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The Hogwarts House

by habituallychic

12 . 20 . 12
I learned of another great designer recently, Rose Uniacke, whose London home is featured here.  She is not only an interior designer but the owner of a chic shop on Pimlico Road.  A love of antiques seems to run in the family.  Her mother, Hilary Batstone, also owned a shop for which Rose bought pieces while living in France.  Her husband, David Heyman, is the producer of the Harry Potter films and the home is a bit gothic which has led to it to be referred to as Hogwarts in the neighborhood. It was built in 1859 as a studio and home for the portrait painter James Rannie Swinton.  It needed extensive renovations by the time the couple bought the home.  I love that they restored it to look as it might have originally while only adding in a few modern touches in the kitchen and pool room. I bet it looks even more beautiful decorated for Christmas and it’s too bad no one has photographed it for a holiday story.  Fingers crossed for next year. 

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  1. Candin December 20, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    Yes, I am a huge Harry Potter fan, but even if this wasn’t the producer’s house I would still say that it is beautiful!

  2. Diane James Home December 20, 2012 | 3:49 pm

    What a beautiful home! I especially love the interior garden – fabulous. Thanks for sharing these images, Cynthia

  3. Karen Albert December 20, 2012 | 4:23 pm

    Heather this home is amazing and so much history.
    I love the shot with the staircase and the archways and gardens!

    Art by Karena

  4. dervla kelly December 21, 2012 | 5:16 am

    ahhh, the indoor garden! Those long, bare hallways!

  5. Provence Search December 21, 2012 | 10:50 am

    Thanks Heather, another beautiful post. It comes at a great time for me, as I just needed to make a decision on floorboards and this has helped me decide how to lay them. Gorgeous house, elegant and peaceful. I hope your father is doing better and send you best wishes for a Joyeux Noel from Provence. Bisous.

  6. dogwalker December 23, 2012 | 12:41 pm

    let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.

    merry christmas

  7. Belinda WornOut December 23, 2012 | 7:56 pm

    What an absolutely beautiful home!

  8. Coulda shoulda woulda December 29, 2012 | 9:17 am

    This house just kills me…I would wander around that place all day.