Loud colours, salvaged furniture, neon lights Theres never a dull moment in Kate Haxells home, procures Katie Forster
One of the first things you notice as you enter Kate Haxells home is the bendy staircase. The craft book novelist and editor has knocked out half her stairs and rebuild them with a 90 -degree corner, resulting down into the open-plan living area instead of towards the front door.
Usually, you walk into a house and the first thing you see is something telling you to go somewhere else, so we changed the shape of the staircase, says Haxell. It is just one of many personal tweaks and bespoke items in the house often the handiwork of her husband Philip, a situate builder and model maker.
When they bought the Victorian terraced house in Camberwell, south London 15 years ago, five male medical students had been living there. It was insanitary, she tells. Your feet stuck to the bedroom carpet. The couple camped out upstairs while they knocked through walls below, choosing a different shade for each room as they ran along.
Theyre cooler colours, but it doesnt feel cold, says Haxell. I would never, ever have a white room. Unless you have amazing architectural beauty, it reminds me of a cheap hotel.
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