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Victorian school loft conversion by Jemma Cowen


London-based interior design practice, JC Decor, has refurbished the London Loft project. Completed in 2013, the 16,00 sq ft loft is located in a Victorian School conversion in southwest, London, England.

Arranged over three floors the contemporary London flat has a lovely mix of original wood floors, original Victorian capitals, a lofty 20 foot lounge ceiling height and a partially glass floor.


The renovation took eight months to complete and the entire flat was updated and refurbished. A brand new modern kitchen complete with imported Italian Arabescato marble worktops, modern appliances such as built in automated coffee machine were added

Jemma Cowen, interior designer from JC Décor, said to Adelto: “This was a great project to work on, as I love large scale loft apartments. I kept the design modern and minimalistic in order to allow the interior architecture to stand out.”


A combination of vintage and new pieces were sourced to complete the look, including a drinks trolley, originally from the Savoy Hotel in London, a large Victorian mirror, modern art of Venice Beach, an original Barcelona chair and a Thonet rocking chair.


The biggest and most dramatic change can be seen on the lower ground floor. What had been carved up into two bedrooms, a tiny grimy bathroom, and stained walls was converted into a luxury master bedroom with en-suite.


The biggest challenge the interior designer encountered was creating a suitable floor plan for the lower ground floor.

“Originally it consisted of a number of small, dark rooms and so I decided to create a large master suite complete with an oversized en-suite marble bathroom, bedroom and walking wardrobe, as well as an office space,” Cowen adds.


Cowen says she likes to mix traditional and contemporary styles and we agree. The minimalistic interior design complements the loft’s architecture and we love how she has mixed vintage pieces with modern art throughout the contemporary loft.

“I was also keen to keep all the original Victorian school features including the pine floor and ceiling capitals. The interior architecture of the property is striking and so the interior design needed to complement this. I kept a neutral colour palette through most of the property, although I did paint the office black and used black and white stripped wallpaper in the walking wardrobe to create drama.”

Images courtesy of JC Decor

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February 5, 2014 | Property | View comments

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