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Stoneleigh Street residence with minimalist vibes, London

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Stoneleigh Street residence has been the home for 43 years of Diana Miller, the highly respected and award-winning photographer. The contemporary home was renovated in 2011 and can be found in Holland Park, London, England.

Miller first found the house in Stoneleigh Street in 1970 when this part of Holland Park was considerably more edgy than it is today. Her landlord had just bought the property for £21,000 from a director of the BBC and she rented it with a group of friends, £20 a week being her share for a bedroom and communal use of the living areas. Flat mates came and went, but they eventually gave way to leave the house free for Diana, her husband, and their dogs.

Thirty-three years after she first moved in, she bought the property and was finally at liberty to make all the changes she had been fantasising about over three decades. At this time, her next door neighbour was the influential architect John Pawson, renowned for his minimalist style. (The Cistercian monks, for whom he designed a monastery in the Czech Republic, are said to have expressed concern that his style was too austere!)

Diana said: “The minimalist vibes must have seeped through the walls from next door! The style is incredibly simple, but the proportions and the light speak volumes. The house has always had  a wonderful feel, and it’s been liberating turning it into a space that meets our needs for both living and working.”

This corner of Holland Park still has a boho vibe, despite the adjacency of some of London’s smartest streets, and neighbours are of the creative type – architects, fashion designers, and artists.

The contemporary London house, with its classic proportions and modern interpretation has been designed to provide flexibility. The office at the back of the double reception room could easily hide playroom paraphernalia; the light-filled photographic studio that leads onto the delightfully private landscaped rear garden could be integrated into the open plan kitchen/dining area which is a comfortable combination of old and new. Or a home-working creative could move in one day and start work the next.

Arranged over four floors the accommodation extends to 2107 sq ft/195.7 sq m and includes double reception room, kitchen/dining room, studio, office, cloakroom, three bedrooms, two bathrooms (one en suite), front and rear gardens.

For further information, visit crayson.com

Images courtesy of Diana Miller

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Assif is a luxury travel and design aficionado currently working as a BBC content producer. He holds an MA in journalism from the University of Leeds. He is partial to tea and cake - Yorkshire Tea Gold Blend please. His favourite trips include island hopping in the Seychelles, a mountain escape in Kashmir and getting lost in Hong Kong.

Assif is the current editor of Adelto Magazine. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @journolista.

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June 27, 2013 | Property | View comments

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