It was the southern hemisphere style garden, designed by a New Zealander, with bamboo, Lancewood and banana plants that first appealed to the owners of this spacious apartment in an early Victorian house in north London. Inside was just as good - they found original windows and plasterwork and a curved and extended kitchen leading out onto a large wooden deck area plus 3 reception rooms on the ground floor. Below at garden level are three bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, providing ample space for a young family with 2 small children. The couple both work in the music business and fill their shelves with related items. Their style is somewhat colonial, parquet floors, early 20th century furniture, African items and things found while travelling - they prefer natural materials like leather and skins, wood and canework. This is an individual interior where character wins over designer mix and match rules.