‘Open-plan living has its challenges!’
When they moved into this flat in a converted cardboard factory, Lisa Mistry and her husband Anand Patel were literally starting with a blank canvas…
“We’ll be hosting Christmas for the first time this year – now we have a dining table that’s big enough!”
After outgrowing their last home, Lisa Mistry and her husband Anand were attracted to this flat, which was part of a converted cardboard factory in Manchester’s city centre. Despite the place needing some serious work, the couple bought it in June 2016 and devised a grand plan to give the layout an overhaul before moving in.
‘We fell in love with it because of how much space it had, and its central location,’ says Lisa, ‘but the layout was all wrong, the ceilings needed lights, the whole place needed rewiring, and the flooring had been ruined by stiletto marks and needed levelling.’
The large open-plan living, dining and kitchen space was arranged over two levels, so the first job was to raise the floor and make it all one uninterrupted space. The kitchen was opened up and walls knocked down to enlarge the second bedroom. ‘The project took a year to complete and we moved into my parents’ house when we realised how much needed doing – we literally ripped the place apart!’ says Lisa. ‘We finally moved back in August 2017 and I love that the living space is now completely open plan. It’s so much lighter than before and extending the kitchen into the living area has given us a breakfast bar – another place to eat.’
With the main building work done, Lisa could turn her attention to the decor. ‘We’ve split the main space into three and made each area as cosy as possible,’ she says. ‘My style is very much about clean lines and a simple monochrome colour palette. I love Scandi style, with lots of natural textures and materials, so I’ve incorporated concrete and wood where I can. I created mood boards and found inspiration on Instagram, where I’ve charted our home progress at @loft208.’
I take inspiration from my travels. I’ve recently been to Copenhagen and loved the clean, simple style there”
Stay true to your own style. Looking at too many Pinterest boards confused me about what I liked”
“Planning permission took a long time, which became an issue because we had already ripped out most things in the flat! That was a bit of a mistake, but we’ll know for next time…”
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Lisa Mistry, a bank manager, lives here with her husband Anand, an operational director for a property management company.
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GEO tiles THE PLAIN KITCHEN WOULD LOOK BLAND WITHOUT THEM OAK CHOPPING BOARDS GIVE THE MINIMALIST KITCHEN A LITTLE WARMTH AND SOUL
Black rad STANDS OUTAS A DESIGN FEATURE AGAINST A WHITE WALL