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The Lon­don home of these art lovers is a mas­ter­piece in its own right

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - Fea­ture Mandy nolan | pho­tog­ra­phy Robert San­der­son

Soon af­ter Fabrice Lachant and Tony Hil­liard found their new home, plans were afoot to trans­form it. Fabrice, a pain­ter and fash­ion pho­tog­ra­pher, had devoted con­sid­er­able time to re­search­ing a look for the new in­te­rior. ‘ We were try­ing to find a house we could turn into a place that re­flected our style and taste,’ he says. ‘At first I was doubt­ful, as the kitchen was dark and the gar­den was over­grown. I was brought up in Switzer­land and I lived in Los An­ge­les, so I strug­gled to vi­su­alise this place with a bright, light in­te­rior. It was Tony who con­vinced me that we could make it work.’

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Once the cou­ple de­cided to buy, Fabrice be­gan col­lect­ing a scrap­book of ideas. ‘We were keen to make the most of the space so, as well as knock­ing down walls, we de­cided to ex­tend out­wards and up­wards to cre­ate an ex­tra bed­room, bath­room and study,’ says Fabrice.

‘Our plans for the top floor meant we had to bring in quite a few steel beams to un­der­pin the struc­ture, but we felt it was worth the ex­pense,’ he con­tin­ues. ‘We also had to ex­ca­vate the ground floor to in­crease the ceil­ing height at the rear.’

Once the roof had been raised and the top floor com­pleted, Fabrice and Tony moved in, liv­ing largely in the new at­tic. They then worked on the rooms from the top down, do­ing them up as the work pro­gressed. The lay­out of the first floor was re­jigged to al­low for a spa­cious main bed­room, en suite and con­nect­ing

sit­ting room ‘We were lucky to find a house with lots of the orig­i­nal fea­tures still in per­fect con­di­tion,’ says Fabrice. For a sim­i­lar sofa, try the oslo, from £799, Swoon. Gal­lotti & Radice Con­nec­tion glass ta­ble, £1,056, Purves & Purves. oak yel­low­stone floor­ing, £69.50sq m, boenter­race the out­door space was trans­formed into a so­cia­ble spot. Cata­nia out­door din­ing ta­ble, £299;Kitchen a sleek is­land de­fines the cook­ing zone. Kitchen cab­i­netry by Ce­sar arreda­menti, price on re­quest, House­labdin­ing area chairs in aqua add vi­tal­ity to this mod­ern scheme. eames dar up­hol­stered din­ing chairs, £635 each; Flos arco floor lamp, £1,600, all Heal’s. eros din­ing ta­ble, £2,724, Purves & Purves 2

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