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When Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio were recently tapped to bring their signature witty interiors, candy-colored palette, and modern style to an Edwardian-era home in southeast London, the clients knew exactly what they would do with the pair of rooms at the front of the historic property. 

Chair and Table Set, EcoBirdy at Goodee; Wall Sconces, Swedish Ninja. Photography by Megan Taylor

As parents of three kids under age 6, their vision was to turn the light-filled area into a whimsical playroom complete with a giant Scandi-style treehouse (what better way to use up those soaring ceilings?). “It’s like a den taken to the max,” says Whitehead, laughing. “We knew their taste, but we wanted to push them out of their comfort zone further. They entrusted us hugely,” adds Cluroe.

Jordan Cluroe (left) and Russell Whitehead of 2LG Studio. Wall Tile, Maitland and Poate; Mirror, By Mater at Connox; Bespoke Pendant Light, 2LG for Cameron Design House. Photography by Megan Taylor

And so up went a 9-foot birch climbing frame complete with squiggly slide, below which recycled vinyl flooring acts as a cushion. “We got a big roll and then cut a shape into it ourselves. It sets down just like a mat,” explains Whitehead of the inexpensive wonder material. (In another crafty—albeit high-design—move, Whitehead hand-drew and screen-printed a pink loopy wallpaper in collaboration with Custhom Studio that appears in the hallways.) 

Sofa, Love Your Home; Chairs, Gubi; Cabinet and Side Table, 2LG for Made; Wall Shelf; Kriptonite; Pendant Light, AndLight; Wall Sconce, Spark and Bell; Paint (on ceiling), Mylands. Photography by Megan Taylor

Dedicating significant square footage to a kid zone meant that the lounge across the hall remains positively grown-up, with a cocktail cabinet and DJ decks—though the candy-striped pendant light and squiggly sofa (a favorite 2LG motif) keep things from getting too serious.

Chairs, Edit. Photography by Megan Taylor
Pendant Lamp, Petite Friture; Custom Cabinetry, 2LG x John Lewis of Hungerford. Photography by Megan Taylor
Sofa, Ligne Roset; Seat, Sabine Marcelis for Hem; Rug, Floor Story; Paint, Farrow & Ball; Art by Daniel Eatock. Photography by Megan Taylor

Toggling between fun and function carries over in the serene kitchen, where powder blue arched cabinets bookending the sink create storage and a sleek architectural detail (the pantry and utility room tucked just out of sight provide more behind-the-scenes organization). Cluroe cites the zigzag pink tiled wall in the adjoining sitting area as another clever design moment: “Although it’s a hard material, it almost looks like fabric.”

Chair, 2LG for Made; Pendant Lamp, Audo. Photography by Megan Taylor
Bed, Leander; Paint, Mylands. Photography by Megan Taylor

Likewise, wallpaper in the kids’ bedrooms features hand-applied metallic fragments that artfully catch the light—without being too cutesy. Longevity, as Cluroe notes, was top of mind when creating a timeless base throughout the home: “[The clients] wanted something they could make changes to in the future. The small beds look really playful, but you could easily swerve into a more teenage feel [with different furniture].” 

Headboard, Love Your Home; Wall Sconces, Swedish Ninja; Custom Side Tables with tops by Smile Plastics; Paint, Mylands. Photography by Megan Taylor

True to form, Cluroe and Whitehead got creative with repurposing old toys the kids had outgrown but that still held meaning, using Gorilla Glue to make a rainbow “wreath” of plastic paraphernalia around a mirror that looks just as cool in a non-kid-dedicated space. (Another easy DIY artwork: the framed woodland scene in the alcove that’s actually a sheet of mounted gift wrap.)

Tub, Bette; Stool, Galvin Brothers. Photography by Megan Taylor
Sink, Bette; Faucets, Vola; Custom Mirrors. Photography by Megan Taylor

In the kids’ shared bathroom, a poured resin floor creates a threshold-free surface that’s a dream to clean—so bubbles can spill over in the enormous baby blue tub without much worry. And really, blurring the lines between grown-up fun and child’s play is what the home is all about.