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
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, email@example.com.