An elegantly eclectic townhouse by Studio Ashby

Behind a Georgian exterior in central London, this five storey town house has been furnished with art, antiques, mid-century finds and contemporary pieces to create a cohesive interior with an eclectic richness.

"I wanted the interiors to contrast with the urban palette outside the front door," said interior designer Sophie Ashby. "I wanted the house to feel like a sanctuary from the outside world with lush plants, soft and tactile textures and sculptural and abstract art providing a natural and organic palette."

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Above: Contrasting materials have been used in the kitchen to create something more tactile and inviting than the ordinary white gloss box - the cabinets are handcrafted from dark khaki green lacquered oak, the splashbacks are marble and the worktops are made of corian.

A set of mid-century Italian chairs reupholstered in a contemporary monochrome fabric clustered around a marble table creates an elegant space for casual dining.

Above: A collection of wooden chopping boards adds a homely touch.

Above: The round mid-century painting, found by Sophie at Alfie's Antiques Market, is by a German architect. The swivel chair is an old 1960s office waiting room chair that has been recovered.

The ceiling height, elegant full-length windows and intricate cornicing and plasterwork all combine to make this a beautiful, light filled space.

Above: Tom Dixon's Form tea set, which is made of spun brass dipped in a warm gold wash, sets a glamorous tone for afternoon tea.

The painting is by Ben Lowe.

Above: Sophie has used a natural palette of colours, textures and materials throughout the house to create a soft, inviting mood.

Above: The bleached wooden baskets by Christian Burchard are from the Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

"I take the 'human approach' to interior design and want to create a design that is both emotional and intelligent," said Sophie. "I like the selection of furniture, lighting, art, fixtures and fittings to be tangible and diverse in material and texture, layering books, plants and soft furnishings on top to create a convincing and homely space that has depth and character."

Interiors photography by Nick Guttridge.

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