Spacious and elegant, with high ceilings and perfectly proportioned rooms, art dealer Henry Miller’s Victorian east London home is also his office and his gallery. When Henry bought it, it was uninhabitable, so he and the builder worked their way through the house, starting with the exterior wall before moving on to the top floor where they created a temporary apartment so Henry could be on site.

A dilapidated lean-to conservatory was demolished and replaced with an orangery, more in keeping with the style of the house, and one of the bedrooms was sacrificed for a new bathroom. Henry ensured that damaged or missing period features were repaired or reinstated.

The project

Owner: Henry Miller, an art dealer and curator, lives here with partner Jin Ho Kang

Property: A three-storey semi-detatched Victorian home, built in 1900 in Walthamstow, east London

What he did: The roof was repaired and an outside wall rebuilt, floors were replaced, and a lean-to conservatory was replaced with an orangery. Other period details were restored or reinstated

living room with painting and oriental chest in a restored Victorian semi

At the heart of the living room is Vladimir Zabotin’s 1913 Portrait of a Dancer, which once belonged to art critic Brian Sewell. On the Tibetan 19th-century chest is a study from the Italian School, dating back to 1700. The wood-burner is a Stovax, reproduction William Morris tiles from Victorian Ceramics reference Walthamstow’s famous son

ornate restored fireplace in a restored Victorian home

Local antiques dealer Mark Finamore restored the elaborate fire surround found in a sorry state in the back garden. The reproduction William Morris tiles are from Victorian Ceramics and the firescreen and cushion covers were made by Henry’s mother. the chair itself is a mid-19th-century family piece

detail of restored ornate fireplace and antique mirror

The intricate detailing on the fire surround has been accentuated in gold paint, the early 20th-century overmantel mirror came from a local antique dealer. The plates are Japanese and came from an art fair at Alexandra Palace. The jug is another family piece

living room with bay window in a restored Victorian home

The intricate ceiling cornice in the living room was in a poor state of repair, but by making a mould from the original, a faithful plasterwork copy was created. Similarly, the windows are double-glazed copies of the damaged originals. Simple pine floorboards have been stained and lacquered – a good way to emulate dark Victorian flooring on a budget

white aga in kitchen with blue walls in Victorian home

Magnet cabinets and a three-oven Aga Total Control create a crisp outline against Farrow & Ball’s Drawing Room Blue walls

antique breakfast table with contemporary chairs in kitchen with blue walls in a Victorian home

Habitat chairs make an unusual pairing with the inherited mid-19th-century breakfast table. Above the 19th-century Chinese cabinet is a painting by Benjamin Hope. The open door leads to the new orangery

orangery with blue walls in a Victorian home

The orangery features a sofa from Heals, another Tibetan chest with an antique Burmese horse displayed on top. The floor tiles are from Topps Tiles. Cushions by Jim Thompson and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Stiffkey Blue

landing with paintings in a Victorian home

At the top of the stairs is an early-20th-century painting by Arthur Navez, while above the door a scrap of original wallpaper serves as reminder of the home’s history. The radiator cover is from Kingston Cabinets

bedroom with dark purple walls fourposter bed in Victorian home

A four-poster bed from Lombok is topped with a silk bedspread bought in Bejing. Above the bed is a traditional ethnic jacket, bought in Sanya, China, and framed locally with denim mountboard. The bedlinen and bedside lights are both from John Lewis and the striking wall colour is Farrow & Ball’s Brinjal

antique mahogany dressing table in bedroom with dark purple walls in a Victorian home

The mahogany mid-Victorian dressing table in the master bedroom was Henry’s mother’s. Displayed on top is an assortment of 18th-century Chinese ceramic boxes inlaid in silver. He bought the stool at a local auction. The painting on the left is by Pavel Tchelitchew; on the right is Francis West’s The Mad Philosopher

red walls victorian bedstead bedroom fireplace in a Victorian home

A salvaged Victorian fireplace makes a pretty focal point in the guest room. The bed is from Feather & Black, with bedlinen from John Lewis. The cabinet is a 19th-century Chinese piece, from River City Bangkok. Henry had the original floorboards stained to match the new pine ones downstairs, with Sadolin Classic Wood Protection in Jacobean Walnut, then sealed with a hard satin varnish. For a similar rug, try Gallery Yacou

old barrister's desk in a study in Victorian home

Henry turned the smallest bedroom into his office, with a modern painting by Balinese artist Mawardi above his mother’s old desk from her barristers’ chambers

period bathroom with high-level wc in a victorian home

Henry sacrificed a bedroom to create this period-style bathroom, with fixtures and fittings sourced from Burlington and taps from St James. The lighting is from John Lewis and the walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Vert de Terre. For a similar freestanding towel rail, try the Windsor from Victorian Plumbing

twin period style basins in a Victorian home

Twin basins from Burlington and a modern shower surround keep things practical 

open door in a victorian home

The colourful floor tiles are the originals. the bench is a mid-19th-century Chinese piece. The hall stand belonged to Henry’s parents and dates back to around 1850

doorway in a Victorian home

The door, floor and panelling are all original. The door sign was bought at a market in Beijing.The wall clock belonged to Henry’s parents

Victorian semi detached house, painted white with bay windows

On a tree-lined street in east London, the Victorian semi has been restored from top to bottom

Stylist – Pippa Blenkinsop

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