Victorian Modern

Architecture & Interiors

If it’s possible to have a house that’s both sumptuous and spare, opulent and simple, old and new, then the interior decorator Rose Uniacke has shown us how.

Her 19th Century Georgian Revival house in London, which comes with old-world accoutrements like ballroom, conservatory and abundant architectural detailing, would seem a natural for outsized furniture and a museum’s worth of Victoriana. But Uniacke has, it seems, a very modern bent—and we’re not talking about the decidedly 21st Century pool, wine cellar and state-of-the-art sound and video system.

What’s striking is that the house’s muted color palette, unfinished wood floors, and embrace of unobstructed space would seem to have taken a page from the style manuals of contemporary urban lofts. While its true that every object and detail belies its posh pedigree—the antiques are exceptional and the textiles luxurious—it’s the lightness of the rooms that startles.  “If the space is properly balanced, then the rooms can be simply furnished and allowed to breathe,” she says.

Now, that’s very modern thinking.


Photo credits: New York Times

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