We’re loving this cool converted factory home where luxe styling combines with an urban edge
Hot-house plants flourish amongst floral art and opulent finishes in
this exotic hideaway of a converted paint factory home. It’s the last
thing you expected to find, tucked away amongst the kebab shops and
minicab offices in a gritty part of north London. ‘It’s how I imagine
Bali in the 1970s. It’s where I can leave all my cares at the door,’
says the owner.
A hint of faded glitz and bygone glamour contrast with the raw concrete and steel of the factory’s bones. The owner’s style icon is Dorothy Draper. ‘I just love all that “Hollywood Regency” with its graphically patterned floors, strongly shaped furniture and glamorous gold detailing,’ she says.
‘I use gold where other people use white. It’s my neutral! and it gives instant warmth, richness and an aura of glamour to everything,’ says the owner. She’s not exaggerating. You’ll see it everywhere – in metallic sculptures, lighting fixtures, chairs, frames….
The owner commissioned a fairground signmaker in Brighton to make her ‘Love Forever’ sign. ‘Everyone needs a neon sign in their life,’ she says. ‘I love their modernity and the glow they emit. They add warmth and interest to a plain space, giving a whole new meaning to ‘‘light entertainment”.’
The metal shelving units are not just storage but work as room dividers too. Salvaged from an old patents office, their utilitarian look – sturdy with a slightly downtrodden is what she loves and a perfect fit for the space.
The antique bed is a little piece of theatre. ‘I brought this bed from my old house, where it hardly fitted the space, now there is plenty of room, and it’s found its natural home.’