What do you do if you love your home, but its layout doesn’t work for your growing family? ‘We did think about moving, but we couldn’t find anywhere we liked as much in the area,’ says interior designer Sam O’Grady, who shares her South West London Victorian home with husband Ryan, and their children Lily, 10, and George, seven, plus working cocker spaniel, Billy, and two Siamese cats. ‘Instead we decided to stay put, dig out the basement to create more rooms, reconfigure the layout of the ground floor and extend to make it a home we can enjoy for many years to come – or at least until the kids grow up,’ she explains. ‘Previously, we had to go through the dining room to get to the kitchen, and the entrance hall felt very dark,’ says Sam. ‘We wanted to create a much better sense of flow through the space with a lighter, brighter feel.’




Now the entrance hall leads directly through the house to the extension, which is designed as a super-size space for cooking, dining and entertaining. A sleek, uncluttered kitchen features cleverly designed tall cupboard doors which slide into side pockets when they are open, offering easy access to appliances. When they are closed, the kitchen is transformed from a busy cooking zone to a sophisticated space for drinks with friends and to enjoy in the evening. Light floods into the room through floor-to-ceiling glass doors that run across the entire width of the house. ‘I love the connection with the garden and the fact that the kids can run in and out when the doors are open,’ says Sam. ‘That sense of open space is just wonderful.’




This space was designed by Sam O'Grady, interior designer and director of Olivia Bea Design.


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Photos by Nick Smith

Article by: Amelia Thorpe