The artist Natasha Mann has used her Edwardian home as a canvas for her hand-painted designs

Behind the door of an unassuming Edwardian house in London, the artist Natasha Mann has created a richly patterned world of her own design
The artist Natasha Mann has used her Edwardian home as a canvas for her handpainted designs
Christopher Horwood

In the entrance a tricky L-shaped biomorphic frieze cascades overhead, each detail radiant with 24-carat gold leaf. On the sitting room wall hangs a hand-drawn geometric design from a collection Natasha produced while studying at the Prince’s School. One of the pieces, was selected by Prince Charles for the ‘Prince and Patron’ exhibition that marked his 70th birthday. A border painted by Natasha, reminiscent of the Art Nouveau period, wraps the room.

A close-up shot of the geometrical hand-painted artwork by Natasha, which was showcased in the Prince of Patron exhibition for Kings Charles's 70th birthday in collaboration with The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust.

While the house is an artistic canvas, it also has to function as a practical family home. The kitchen is airy and contemporary, though nods to historical pattern can still be found in the curtains which are in a fabric from Lewis & Wood’s collaboration with the muralist Melissa White, based on an Elizabethan design. In the bedrooms Natasha has begun to explore decorative folk art from Europe, ‘particularly the painted wooden furniture from central Europe and Sweden. I am also very inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement.’

Similarly, the children's bedrooms are rich with Ben Pentreath’s recoloured version of the William Morris classic ‘Willow’, and boxes are filled with hand-painted toys from around the world, in the hope of encouraging the children to make their own art with, 'purpose and individuality and the idea that they can make something themselves rather than buy something off the shelf.’