English Charm by Gavin Houghton

Gavin Houghton is real deal London style. He worked in art direction at Colefax & Fowler and Nina Campbell, which is pedigree enough, and his interiors are pure English goodness. His work in London and beyond speaks of the collected gentility that defines British interiors and he gives even very small spaces a quiet dignity that absolutely charms.

Let’s have a look at Gavin Houghton’s beautiful work in London!

Dark and moody walls in this North Kensington living room are livened up by colorful accessories, like the red chair in the foreground, the lime upholstered chairs in front of the window, and that giant, yellow ikat window treatment.

The same North Kensington sitting room has a cozy desk corner complete with antique Chinese lamp and darling yellow pompom trim on the shade, tying into the yellow draperies.

A closer look at the chairs in front of the window reveals lime velvet with custom gimp trim, and a turquoise and back painted frame topped with a graphic pillow (complete with fringe!) that positively pops of those yellow draperies!

You know I’m going to love those turquoise Foo Dogs! Especially juxtaposed next to that richly red mirror.

This gracious green and white South London kitchen features espalier wallpaper and matching green and white striped window shades for a country garden feel in the heart of the city.

A Kensington home is graced with a light and simple kitchen.

That sense of lightness continues into the Kensington home’s dining room that features an historic mantle, floral wallpaper, red leather tufted chairs, and some judgmental ancestral portraits!

The green sitting room in the Kensington home is pretty much straight out of my English dreams with its giant pedimented bookcase, glossy doors, and proliferance of pleated silk lamp shades.

The other side of the Kensington home’s green sitting room is layered with country florals, an antique rug, tufted upholstery, and perfectly English club fender around the fireplace. And more pleated silk lamp shades.

This Chelsea bathroom is the picture of country simplicity despite its city location. The ivy wallpaper is protected from the sink by a Lucite backsplash (as opposed to introducing tile in the room), which is, as far as I’m concerned, pure genius.

And what Scottish hunting lodge doesn’t need a crimson billiard room?

Don’t Gavin Houghton’s designs make you want to pack a bag and move to London as soon as possible? So gracious and gorgeous.