Sometimes, even the art world itself can be an impressionist blur of auctions, collectors and beautiful objects changing hands. But when the pieces settle, they can look like this. Brondesbury Villas is eclectic, more than a little eccentric and consummately cool. Done with a gallerist's eye, 1950s chandeliers make a quirky companion to furniture both formal and retro, while Buddha statuettes meet exotic sculptures. The tall windows are stylishly shuttered, and all is framed by high ceilings and original plasterwork. From Regent's Park to Lord's cricket ground, Queen's Park is full of choice finds of its own.
A young couple, your hosts are rather crazy about culture. He is a twentieth century decorative arts dealer, she is in advertising, and they love to travel most recently to India. When they're not adorning their home with their favourite pieces, you'll find them jogging in the local park, or out surfing.
Original both in its features and fantastic selection of artwork, this home is a visual treat. The ceilings are high and corniced, the windows big and shuttered, the furniture at once old-fashioned and maverick. Step into the sitting room and squash into the sofa or elegant chaise longue. An outre 1950s chandelier hangs overhead, and you've a period desk, ornate fireplace and coffee table brimming with art books and periodicals. The well-stocked kitchen is enlivened by more modern art and retro lighting, with dining space for two.
In this gallery, no one need go home at closing time. Indeed, you'll find the bedroom hung with more fine art, its sash windows shedding sunlight onto well-bred furniture and artistically scuffed radiators. The bathroom is bright, spotlessly white and surveyed by a striking eastern sculpture.
You'll find delis, pubs and cafes clustered around Queen's Park, or you can turn the other way for fabled Abbey Road and St John's Wood. If cricket is your game, you must look in on Lord's, while Regent's Park, with its ornamental ponds and graceful gardens, is a real beauty. At some point, you'll want to check out the gallery scene in town and you can do so in no time. The tube from Kilburn Park to Oxford Circus takes only fifteen minutes.