When it came to designing her own home, Rachel Laxer sought a look that fit with the building's classic Georgian architecture but felt modern and fresh for her active family. She started by completely reconfiguring and redesigning the home to ensure a better flow and use of space. With the layout updated, she mixed vintage pieces, contemporary furnishings, and items collected from the family’s extensive travels against a neutral color palette to create a personal yet sophisticated look.
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The Georgian style home, known as Marlborough Place, is located in St. John’s Wood in northwest London.
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In the entry, Laxer paired an earth toned stair runner from Stark and wall covering by Phillip Jeffries with a vintage bench and collection of vintage photography.
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The living room is layered with rich jewel tones and global-inspired furnishings that have a contemporary edge. The sofa and wooden shelving unit were custom designed by Laxer. Cushions from Missoni add a pop of color against the neutral carpet from Stark and wall covering from Phillip Jeffries. The stools are by Andrew Martin.
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Laxer opted for a more modern look in the kitchen with white laminate cabinetry and black granite countertops. Oiled oak flooring adds a warm touch and is continued into other parts of the home.
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The bright sunlight that streams into the breakfast space off the kitchen is matched by the contemporary Saarinen table and Eames dining chairs, all from Vitra.
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The dining room is warm and elegant with a more traditional design. A recessed mirror by Herve Van Der Straeten adds depth and dimension, and the chairs are from Holly Hunt.
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B&B Italia's Maxalto desk and an Eames desk chair from Vitra give the study a midcentury aesthetic. Floor-to-ceiling windows keep the space from feeling dark.
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In the master bedroom, the bed and headboard are from Edelman Leather, and the wall covering is from Phillip Jeffries. The throw is Mulberry Home.
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The ensuite master bathroom features artwork from Paola Lenti.
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In one daughter’s room, Laxer custom designed a four poster bed, which is paired with a carpet from Stark and wall painting by Elitis.
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Laxer used similar elements in her other daughter’s bedroom, opting for a pink color palette instead of purple for a distinct look.