THE LIVING ROOM
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,