Loud colours, salvaged furniture, neon lights Theres never a dull minute in Kate Haxells home, meets Katie Forster
One of the first things you detect as you recruit Kate Haxells residence is the bendy staircase. The skill volume novelist and editor has knocked out half her stairs and rebuilt them with a 90 -degree corner, conducting down into the open-plan living neighbourhood 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 was one of many personal tweaks and bespoke pieces in the members of this house often the handiwork of her husband Philip, a situated developer and example 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 says. Your feet deposited to the bedroom carpet. The duo camped out upstairs while they knocked through walls below, choosing a different color for each room as they departed along.
Theyre cooler colours, but it doesnt feel cold, says Haxell. I would never, ever have a grey room. Unless you have amazing architectural allure, it reminds me of a cheap hotel.
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