MOTHER OF REIN­VEN­TION

After a ma­jor makeover, Lau­ren Kil­gour’s home has a ro­man­tic feel—and a closet all will covet.

Flea Market Décor - - Contents - By Renée Green/ GAP In­te­ri­ors

The sweep­ing, ro­man­tic style of this home has us swoon­ing.

“It’s won­der­ful how you can take things out of their orig­i­nal con­text to rein­vent them.”

WHEN LAU­REN KIL­GOUR FIRST BOUGHT HER HOME,

she loved its cen­tral lo­ca­tion, but was not ini­tially en­am­ored with the 1970s de­sign. So she saved hard for a com­plete makeover, liv­ing in her home for two years be­fore em­bark­ing on a large ren­o­va­tion. For ex­am­ple, con­crete floors were swapped out for softer, painted wood sur­faces. “Hard­wear­ing gray floor paint on the floors will look even love­lier as it grad­u­ally wears away with use and age,” ex­plains Lau­ren. The bath­rooms were com­pletely re­done. Then there’s our fa­vorite change: a large walk-through closet that was made by in­te­grat­ing a small fourth bed­room. “Space is so pre­cious,” Lau­ren says. “I guess that’s why we are all so fas­ci­nated by it. Why stash clothes and shoes into the nooks and cran­nies of other bed­rooms? It should be a pri­or­ity when­ever pos­si­ble,” she says. She chose this glo­ri­ous closet over hav­ing ad­di­tional guest room space, not­ing that overnight guests are ac­tu­ally quite rare. When work­ing on her home’s new

de­sign, Lau­ren says she thought hard “about each room’s func­tion ... oth­er­wise it might end up be­ing a sadly ne­glected space.” Lau­ren is es­pe­cially proud of the ex­panded up­stairs land­ing, cour­tesy of mov­ing a bed­room wall. “Now the mag­nif­i­cent orig­i­nal spi­ral stair­case re­ally stands in its own right and is one of the iconic fea­tures of the house.” The stair­case is the cen­tral heart of this home. De­spite the stair­case’s del­i­cate façade, the fam­ily has man­aged to get heavy pieces of fur­ni­ture both up and down the stairs. It is mul­ti­func­tional, too, serv­ing as the per­fect perch for Lau­ren’s two cats. The home fea­tures Lau­ren’s vast col­lec­tion of vin­tage and re­claimed dé­cor and fit­tings. Most of her be­long­ings are, by her own ad­mis­sion, “a hodgepodge of un­re­lated items” col­lected over the years, from far and wide, in­clud­ing an­tiques mar­kets and char­ity

thrift shops. “I can’t remember the last time I bought a new piece of fur­ni­ture,” she says. “It used to be dan­ger­ous for any­one sit­ting in the back of my car; they’d in­evitably end up edged be­tween four huge shut­ters, a con­crete bust of a Greek god and a butcher’s block.” About that Greek god: The bust of Her­cules on the fire­place was res­cued from a sal­vage yard’s park­ing lot. His nose had been dam­aged by a car back­ing up, so the bust was heav­ily dis­counted. “He adds hugely to the at­mos­phere of the room,” says Lau­ren. She says she finds in­spi­ra­tion ev­ery­where. “It isn’t nec­es­sar­ily about spend­ing lots of money ei­ther. A bro­ken teapot and a chipped piece of flo­ral china can look so lovely. It’s won­der­ful how you can take things out of their orig­i­nal con­text to rein­vent them.” As a mother of rein­ven­tion, Lau­ren is al­ways mov­ing things around in her home. She re­cently got a new throw rug, for ex­am­ple, and says, “It’s amaz­ing how the ac­qui­si­tion of one piece can change ev­ery­thing.” She is even con­sid­er­ing cre­at­ing another walk-in closet for more stor­age space. “It’s al­ways ex­cit­ing to make im­prove­ments and move things around.” We couldn’t agree more.

op­po­site: THE RANGE HOOD was made for Lau­ren’s old house: “A year after we’d moved, I no­ticed it in the front gar­den, ready for dump­ing. I asked the own­ers if I could re­claim it.”

OPEN SHELVES dis­play Lau­ren’s col­lec­tions of vin­tage crock­ery and glass­ware.

LAU­REN’S EN­VI­ABLE CLOSET is not just a walk-in; it’s a walk­through that con­nects two rooms.

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