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Isabella Oliver founder's tangerine dream house

Vibrant and eclectic, Baukjen de Swaan Arons’ home is the perfect space for her family. It also reflects the design ideals behind her stylish clothing brand…


Posted: 2 September 2011
by Junior


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You might think you were in the countryside if it weren’t for the trains that trundle past the end of the garden on the North London line. Not that they’re a nuisance. “We were aware of the trains for about the first couple of weeks we lived here, but now we don’t notice them,” says Baukjen. “The children don’t pay attention to them either, except when the Orient Express whizzes past. Then we all rush to the window. Sometimes the train will stop for a few minutes and we’ll be able to see inside the carriage where people are eating their dinner. We wave to the passengers and they wave back.” But it’s not just passengers who notice the house. “One day, we had a knock on the door and there was a man standing there,” says Baukjen. “He said that he was a train driver who had seen all the work we had been doing on the house and asked if he could look inside.”

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