Explore this gorgeous London maisonette filled with French flair

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In 1990, before budget airlines made southern France easily accessible to Brits, the owner bought a property in a sleepy little town, transforming it from a wreck ‘inhabited by a horse and two wild dogs’ into a comfortable family home. She has moved nine times since and, on each occasion, prized pieces of that French retreat have moved with her. Not only larger armoires, but also smaller elements such as doors and handles have found space wherever she has lived. Her latest home, a vibrant maisonette in west London, is no exception and embodies the interior-designer owner’s eclecticism.

‘Coincidentally, the flat had belonged to an interior designer for 30 years,’ she says. ‘I liked its feel, but the layout needed rethinking to introduce more light and make it practical.’ Task one was to turn the first-floor sitting room into an open-plan kitchen-diner. Next, several light-blocking walls were removed downstairs to create an en-suite bedroom for the youngest of her grown-up daughters, who lives with her, and a compact sitting room with Gallic echoes in its scheme.

Similar structural changes have taken place elsewhere in the property – the bathroom now leads to a new dressing area and, opposite, a section of wall was removed to create a new entrance for the master bedroom.

Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner
Image credit: Serena Fokschaner

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