This is an update to the Work In Progress posted last April when this maisonette was gutted and nothing but brick, concrete and steel. This the article in ACHICA posted by Kate Burt, acting editor:
A love of London’s cooler members’ clubs and bars was the design inspiration behind Suzanne Noble’s urban luxe maisonette. “I’m a big fan of the Soho House and Shoreditch House interiors,” explains ex-New Yorker, Suzanne, “and I wanted my house to have that same eclectic, lived-in look with a touch of modern.”
Suzanne who has just launched Frugl, a new daily app for free and cheap events in London, bought the flat last year, after her two sons flew the nest to go to university. “I wanted to create my dream property after living in a large, family house for twenty years,” she explains. And with the help of architect Simon Miller and interior designer Kelly Fannon, she made her dream a reality.
Beautiful big windows and lots of light are a pretty good foundation for any new home, but it’s been a long slog to get the place looking as slick as it does. “It was a complete wreck when I bought it,” says Suzanne, “and hadn’t been touched in 50 years. It was completely un-modernised, riddled with damp and in a very poor state.” The only things she was able to salvage were the stunning window shutters, which she restored. They make particularly elegant frames for the view across her garden.
The open-plan kitchen / living room becomes more colourful as you reach the seating area. Two rich orange vintage Parker Knoll chairs were left behind by the previous owners in the house Suzanne moved from, more than 20 years ago. She had them reupholstered in Designer’s Guild fabric. Above one is a striking piece of abstract art. “It was painted by a friend of mine who sadly passed away,” she says. “He was a graphic designer who used to do a lot of poster design for the National Theatre. He also played jazz piano and I was a singer and we met when we formed a duo performing jazz standards in wine bars.”
Now it’s all done, how is she finding her stylish new, empty nest? “It’s terrific!” she beams. “I loved being able to start again, designing a home essentially just for me – although my boys do come home for holidays and love having lots of friends over as they are just as proud of the place as I am. In fact, I think they’ve had more parties here than I have – but I intend to rectify that as soon as the weather improves!”
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