Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home

Can one be spoiled for beautiful interior design? I’ll try not to completely spoil us today. However, I can offer no promises with the high taste level, classicism, and luxurious minimalism you will experience in this fantasy home tour.

Luxurious bathroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home.

Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home.

If you are already an admirer of London interior designer and antiquarian Rose Uniacke, then you know what to expect. This designer is well known for her exceptional brilliance in creating classical, harmonious, calm, elegant and refined interiors. What separates her from so many others is her understated approach which yields designs that are both friendly and inviting. I love what she told Sotheby’s about her interior design goal for any space. She believes a space should have a soul, voice, and function. Which brings us to the rare beauty which is Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Sources: Rose UniackeNY Times, Elle Decor, Sotheby’s, AD, VogueCote de Texas

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Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home

Magnificent entry in 19th century classical home. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home.

Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home.

The designer’s 19th century London home (on Pimlico) is extremely spacious (14,000 s.f.), and she shares it with husband, film producer David Heyman (Harry Potter films) and their son, Harper. Rose describes this architecturally magnificent house as “monastery meets Venetian palazzo.” Isn’t that wildly rich and intriguing? She has said it surprisingly does not feel too large to live in. Can many of us imagine making such a palatial property feel approachable, friendly and warm? And yet she succeeded in designing what I might regard as one of the most beautiful houses in the world. The designer Rose is an antique dealer with a shop in London I would love to visit.

Interior Courtyard

No need to suffer the blues in the winter!

 The winter garden in Rose Uniacke's Pimlico home in London. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

The winter garden in Rose Uniacke’s Pimlico home in London.

Soulfully Layered

If this monastic Venetian palazzo minimally luxurious and artfully layered look appeals to you, how would one move toward capturing it? Here are some ingredients that come to mind after studying these spaces…

Reverence for the architecture in place. Hushed color palettes. A keen collector’s eye for mixing furniture from various periods. The ability to restrain and a love for paring down. An appreciation for patina and natural texture from old stone, linen, marble, and reclaimed wood.  A passion for serenity.

Rose Uniacke Interiors. Blue grey velvet settee and classical decor. #minimal #bluegrey

Breathtaking Video

MY GUESS IS THAT THE MINUTES YOU SPEND VIEWING THIS VIDEO TAKING YOU INSIDE ROSE UNIACKE’S HOME and listening to her voice MAY TRANSPORT YOU TO AN ALTERNATE REALM and maybe draw a sigh or ten. I have watched it more times than I care to admit.

I can’t wait to hear your thoughts about the video and this tour!

A Dream Renovation

Serene creamy white bedroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Serene creamy white bedroom in Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

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We have much to learn from this renovated London home tour, and let’s cast aside thoughts about the obvious expense of such an undertaking. As a real life renovator, its understood what a manse of this magnitude entails. While we may not possess a budget anywhere near the vicinity of this designer’s, certainly there is still much to learn.  From her, we may in small ways be enlightened by the art of creating rooms in which we truly wish to linger. Isn’t this the ultimate goal which keeps us aiming higher?

There is so much mixing of antiques with new art and beautiful furniture from different eras — and yet the interiors remain calm. How do you acquire just the right sofa or chair for a room in a house this grand? Well, you design it yourself if you are Rose Uniacke. How does one make a mansion’s ballroom functional? You turn it into a second floor study and add contemporary photography.

Arches in a hallway of Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Isn’t the quiet beauty of the magnificent architecture captivating?

Goal for Renovation

Here is how Rose describes her approach for the design:

“This is a classical building and I wanted to be true to the original setting. If the space is properly balanced, then the rooms can be simply furnished and allowed to breathe. In that context, the design can be very minimal.”

This was no ordinary renovation. To create a family home, five former basement apartments  were transformed into a swimming pool and hammam. It would seem that every room was designed with clear function. So the home’s painting studio became a screening room for the husband.

Kitchen with restrained palette in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke Kitchen.

