Meet the family
Lilian Lousky with husband Maurice, who, as company director of Tresor Paris, is also a colleague, with their 16-year-old twins Eleanor and Simon. The lone red sculptural chair Lousky is perched on provides one of her "occasional splashes of colour", along with the blue lights that twinkle on the striking staircase.
High gloss and open plan
The couple pushed out the ground-floor open-plan kitchen, dining and living space 13ft into the garden and added skylights, folding glass doors and huge windows for natural light. “I want to feel as if I’m in the Med,” says Lousky. The palette is classic black and white, with white walls and oversize white ceramic floor tiles on the ground floor. The kitchen features the GL4000 range from Décor Kitchens in NW3 and Miele appliances.
Dine in style
The dining table seats 20 comfortably, as Lousky enjoys entertaining. She has created two walls of mirrored pieces in the dining area and hall: “I’ve used lots of mirror and glass. On a sunny day, you feel as if you are outside when you are inside.” Underfloor heating and air conditioning make it a house for all seasons - the air-con niftily hidden in false ceilings.
Glass and crystal feature in fascinating detail at every turn - even the door handles are set with crystals. Tresor Paris created many of the pieces in the house. “People said, ‘Are you mad? How many crystals can you have in a house?’” Lousky laughingly admits.
Fun and games
Lousky and her husband turned the attic into a floor for their daughter and built a “back house” in the garden for a games room and guest accommodation. “Look,” says Lousky happily, revealing the guesthouse after we have walked across an AstroTurf football pitch. “The boys [Maurice and Simon] play snooker and table tennis here.”
The spiral staircase makes a grand statement, sweeping upwards from the enormous hallway. It has open treads and a handrail of oak with a wenge finish, matching the upstairs flooring, and a glass balustrade. It's the perfect place from which to admire the crystal chandelier-light feature hanging in the hallway, dropping 16 feet from the third floor to the ground.
Upstairs in the master bedroom, the bed is placed in the centre "to make the bedroom look different”. The bedhead is custom-made, with one side covered in velvet, while the other forms a dressing table that lights up. The walls are lined with white glossy Presotto wardrobes, some of which are mirrored so Lousky can see herself from all angles when she is getting dressed.
Splashing the colour
While black, white and grey are perfect elsewhere, the stunning, reflective blue mosaic tiles, gentle lighting and softly gleaming chrome fittings create a wonderfully soothing ambience and sense of blissful solitude in this bath and shower room.
The couple bought the house in 2010 and set about gutting it to create a home with family in mind. “It was in bad condition, musty with terrible carpet everywhere," says Lousky. "It hadn’t been touched for 15 years. It was exactly what I needed. I wanted a house I could do everything to. Soon, only the four external walls remained.”
Making an entrance
The front door was imported from Italy, chosen with care to match the many emphatic statements in this house. It is a huge, grand piece, nine feet high and five-and-a-half feet wide. “It’s the largest door you can get,” Lousky announces proudly. It's high security too, with special codes, chips and fingerprint recognition.