open house

Car­rie and Eoin He­gan rein­ter­preted their favourite el­e­ments of ware­house liv­ing in a Vic­to­rian fam­ily home

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture jo LEEVERS pho­tog­ra­phy FIONA WALKER-ARNOTT

These home­own­ers recre­ated a spa­cious ware­house look in their East End Vic­to­rian maisonette

Car­rie He­gan’s first taste of ware­house liv­ing was her hus­band Eoin’s old bachelor pad – a con­verted fac­tory space in East Lon­don. A few years on, when the cou­ple set up home to­gether in a Vic­to­rian townhouse, they fondly re­mem­bered the re­laxed vibe of open-plan liv­ing. ‘When we moved here, the first floor was three rooms, but it was al­ways our in­ten­tion to knock them into one large space,’ says Car­rie. ‘ We had be­come used to the light, airy and easy feel of ware­house liv­ing, so wanted to recre­ate it here in a more re­fined way.’

A few years on, the cou­ple were ready to con­vert the three rooms into one, as well as add a loft ex­ten­sion. Now, their beloved ur­ban el­e­ments – bare brick walls, wood floor­ing and old-school brass­ware – are set against shapely Mid-cen­tury fur­nish­ings and state­ment lighting for a gen­tler ver­sion of the look.

Car­rie has an eye for vin­tage and in­trigu­ing finds, which add plenty of per­son­al­ity to the open-plan space. She and Eoin gained a mas­ter suite from the new loft space, with floor-to­ceil­ing bi­folds stretch­ing across the back wall. This room was cre­ated from scratch, but re­work­ing the first floor proved more of a chal­lenge. ‘This used to be a skinny kitchen and a din­ing room with a hatch at the front, and a sel­dom-used liv­ing room at the back,’ ex­plains Car­rie. Tom Phillips, head de­signer at Phillips De­sign Stu­dio, helped the cou­ple re-imag­ine the space and sug­gested mov­ing the kitchen to the back of the house where light floods in through a high win­dow. ‘This opened up the lay­out,’ says Car­rie. ‘The kitchen now gets lots of light, while the liv­ing and din­ing ar­eas have views over a park at the front.’

The ex­ten­sion and ren­o­va­tions started in Jan­uary 2015, by which time Car­rie was preg­nant with Ethan, now 18 months

old. Nat­u­rally, the work over-ran, so Car­rie’s first weeks of ma­ter­nity leave were far from re­lax­ing. ‘In­stead of putting my feet up, I got wo­ken up early ev­ery day by the builders and then headed out for most of the day to es­cape the dust and bang­ing,’ she says. How­ever, the up­side was that Car­rie was on-site to make the fi­nal de­ci­sions and man­age those fin­ish­ing touches.

A few weeks af­ter Ethan was born, the fam­ily could make the most of their new bright and wel­com­ing bed­room. ‘In the sum­mer we push the doors back com­pletely,’ says Car­rie. ‘On a week­end morn­ing, our en­tire room can be open to the fresh air.’

Car­rie’s style evolved as the ren­o­va­tion pro­gressed. ‘I love how just be­ing in Lon­don means you are ex­posed to all kinds of in­spi­ra­tion,’ she says. ‘I get ideas from trips to flea mar­kets, art ex­hi­bi­tions and cafés and bars, which show­case up and com­ing trends. It means that you can just soak it all up.’ The lights over the kitchen is­land are a case in point. ‘Eoin and I got chat­ting to a cof­fee shop owner in Soho and I asked her where she’d bought her lights. She was able to put me on to her sup­plier. The peo­ple you meet can be a fan­tas­tic source of in­spi­ra­tion, along­side in­te­ri­ors mag­a­zines and Pin­ter­est,’ she adds.

A self-con­fessed bar­gain hunter, Car­rie sourced al­most every­thing her­self, from re­claimed brass­ware taps to the Mid-cen­tury Dan­ish and French fur­ni­ture. ‘When I look around our home, there’s a sat­is­fac­tion in know­ing where I tracked down each item. For ex­am­ple, the liv­ing room rug was hag­gled for in Morocco and my favourite vin­tage jar was bought from a French mar­ket on our hon­ey­moon.’ Through­out this home, per­sonal touches bring a warmth to the bones of ware­house liv­ing that make Car­rie and Eoin feel right at home.

sit­ting room Vin­tage trea­sures mixed with mid-cen­tury shapes cre­ate a fresh, fam­ily-friendly liv­ing space. Sim­i­lar rug, from £330, Rock­ett St Ge­orge. Art­work, from £370, Dan Hil­lier at nelly Duff. Vin­tage Pierre Van­del cof­fee ta­ble, about £500, ebay

din­ing area the cou­ple’s ar­chi­tect sug­gested mov­ing the din­ing area to this corner with its view of the park. Sim­i­lar vin­tage teak cabi­net, £275, Layer. Sim­i­lar brass lamp, £95, Cox & Cox

mas­ter bed­room a wall of bi­fold doors floods this newly cre­ated loft space with sun­light in the morn­ings. sim­i­lar vin­tage Jindřich Hal­a­bala chair, £500, ret­ro­spec­tive in­te­ri­ors. still life art­work, £325, aida at nelly duff. su­per king-size bed, £749, feather & Black

ethan’s bed­room Quirky an­i­mals and sim­ple scandi mo­tifs add per­son­al­ity to the scheme. cush­ions, £30 each, ferm liv­ing. artemis print, £19.95, Jamie Mitchell at ohh deer

bath­room a roll-top bath and wood floor add a note of el­e­gance. sim­i­lar bath, £2,975, drum­monds

en suite brass­ware cre­ates a con­trast against plain white walls. Pol­ished brass taps, £915, le­froy Brooks

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