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I'm so glad I managed to squeeze in a day out exploring London's open houses, as the day was just as inspiring as I had hoped! First on my list was the 'Sunken Bath House' but I think everyone had the same idea so we had to skip that and head over to Montague road. The house is a 2 storey flat within a 1860s Victorian terrace in Hackney, East London.

Open House describes the renovation as follows...

In 2014, the Interior Architecture Firm Foreign Bear Studio conducted a full renovation of this Victorian flat over a 6-month period. They began by moving all the living quarters onto the first floor, to maximise on the light at this upper level. They created a bright and spacious living and dining room.

In the kitchen, also moved to the first-floor level, they installed a large picture window overlooking the rear garden. The bedrooms and family bathroom were moved to the lower ground floor, which is naturally a bit darker and so more in keeping with a good night’s sleep. FBS loves to combine the old with the new, it’s one of their defining characteristics as curators of spaces. Maximising light, pursuing simplicity, materiality and texture are at the fore of their interiors.

Check out the stunning interior for yourself ...


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