Within the space of a few months, this Lon­don ter­raced home was to­tally trans­formed with an ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion cre­at­ing light, open in­te­ri­ors now filled with the owner’s trea­sures and per­son­al­ity

Homes & Gardens - - CONTENTS - Words An­drée Frieze Pho­to­graphs Paul rae­side

Lively looks and quirky de­tails in a ren­o­vated Lon­don home.


The brick­work (above left) is an inch-deep façade with a white paint e≠ect. Its tex­tu­ral qual­ity sits per­fectly with the re­claimed pine floor­boards and aged brass cab­i­netry. Cara asked ar­chi­tect Ah­mad Abu-ghaida for an ex­ten­sion large enough for her din­ing ta­ble (above), which is crafted from the same tree used to make the sit­ting room shelves. Be­spoke Brass kitchen, Bert & May, bertand may.com. Ar­chi­tec­ture, A&A Ar­chi­tects, aanda.uk.com.


“One side of the stu­dio (left) is for busi­ness, the other is Holmesy’s man wing,” says Cara. Be­spoke stu­dio, Lon­don Gar­den Stu­dios, lon­don­gar­den­stu­dios.co.uk.


Cara de­cided this room needed some­thing a bit crazy so she had wavy lines painted on the floor (left and above). The colour­ful im­age above is by Moroc­can pho­tog­ra­pher Has­san Ha­j­jaj. “I use my home as an art gallery for my busi­ness, Lu­mitrix,” says Cara, but at least half of the pieces on dis­play are from her pri­vate col­lec­tion of pho­tog­ra­phy. The work above the fire­place (above right) is by Susan Derges, who spe­cialises in cam­era­less pho­tog­ra­phy. Paint ef­fect, John Har­ra­gan, john­har­ra­gan.co.uk.

Sim­i­lar art­work, Has­san Ha­j­jaj, has­san­haj­jaj.com. Anna cab­i­net in bleached oak, £3,531, Ju­lian Chich­ester, ju­lianchich­ester.com. Art­work,

Susan Derges, su­sanderges.com.


Dur­ing the re­fur­bish­ment, Cara gave birth to her son and her builder said she would need a stair gate (right). “I didn’t want a plas­tic one so I got him to make a rus­tic de­sign us­ing thin branches of birch,” she ex­plains. Be­spoke her­ring­bone run­ner in Aqua­ma­rine and Cream with Orange con­trast bind­ing, Van­der­hurd, van­der­hurd.com. Build­ing work,

Greg Build­ing Ser­vices, grzsad21@gmail.com.

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