This handsome South Kensington townhouse is arranged over five impressive floors and decked out with state-of-the-art fixtures
Meander through leafy South Kensington, towards the splashy, flashy lures of Knightsbridge and you will likely come across South Terrace – a street of immaculate Grade II listed Georgian houses with wrought iron balconies and bar windows.
One property that caught our eye – a four bedroom beauty set over five equally smart floors – speaks the international language of contemporary, though original features lend an air of timeless grandeur to the place. ‘I wanted to create something both stylish and visually striking,’ explains owner Chris Kyriacoudis.
Swathed in elegant neutral tones, the living spaces and bedrooms are brought to life with plenty of artful texture. Decorative artist Peter Sheldon was commissioned to create a series of dramatic walls, using raw materials to bring about a degree of tactility.
‘I love the way natural materials look and feel, and so I made the decision to use them throughout the property,’ says Kyriacoudis. The result is a pleasingly atmospheric one and the surface’s burnished patina accentuates the collection of modern art hung throughout.
The melange of period detailing and design-led contemporary furniture helps to give the home a sophisticated aesthetic. In the living area, low-slung sofas upholstered in taupe-toned linen mingle alongside a number of standout features, such as the ‘Ambassador’ chandeliers by Mark Brazier-Jones and sculptural side tables from various designers.
Speaking of the most impressive room in the property, Kyriacoudis notes his fondness of the master suite. ‘It has the highest ceiling out of all the rooms, which provides an incredible sense of airiness,’ he says.
Flowing out from the open-plan reception room is a split-level decked garden with an ambience that adjusts as the seasons change. At this time of year the amber and garnet-hued leaves adorning the trees lends a terrific warmth to the space.
‘I wanted to create an oasis – somewhere that I could relax and really escape the hectic city carry-on,’ Kyriacoudis says. A mirrored wall creates an illusion of an even larger terrace and reflects the house’s handsome stone façade about the decking.
Down on the lower ground floor, a well-proportioned square patio makes an ideal spot for supper alfresco in the warmer months, with sizeable glass doors that open a concertina fashion, blurring the boundaries between inside and out.
Back inside, each and every space is imaginatively lit. In addition to the eye-catching glass fixtures hanging from the ceilings, the walnut parquet floors are studded with recessed bulbs, and carefully considered spotlighting draws the eye out to the edges of each room, creating a balanced effect.
‘Lighting can make a huge impact. It can help to create a mood and add atmosphere,’ Kyriacoudis says. ‘For this very reason, I chose to place feature lighting in every room.’
Ideally positioned to take full advantage of Chelsea’s cultural draws as well as the sprinkling of boutiques and coffee shops lining Brompton Road and Sloane Square, this capacious South Terrace property is a great example of a refined South Kensington home.
South Terrace, SW7, is on the market with Foxtons South Kensington. For more information call 020 7590 1000 or visit foxtons.co.uk