associate London style with dark wood paneling and wingback armchairs. This remodel of a Victorian townhouse is completely of the moment, and speaks more to the multicultural influences of a modern London than to the stuffiness of yesteryear. The Donaldsons displayed a total lack of fear when they made bold choices to remodel, dousing everything in a bright coat of white and pouring a concrete floor to cement a space they opened up by tearing out walls. Traces of the townhouse’s origins remain in the glorious, enormous windows onto a verdant back courtyard and the wooden detailing lingering under the snowy coats of paint.


Traditional stair railing painted all white in London townhouse on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Modern black kitchen island with concrete floor and steel windows on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

It makes perfect sense for their home to look so much like a fresh canvas. Both are creative, a photographer and a magazine editor, and their home leaves room for their ideas to breathe and grow. Below, the rug brings a dramatic centerpiece to their chic black and white bathroom. It looks like the black paneling has lots of hidden storage along the perimeter of the room.

Modern bathroom with free-standing bathtub in London townhouse on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Modern London townhouse patio garden with steel doors on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I would love to see more of their lush patio space but this little glimpse will have to do! The couple look perfectly suited for their beautifully renovated home.


  1. Wowww the kitchen! The glass doors/wall/windows!! In love <3 The bathroom is quite dramatic and it's great haha -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 10.15.17
    • The steel doors are just amazing – they totally make the space! I think that bathroom is crazy cool (and the hidden storage is so sleek).

      Posted 10.15.17

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