Before cars, came horses. And before garages, came mews. At least, that was the order in the UK and
To balance the mews and mid-century modern, Stephanie introduced simple yet significant interventions. Out went the internal doors and in came arched transitions (downstairs). To create an indoor-outdoor connection, the living and dining areas were kept open-plan and all the windows in the foyer and kitchen were replaced with sliding bifold doors.
Likewise, the tumbledown stone fireplace between the living room and kitchen was eliminated to introduce a doorless opening (the new fireplace was built elsewhere). And upstairs, the primary suite was elongated to include a walk-in wardrobe and a double-entrance bathroom.
In most cases, less space would have meant less storage. Not here. Stephanie upended the rulebook by carving out extra space everywhere, but especially in the kitchen. The underside of the stairs, for example, was turned into an arched storage nook, while a tiled island was added in the kitchen centre. As the home was compact, the designer decided to maintain a uniform Forbo Marmoleum flooring to project a sweeping effect.
Timber panelling is a leitmotif that recurs throughout the house: upstairs in the way of oak, downstairs as natural teak Formica. The warm tones serve as a fitting backdrop for the jewel-toned furniture in the foreground—a combination of the owners’ own pieces and mid-century novelties sourced from local dealers. “The mid-century mews interior design embraces the essence of the era, combining timeless elegance, functionality and a tiny touch of nostalgia,” Stephanie signs off.
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