In with the bold: The Insta-famous home of the design duo who are changing our approach to décor

When Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe viewed a derelict Victorian house with Pepto-Bismol pink walls and threadbare bright green carpets, they jumped at the potential it offered.

2LG Studio Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe
Jordan and Russell in the kitchen extension with their dachshund Buckley. Image: Megan Taylor

‘It was very romantic,’ remembers Russell. ‘The attic was filled with 1950s interiors magazines, featuring many of the colourful furnishings that had been originally used.’

But five years on, the couple – founders of interior design and creative consultancy 2LG Studio (which stands for two lovely gays) – have transformed the place.

2LG Studio living room
The elegant curved pale pink sofa was designed as part of a 2LG Studio collection for love-your-home.co.uk. The wall art is by 2lgstudio.com, the side table is from establishedandsons.com and the table lamp is by adamnathanielfurman.com. Image: Megan Taylor

Rose Theatre paint by Mylands – seen on the living room walls as well as the radiators and woodwork throughout – seems apt, given the pair’s background. They started as actors, with successful West End stage and TV careers, but decided to refocus on interior design. Yet TV came calling again in 2014 as they took part in the first series of BBC Two show The Great Interior Design Challenge, where they finished as runners-up.

2LG Studio bedroom
The Luca Bed was designed by 2LG Studio for love-your-home.co.uk, with cushions from the Forest Hill print collection, a collaboration between 2LG Studio and custhom.co.uk. The pendant lights are from tomdixon.net and the side tables from johnlewis.com. Image: Megan Taylor

Of the pink furniture and stronger pink tones around the doors, Jordan says, ‘People sometimes ask, “Why pink?” It can be a controversial colour in interiors but, to us, there is no such thing as pink for girls and blue for boys. Colour is about how you feel – don’t be afraid to use a bit of pink if it makes you smile.’

2LG Studio home office
A vintage desk was covered with recycled vinyl terrazzo from tarkett.com, and the blue lamp was made by the couple using their childhood toys from the 1980s. The Hag Capisco office chair is by flokk.com. The ceiling is painted in FTT-018, mylands.com. Image: Megan Taylor

When it comes to the style and furnishing of their home in Forest Hill, Southeast London, where Russell and Jordan live with miniature dachshund Buckley, they made an effort to change old habits. ‘Our previous homes were driven more by trends. In this home we wanted to embrace investment pieces that would stand the test of time and grow with the house,’ says Russell. With this in mind, the pair looked for classic wallpapers, carpets, furniture and lighting, which they designed with talented makers.

2LG studio dining room
Used for both entertaining and working, the eye-catching dining room provides ample Instagram material. The pale walls are painted in Threadneedle and the signature squiggle pink door trim, dubbed ‘lipstick for doors’, is FTT005, both mylands.com. Image: Megan Taylor

The same is true of their Insta-famous malachite green dining room, situated in the most wonderful part of the house, overlooking the garden. There, transformational storage and an exquisite marble terrazzo table, made in collaboration with surface designer Olivia Aspinall (olivia-aspinall.com), turns functional into glamorous. Throughout the house, spaces meet everyday needs with hidden fold-out desk compartments and concealed wardrobes.

2LG studio wardrobe
The hanging wardrobe system is part of the bespoke collection by 2LG Studio for John Lewis of Hungerford (john-lewis.co.uk). The cabinet is painted in Observatory, mylands.com. Image: Megan Taylor

Creative solutions to make the best of your home and help you find your interior style form the crux of their new book, Making Living Lovely (to be published by Thames & Hudson on 30 April).

2LG studio dressing table
‘We converted the spare room into a permanent dressing room and it gives us joy each day,’ says Jordan. The table was designed by 2LG Studio for John Lewis of Hungerford. The chair is a sample by Jaime Hayon for SE, reupholstered in kvadrat.dk fabric. Image: Megan Taylor

‘Russell is a firm believer in the storytelling – how each piece should link to a memory,’ says Jordan. This is illustrated by the blue lamp in the couple’s home office, made from their favourite childhood toys. Jordan focuses more on the visuals such as colours and shapes.

The overriding theme throughout? That interior design should be fun!

Get the look

Channel 2LG’s style with strong silhouettes, graphic prints and a confident colour palette

2LG Studio printScreen print, £50, insidestoreldn.com

Cushion, £70, curiousegg.com

Locker, £129, mustardmade.co.uk

Plant pot, £70.75, oyoylivingdesign.co.uk

Sofa, £749, dwell.co.uk

Candle, £39, insidestoreldn.com

Headboard, £545, oliverbonas.com

Sideboard, £72, amara.com

Floor lamp, £139, made.com

Tumblers, £40 for four, lsa-international.com

Ornament, £32, curiousegg.com

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