How a love of art, detail and stories shaped a couple’s home

Bold colours and carefully-curated artwork are an essential part of this decorative Victorian townhouse

Good bones in a building are essential,” says Ed Workman, “floor to ceiling height, one large room, good-sized windows, these are elements that can be difficult and expensive to change and should not be compromised.”

Fortunately, the home he shares with his wife, Alice, founder of the Creative Practice Agency, and their young sons, Arthur and Pip, has good bones, and plenty of them. From the street it appears rather humble, but behind the generous front door is a light-filled hallway hung with paintings by Alice’s grandfather, 20th-century artist, Cavendish Morton.

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