There’s no denying that expansive homes and neutral tones suit many buyers. Still, there’s undoubtedly something special about this gorgeous studio apartment in Highbury near Clissold Park and Highbury Fields in London, which well and truly bucks the trend.
Rather than opting for the sterility of beige, white, and grey color schemes, owner, opera set designer and director John Pascoe decided to decorate the tiny 171-square-foot pied-à-terre dubbed the ‘Opera Box’ with a handpainted wraparound mural depicting the nearby Clissold Park. He spent several months painting scenes of rolling hills, trees, and church spires onto the walls of the single-room apartment. The creative opera set designer is now living in Tuscany, so his small London abode has been put on the market and is listed for £350,000 (that’s about $399,000) at Savills.
Opera set designer and director John Pascoe spent six hours every day for four months painting a mural of Clissold Park on his micro-flat in London. The beautiful handpainted piece is present on all walls of the one-room apartment.
John chose the perfect color scheme for his kitchen to match his handpainted mural – gorgeous olive-green cabinetry paired with a lighter-green backsplash, a gold faucet, and matching gold handles. These work harmoniously with the greens and greys of the mural.
The vibrant green kitchen is tucked away in a nook around the corner from the Victorian fireplace, offering plenty of space for meal preparation and storage.
The 171-square-foot one-room flat is surprisingly spacious, even though it only has enough space for a small kitchenette, pull-out bed, a dining nook, dresser, and a feature fireplace
There is such incredible detail in the handpainted mural that it’s hard to believe there aren’t acres of grounds in front of you while you dine.
As small as the micro-apartment is, it still has plenty of space for study, work, and play.
The original 1890s fireplace is undoubtedly a highlight in this beautiful apartment, one of the many glorious features retained within the original Victorian terrace home. John scrubbed it down to the original black steel and highlighted its many intricate details..
There is a small bathroom out of sight of the main living space, which features a shower cabin, toilet, vanity, and medicine cabinet. The green backsplash ties in with the rest of the natural color palette.
The studio apartment is situated within a gorgeous red brick Victorian terrace home in the Sotheby conservation area, near Highbury Fields and Clissold Park in London.