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Inside the London home of an interior designer

House Beautiful (UK) logo House Beautiful (UK) 26/07/2021 Olivia Heath
a kitchen with a table and chairs in a room: An outdated period home in Finsbury Park, owned by Interior Fox co-founder Jenna Choate, is transformed into a modern and liveable space after a full redesign. © Veronica Rodriguez An outdated period home in Finsbury Park, owned by Interior Fox co-founder Jenna Choate, is transformed into a modern and liveable space after a full redesign.

An outdated period home in Finsbury Park has been transformed into a modern and liveable space after a complete overhaul and redesign of the structure.

The London Victorian property, designed by Interior Fox, now boasts clean lines and a contemporary aesthetic fused with a colourful global twist.

Henna Virkkunen posing for the camera: Jenna Choate, co-founder of Interior Fox © Interior Fox Jenna Choate, co-founder of Interior Fox

The home is owned by Jenna Choate, who co-founded Interior Fox alongside Mariana Ugarte in 2016, with the aim of providing stylish, affordable and achievable interior design for the digital age.

As an interior designer, Jenna envisioned the possibilities for this renovation project from the outset, from reconfigurations to a carefully thought-out extension – and the results are impressive.

a view of a kitchen: What Jenna What Jenna

Throughout the home there's statement lighting from pendant lights to wall lights, cosy seating areas and nooks, prints and photography to bring character to the space, feature walls from patterned wallpaper to 3D wall panels, and a wonderfully dusky pink lounge area which is the ultimate chill-out zone.

The open-plan kitchen-diner is a wonderful spot for cooking and entertaining. We love the combination of the bench and chairs for the dining table, which provides lots of seating, and the adjacent bar area with a wine cooler is a great feature for dinner parties.

The sleek, modern kitchen benefits from direct access to the garden, perfect for blending the indoors and outdoors. While the kitchen island provides additional space to prep as well as breakfast bar-style seating.

a kitchen with a dining room table: Interior Fox, London house renovation © Veronica Rodriguez Interior Fox, London house renovation

'For this project we opted for on-trend indigo blues that instantly lifted the kitchen aesthetic and created a cohesive look between the cabinetry and finishes,' explains Jenna. 'We wanted to make the kitchen island stand out with the addition of a brass metal sheet on the underside to add a wow-factor while warming up the overall palette. To complement the brass tones and tie the look together, we chose upholstered stools in plush velvets.'

The living room is bright and airy with black café-style shutters which offers privacy while allowing in lots of light. Along with the dark flooring, it perfectly complements the crisp white walls. Artwork above the fireplace and in the alcove creates focal points, while houseplants help to bring the outside in.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Interior Fox, London house renovation © Interior Fox Interior Fox, London house renovation

The monochrome look in the living room continues in the bedroom, which benefits from two wonderful alcoves, perfect for shelves.

'After knocking through into the smaller box bedroom to create a master with an adjoining walk in closet, we focused on the layout of the master bedroom,' says Jenna. 'We wanted to embrace the period features of our new home whilst maximising space. Originally the chimney breast in this space was narrow, so to balance out proportions we extended the width to match the super king size bed. Our carpenters then added bespoke shelving units within the alcoves to use as bedside storage.'

Elsewhere, the outdoor seating area is perfect to while away hours in the sun. Creating ambience, the festoon lights and wall lights will help to turn the garden into a spectacle once evening comes.

a close up of a garden: Interior Fox, London house renovation © Interior Fox Interior Fox, London house renovation

'We are so lucky to have such a great outdoor space, we wanted to make the most of it, especially as I love entertaining guests,' says Jenna. 'We used larger pieces of fixed furniture to zone the space and introduced coffee tables and soft furnishings to create a stylish "indoors outdoors" aesthetic that is multifunctional as these standing pieces can be moved easily.'

Tour more of Jenna's home below.

a living room filled with furniture and a fire place: Interior Fox, London house renovation

Interior Fox, London house renovation
© Interior Fox

a room with a sink and a mirror: Interior Fox, London house renovation © Interior Fox Interior Fox, London house renovation

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