Who could possibly live in a lavish, perfectly contemporary home such as the Millbrae Residence, in North Western London? Just about anybody, according to London-based film and TV location agency 1st Option, which has the home featured as one of their most luxurious real life sets. Let us take the tour, then, revel in the home’s pitch-perfect design and discover all its exquisite decoration detailing. First off, the exterior announces that we are dealing with a quintessentially post-modern, minimalist home. The volumes are all sleek-lined cubes, dressed in light-toned wood, complimented with poured concrete and highlighted by glazed walls and picture windows. The garden is perfectly landscaped, with an infinitely green lawn, a trampoline for the little ones, an Asian-inspired circular stone tablet and a lap pool, reflected in the two-story day-and-night area glass wall. Inside the home, design details make virtually every space pop with color and personality. The branch on the dining room table creates an organic vibe to an otherwise very urban setting. The kitchen cabinets and appliances are built-in, and the kitchen island is impeccably illuminated. There is a recurrent floral motif throughout the house: white on black tree-like squiggles on the black living area walls, flourishing branches on the dressing room sliding doors in the master bedroom and, of course, the sheer black florally decorated tiles in the master bathroom. The children’s bedrooms are also a treat, laden with books and toys – they bring the home to life and are likely to inspire any creative professional considering the home as a potential shooting location.
Pictures and wall decals featuring children add a further layer of emotion to the home. There are several vintage-inspired pieces scattered about, such a square-faced wall clock in the kitchen or the ample glass lighting fixture in the living room. Glass also reappears to encase the interior staircase leading up to the first floor. The home’s pièce de resistence is definitely the deep-ocean green media room, basking in soft recessed lights and geared up with so much high-tech gadgetry it should be illegal. The Millbrae House definitely qualifies as an aspirational home, which is exactly what one wants to see in a film, TV series, commercial or music video, at the end of a long, hard day of work.