Inspiring the Designer

What inspires this designer? For one, a Chilean patron of modernism and a style leader of Paris from 1880 into the 20th century. She paved the way for the modernist minimalist aesthetic that would be taken up in fashion by Coco Chanel. Her circle of friends and protégés included Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Jean Cocteau, and the poet Blaise Cendrars.

“The early 20th-century Chilean patron Eugenia Errazuriz is a role model for me. She promoted a strict simplicity in design, relentlessly stripping away the grandiose in her interiors. She also hated knickknacks.”

“The early 20th-century Chilean patron Eugenia Errazuriz is a role model for me. She promoted a strict simplicity in design, relentlessly stripping away the grandiose in her interiors. She also hated knickknacks.” ~ROSE UNIACKE

If you are drawn to the painting above by  Jacques-Émile Blanche, here is a book of his work.

And as Uniacke mentioned in the video (did you watch it yet!?), Venetian Palladian villas.

“In 2015, I toured some of the Palladian villas outside Venice. The Villa Emo is the perfect balance of simplicity and grandeur.”

“In 2015, I toured some of the Palladian villas outside Venice. The Villa Emo is the perfect balance of simplicity and grandeur.” ROSE UNIACKE

Glorious Monastic Magic

Bedroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London. #bedroom #serene #oldworld

Bedroom in Rose Uniacke’s London Home.

 Bathroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Bathroom in Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Pimlico Road house. Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home.

Staircase and Entry

Magnificent stone staircase in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

 Cozy fireplace in entry with magnificent staircase in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Cozy warmth in a grand London mansion.

Magnificent classical architecture in this stairway in Rose Uniacke's Classic Minimal Home in London.

Magnificent classical architecture.

Luxuriously Minimal Kitchen

Kitchen with spare decor and luxurious finishes in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

House Tour: Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

30" Bar Stool

30″ Bar Stool

Breathtaking natural wood cabinets in a London kitchen. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Breathtaking craftsmanship in a London kitchen.

Marble kitchen sink detail and open shelf. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Kitchen design inspiration from Rose Uniacke.

A monastic inspired kitchen in London. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Monastic and Venetian Palazzo influence.

Plaster cone pendants in a uniquely classic kitchen in London. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Plaster cone pendants in a uniquely classic kitchen in London.

Kitchen with original architecture and spare decor. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke kitchen.

Rustic wood cabinetry and polished stone in a magnificent kitchen.Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Detail of wood and stone in kitchen.

Rose Uniacke London kitchen. Photo Tom Mannion for AD France. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Scale and proportion!

Rose Uniacke kitchen dining area. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke kitchen dining area.

Bar area. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Bar area.

Living and Dining

Rose Uniacke Pimlico Road living room and dining room. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Classically designed living room and dining room.

Pimlico House Photoshoot | Rose Uniacke

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Rose Uniacke dining room in her London home. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke dining room.

Rose Uniacke dining room. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Interior design inspiration from Rose Uniacke.

Rose Uniacke living room with classically designed details. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Classically designed details.

Some Classically Inspired Pieces to Consider

History of the Home

From Cote de Texas, I learned that the palatial London home was built by society portrait painter James Ranie Swinton in 1860. The price? 6,610 pounds. The exterior’s tartan brick scheme apparently was not a hit with neighbors. Not solely a residence, it served as his studio and gallery as well. The property featured a grand staircase with domed ceiling, a conservatory with glass roof, and a ballroom. Over the years, the property was occupied by Isadora Duncan, Sir Charles Ross, the Grosvenor School of Art, and a catholic church.

 Sumptuous living room by Rose Uniacke. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Everyone and their brother has written about designer and antiquarian Rose Uniacke’s London townhouse. And for good reason. Last year...

 Neutral living room by Rose Uniacke. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke living room with white furniture. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Luxurious, classical, and serene London home.

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Personal objects cozy up the room.

Classically luxurious living room. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home

Interior design by Rose Uniacke.

Screening Room

Rose Uniacke screening room or media room for David Heyman. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Screening room for producer David Heyman.

Study

Stunning study in a former ballroom in a London family home. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Interior design by Rose Uniacke.

