Angus and Charlottte Buchanan’s Outside Residing Room and Kitchen in London


Angus and Charlotte Buchanan—the co-founders of London-based inventive design studio, Buchanan Studio—each grew up within the English countryside. Angus has vivid recollections of whole seasons spent open air: “My dad and mom are fairly relaxed and bohemian,” he says. “They created this complete exterior world.” Charlotte is extra direct: “Your mom is a die-hard romantic who’s extremely nostalgic,” she asserts. A tour of the Buchanan’s personal backyard reveals that the apple hasn’t fallen removed from the tree …

The Buchanans purchased their house in Harlesden, north west London, in 2020. They’d been hoping to depart town, however the logistics of operating their very own studio and elevating a younger household stalled the plan. As an alternative, they bought a good-looking—if fully uncared for—property that enabled them to tick off a few of the way of life adjustments they craved. They added a canine to their household, designed their kitchen round a gleaming Aga, and set about remodeling their city backyard right into a whimsical outside world.

Now in its third spring, their household house has settled right into a highly-anticipated rhythm that successfully sees their dwelling area broaden to the far reaches of their backyard. As they raised the canvas awnings on their outside room, we visited the Buchanan’s backyard and located a heady mixture of nostalgia, romance, and re-use on this unlikely city pocket of the capital.

Right here, eight design concepts to borrow from their yard oasis.

Images by Alicia Waite, courtesy of Buchanan Studio.

1. Let mature timber information your design.

A pear tree separates the outdoor kitchen area from the slightly raised seating and dining area in the outdoor room. Angus has trained roses to grow up the trunk and planted pony tail grasses at the base.
Above: A pear tree separates the outside kitchen space from the marginally raised seating and eating space within the outside room. Angus has educated roses to develop up the trunk and planted pony tail grasses on the base.

The view from the lavender-edged lawn to the house.
Above: The view from the lavender-edged garden to the home.