The London home of these art lovers is a masterpiece in its own right
Soon after Fabrice Lachant and Tony Hilliard found their new home, plans were afoot to transform it. Fabrice, a painter and fashion photographer, had devoted considerable time to researching a look for the new interior. ‘ We were trying to find a house we could turn into a place that reflected our style and taste,’ he says. ‘At first I was doubtful, as the kitchen was dark and the garden was overgrown. I was brought up in Switzerland and I lived in Los Angeles, so I struggled to visualise this place with a bright, light interior. It was Tony who convinced me that we could make it work.’
planning the Look
Once the couple decided to buy, Fabrice began collecting a scrapbook of ideas. ‘We were keen to make the most of the space so, as well as knocking down walls, we decided to extend outwards and upwards to create an extra bedroom, bathroom and study,’ says Fabrice.
‘Our plans for the top floor meant we had to bring in quite a few steel beams to underpin the structure, but we felt it was worth the expense,’ he continues. ‘We also had to excavate the ground floor to increase the ceiling height at the rear.’
Once the roof had been raised and the top floor completed, Fabrice and Tony moved in, living largely in the new attic. They then worked on the rooms from the top down, doing them up as the work progressed. The layout of the first floor was rejigged to allow for a spacious main bedroom, en suite and connecting
sitting room ‘We were lucky to find a house with lots of the original features still in perfect condition,’ says Fabrice. For a similar sofa, try the oslo, from £799, Swoon. Gallotti & Radice Connection glass table, £1,056, Purves & Purves. oak yellowstone flooring, £69.50sq m, boenterrace the outdoor space was transformed into a sociable spot. Catania outdoor dining table, £299;Kitchen a sleek island defines the cooking zone. Kitchen cabinetry by Cesar arredamenti, price on request, Houselabdining area chairs in aqua add vitality to this modern scheme. eames dar upholstered dining chairs, £635 each; Flos arco floor lamp, £1,600, all Heal’s. eros dining table, £2,724, Purves & Purves 2