east meets west

Re­turn­ing to the UK af­ter liv­ing abroad, Sammy and Nim Harari filled their new home with bold colour and Asian el­e­gance

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - FEA­TURE Alix Bate­man | PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Rachael Smith

Years spent liv­ing in Thai­land in­spired one cou­ple to give their new home in Lon­don an Asian twist

Hav­ing sold his ad­ver­tis­ing agency and spent time trav­el­ling around Asia, Sammy Harari got mar­ried and set­tled down with his wife Nim on the is­land of Ko Sa­mui in Thai­land where he be­came in­volved in prop­erty devel­op­ment. The birth of Sasha, now 7, and Skye, 4, a few years later prompted the fam­ily to move back to the UK. ‘Our chil­dren were just get­ting to the age where we were think­ing about schools, and it seemed a good idea to have them ed­u­cated here,’ says Sammy.

The cou­ple knew pre­cisely where they wanted to live, which was in a Ge­or­gian ter­race on a par­tic­u­lar road in west Lon­don. So when a prop­erty came onto the mar­ket here, they put an of­fer in straight away. ‘ We pretty much bought it sight un­seen,’ says Sammy. ‘The story goes that the houses on the street were built as homes for the mistresses of prom­i­nent gen­tle­men. The size was just what we were look­ing for, but the lay­out wasn’t quite right, as the bed­rooms were on the ground floor and the sit­ting room was up­stairs.’

So the pair em­barked on a ren­o­va­tion project that would take more than a year to com­plete. ‘We had no de­sire to rush into any­thing,’ ex­plains Sammy. ‘The more plan­ning you can do right at the be­gin­ning, the fewer mis­takes hap­pen fur­ther down the line.’

For­tu­nately, the Hararis had the help of May Wong of May Ping De­signs. The in­te­rior de­signer, who lives

lo­cally, had col­lab­o­rated with Sammy on many of his in­ter­na­tional projects, so he felt con­fi­dent leav­ing her to over­see the ren­o­va­tion while he worked abroad.

The pri­or­ity was to make bet­ter use of the avail­able space, open­ing up the ground floor to im­prove the flow of the in­te­rior. ‘ We wanted the din­ing room to lead on to the kitchen and the kitchen to over­look the gar­den, which we’d planned to re-land­scape,’ ex­plains Sammy. Ad­di­tion­ally, a TV room would be lo­cated down­stairs and a more for­mal draw­ing room, mas­ter en suite, guest bed­room and bath­room up­stairs. The loft would house the chil­dren’s bed­rooms and bath­room.

‘Ideas for decor and fur­nish­ings came later,’ says Sammy. ‘I wanted quirky English mod­ern el­e­gance. As Nim and I are both ad­mir­ers of late de­signer David Collins’ in­te­ri­ors,’ bold colour fea­tures heav­ily on the ground-floor level. The din­ing room is painted pur­ple, with gold and lime green in the cur­tains and chair seats, while works of art are set against the dark blue walls in the draw­ing room. On the floor above, muted tones lend a rest­ful feel to the bed­rooms, with sub­tly tex­tured walls and del­i­cate pat­terned wall­pa­per.

Vin­tage fur­ni­ture blends in with the mod­ern aes­thetic, along­side fin­ish­ing touches with an East­ern her­itage. ‘ We’ve got the best of both worlds here,’ says Sammy. ‘A 200-year-old build­ing with a con­tem­po­rary in­te­rior, which also re­minds us of our time abroad.’

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