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feel,” Han­nah de­scribes. “South Kens­ing­ton and Chelsea are my two favourite bor­oughs and are both close to work.”

The cou­ple’s care­ful hunt for the per­fect home was well worth it. In­deed, they can now have the leisure of wak­ing up early for a stroll through Kens­ing­ton Gar­dens and Hyde Park be­fore Han­nah heads to her of­fice a brisk fiveminute walk away. “In the evenings we can cook at home or go out for din­ner,” she shares. “If we go out, we head to one of our favourite restau­rants, ei­ther Daphne’s in Kens­ing­ton or The River Café in Ham­mer­smith.” In de­sign­ing her home, Han­nah con­sid­ers tra­di­tional ar­chi­tec­ture, natural light, and enough space to en­ter­tain friends as her non-ne­go­tiables. The flat it­self fea­tures tra­di­tional Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture and huge win­dows along one side that al­low plenty of natural light to stream in. Each room is pur­posely dif­fer­ent in style and colour, and is meant to evoke dif­fer­ent moods. “The over­all de­sign does not ad­here to any par­tic­u­lar style of con­ven­tion,” she says, “but it is full of gifts from loved ones and ob­jects we have col­lected from trips around the world, placed around the home in a natural way.”

This eclec­tic guid­ing phi­los­o­phy helped Han­nah trans­form the space into some­thing youth­ful, sur­pris­ing, warm, and com­fort­able, and it ex­tends as well to her choice of de Gour­nay wallpapers for her pri­vate abode. Those in the liv­ing room, bed­room, and gue­stroom are all de­signs she worked on with her sis­ter Rachel, and she says the best part is see­ing the re­sults of their labour around her ev­ery day. “The wallpapers I chose for the flat re­flect my op­ti­mism for life,” re­veals Han­nah, “I like the chaos and have pur­posely avoided any­thing be­ing too thought out.”

She cites her bed­room wall­pa­per as her favourite, not only for its classic chi­nois­erie pat­tern painted on gilded sil­ver leaf pa­per, but also be­cause of its unique back­story. “De Gour­nay had a client who bought real sil­ver leaf wall­pa­per, but left it pack­aged in a hu­mid at­tic when she sud­denly had to move res­i­dences,” Han­nah re­counts. “When she came back for it 10 years later, the tar­nished ef­fect had been ac­cel­er­ated and the wall­pa­per had be­come the colour of burnt rose—al­most bur­gundy.” Next thing, mag­a­zines came rush­ing to fea­ture the house and or­ders for the wall­pa­per had the phone ring­ing off the hook, prompt­ing de Gour­nay to recre­ate the beau­ti­ful an­tique ef­fect of what is now one of their most loved de­signs.

Han­nah, who has free reign over the in­te­rior, also men­tions that the rooms are reg­u­larly trans­formed and for­ever evolv­ing. “De Gour­nay has al­lowed me to use my home as a test­ing ground so I can switch pieces from my home with those in our dis­plays, or with those from my fa­ther’s own col­lec­tions,” she shares. “This has made my home such an en­er­getic place to live, and an en­vi­ron­ment where I can sat­isfy my pas­sion for de­sign.”

Be­sides be­ing in­spired by cul­tures from around the world, the dé­cor in Han­nah’s flat is a tribute to what she has learnt from her fa­ther’s work. Hav­ing lived in spa­ces he dec­o­rated in Lon­don, Kent, and Croa­tia, Han­nah in­evitably de­vel­oped a pas­sion for bright and vi­brant in­te­ri­ors. To this day, fa­ther and daugh­ter scour flea mar­kets to­gether for an­tique pieces that they can re­store and use at work and at home. “Grow­ing up, I wit­nessed how much my fa­ther loved his work,” she says. “As a child, I felt so proud and pro­tec­tive of what he had cre­ated, and I knew I would

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