A STUDY IN DE­SIGN

A ver­sa­tile sit­ting room al­lowed the owner of this Lon­don home to have the life­style he craved

25 Beautiful Homes - - CONTENTS - FEA­TURE Jen­nifer Gould­ing PHO­TOG­RA­PHY Paul rae­side

Things have turned out just as Se­gun Faboye­gun hoped they would when he and his fam­ily moved home a cou­ple of years ago. Look­ing around his house, it is not hard to see why. Se­gun, his wife, Bola, and their grown-up chil­dren, Ay­o­mide and Oluwaseun, live in an en­vi­able spot in Chelsea, in a Grade Ii-listed col­lege that was sen­si­tively con­verted into apart­ments and houses dur­ing the early Noughties.

Some years ago, Se­gun was seek­ing a new home for his fam­ily, as they had out­grown their flat in Mar­ble Arch. ‘I wanted some­thing larger, with green space for the chil­dren,’ he says of the search that led him to the Chelsea de­vel­op­ment. ‘At first I thought it was too far from the city cen­tre,’ he says, but he was won over by the show apart­ment de­signed by the late He­len Green – so much so that he bought it.

In re­cent years, Se­gun ex­changed the show apart­ment for a house in the same de­vel­op­ment. ‘I wanted a pri­vate out­side space where we could en­joy the sun­shine that we oc­ca­sion­ally get in this coun­try,’

he says. The place had not been dec­o­rated since the orig­i­nal con­ver­sion, so it was ripe to be re­freshed – and He­len Green De­sign was the ob­vi­ous choice. ‘I like how their de­signs are con­tem­po­rary but not ul­tra-mod­ern,’ says Se­gun.

Laure Chau­dan­son was part of the team re­spon­si­ble for this trans­for­ma­tion. ‘Se­gun and Bola love to en­ter­tain, so we needed to cre­ate a com­fort­able fam­ily home that was stylish enough for re­ceiv­ing vis­i­tors at cock­tail hour,’ she says. ‘There’s no base­ment and as it’s a listed build­ing, we weren’t in a po­si­tion to cre­ate one, which meant that the for­mal sit­ting room also had to work as a re­laxed fam­ily area.’

Thanks to the build­ing’s prove­nance as a col­lege, the room is im­pres­sively large, which gave the team scope to cre­ate a scheme that strikes the per­fect bal­ance. It in­cludes clever de­sign trick­ery, such as tub chairs set on swivel bases that al­low the fam­ily to face into the room or to­wards the TV, con­cealed in a cabi­net that one ex­pects to con­tain drinks.

Through­out, high ceil­ings and small, high-level win­dows are a re­minder that the build­ing was not orig­i­nally meant to be lived in. It made choos­ing fur­ni­ture with the right pro­por­tions chal­leng­ing, there­fore al­most ev­ery­thing was made be­spoke. These per­fectly con­ceived pieces are off­set by care­fully sourced ac­ces­sories.

Beau­ti­ful though these ob­jects may be, Se­gun says that the strong point of the house is the life­style it af­fords him, be it a for­mal busi­ness din­ner party or a fam­ily bar­be­cue on the out­door ter­race – when the weather co-op­er­ates, of course.

FOR­MAL SIT­TING ROOM Shim­mer­ing metal­lic hues give this space a sense of glam­our, while rich, pat­terned tex­tiles of­fer a ground­ing coun­ter­point. In­te­rior de­sign by He­len Green de­sign. Be­spoke silk and wool rug, price on ap­pli­ca­tion, Sin­clair Till

KITCHEN Glass-fronted cab­i­nets with mir­rored backs bounce light around to com­pen­sate for the lack of win­dows in this space. Medium good­man hang­ing lamp in bronze, $840, Cir­ca­light­ing.com

DIN­ING ROOM ‘This is my favourite room,’ says Se­gun. ‘As soon as I looked at the pro­posed scheme, I said “Go for it.”’ Plain grey silk wall­cov­er­ing in ele­phant, £114sq m, Fro­men­tal

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