THE LIV­ING ROOM

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re­tains its sense of grandeur with the orig­i­nal fire­place, cor­nice and ar­chi­trave. A com­fort­able sofa is home to piles of cush­ions in color­ful tex­tiles while a retro leather chair and cof­fee ta­ble add a dash of sleek, disco-era glam to the fire­side. Claire and Bob’s col­lec­tion of art and col­lectibles adorn the man­tel, pro­vid­ing plenty of con­ver­sa­tion starters when guests visit.

De­scrib­ing their home as “color­ful, eclec­tic and a bit bonkers in parts,” Claire is largely re­spon­si­ble for the quirky and ec­cen­tric dé­cor that has de­vel­oped or­gan­i­cally since the cou­ple first moved into their home. “We haven’t tried to achieve any par­tic­u­lar look or feel,” she says. “We have sim­ply bought and cho­sen things we love.” Claire is the first to ad­mit that she can some­times go a bit over the top with em­bel­lish­ments, like rib­bons and tas­sels, but her en­thu­si­asm and nat­u­ral tal­ent have com­bined to cre­ate a unique fam­ily home for the cou­ple and their two young chil­dren. Claire and Bob first fell in love with the apart­ment, in a con­verted Ed­war­dian build­ing, be­cause of its wide en­trance hall and lofty high ceil­ings. They viewed the fact that it needed a com­plete style over­haul as the ideal op­por­tu­nity for them to make their in­di­vid­ual mark on it. The big­gest struc­tural change they made was open­ing up the kitchen into the liv­ing room, cre­at­ing an open-plan liv­ing and din­ing space that still re­tains a sense of the sep­a­rate, while be­ing linked by a large arch­way. The se­cret? Color­ful geo­met­ric wall­pa­per has given the kitchen a dis­tinct sense of space, sep­a­rat­ing it from a re­laxed fam­ily room with free­stand­ing units and plenty of vin­tage fur­ni­ture.

“Bob and I have dif­fer­ent tastes, but be­tween his de­sign ethos and my eclec­tic busy style,

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