Bedrooms

Serene bedroom by Rose Uniacke. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

House Tour: Rose Uniacke.

Bedroom with creamy plaster walls and fireplace. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home

Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Bedroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Blissfully quiet design by Rose Uniacke.

Bedroom with monastic inspired interior design. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Monastic inspired interior design. Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home.

Tranquil bedroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home.

“Our bed was once owned by Yvette Guilbert, a muse of Toulouse-Lautrec. I covered the headboard in Fortuny linen from 1910.”

“Our bed was once owned by Yvette Guilbert, a muse of Toulouse-Lautrec. I covered the headboard in Fortuny linen from 1910.” ROSE UNIACKE

Bedroom with green accents. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Timeless design by Rose Uniacke.

Desk in guest bedroom. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Desk in guest bedroom.

Bathrooms

Timeless and tranquil bathroom in Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Timeless and tranquil bathroom in a London home.

Rose Uniacke - The Pimlico Road Association/plaster flush with marble slab in shower.

Luxurious bathroom by Rose Uniacke.

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home. Luxuriously minimal shower design.

Luxuriously minimal shower design.

Luxurious bathroom with fireplace. Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home. Luxuriously classic and minimal bathroom.

Rose Uniacke’s Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Pool

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home in London.

Art

What art does Rose Uniacke collect? She says she believes in the power of furniture and design objects to be as powerful as painting or sculptures and has an openness about how art is defined. In her own house? Contemporary art, photographs, and furniture from all periods.

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home “Josef Koudelka is a Czech-French photographer my husband and I collect. This 1971 image, of a man with a firework, hangs in our hallway.” ROSE UNIACKE

“Josef Koudelka is a Czech-French photographer my husband and I collect. This 1971 image, of a man with a firework, hangs in our hallway.” ROSE UNIACKE

Rose Uniacke's Classic Designed Minimal Home. “Here I am at our London house in the winter garden, a year-round favorite and perfect for dining,” says the interior designer Rose Uniacke

“Here I am at our London house in the winter garden, a year-round favorite and perfect for dining.” ROSE UNIACKE

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Peace to you right where you are.

~michele

 

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12 Comments

  1. May 30, 2018 / 5:45 am

    Spectacular….simply spectacular….

    • michele
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 9:39 am

      What I wouldn’t give to spend some time in Rose’s home! 🙂 Thanks for reading.

  2. Joanna
    May 30, 2018 / 9:16 am

    I desire the painting of the lady. I keep going back to it. I love the face and the dress/nightgown portrays softness as it forms to her body. If only I could paint that well.

    • michele
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 9:39 am

      I so agree!!! I wondered whether I should put info about the painter so I went back and updated it and added a book with the artist’s work. Thanks for letting me know, friend. 🙂

  3. Connie
    May 30, 2018 / 11:46 am

    To have a home that reflects the beauty of simplicity is to have a home that allows one to breathe.

    Stunning home! Thanks for sharing it.

    • michele
      Author
      May 30, 2018 / 11:47 am

      Soooooo much breathing room in this manse! Thanks for adding to the beauty.

  4. Kathy
    May 30, 2018 / 1:30 pm

    Simply beautiful! Love that winter garden!!

    • michele
      Author
      May 31, 2018 / 12:38 pm

      Just a fantasy! It would definitely change my attitude about winter! 🙂

  5. Constance
    June 3, 2018 / 10:18 am

    The word that comes to mind is ethereal!!! Love the hidden door in the winter garden! Oh to have a space like that garden to steal away to!

    • michele
      Author
      June 3, 2018 / 12:59 pm

      Ethereal is right! I love that mood, and I could stare at these images for days! Thanks for adding to the beauty here. 🙂

  6. Sheila in SF
    June 19, 2018 / 4:46 pm

    Quite A visual delight — and the music so appropriate for the space. Not my taste but beautiful.

    • michele
      Author
      June 19, 2018 / 10:37 pm

      I hear you – when design is executed so well, the style seems not to matter much to me. This is a place I would love to experience in person as I imagine it to have a soulfulness impossible to capture with a camera. Thanks for reading.

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