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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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The house needed lots of work. “Sadly, it had got to a stage where the old lady couldn’t take care of it any more,” says Geoff. “She used to keep cats and there was one room which they’d used as a toilet. It was just filthy.” But Baukjen and Geoff could see the house had potential and so they set to work. All the dusty carpets were pulled up, the floorboards painted and polished and a new poppy-patterned carpet laid in the hall and up the staircase. On the ground floor, they removed a dividing wall to create one long space stretching right back to the new kitchen extension.

The kitchen is both stylish and functional. Lights are suspended from cool, telegraph-style wires and can be slid around to shed light on a chosen spot. In one corner hangs an Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair, perfect for curling up in with a book, while in another corner there’s a wood-burning stove. There are clever storage solutions too. One wall has a bank of wooden cupboards concealing crockery and glasses. And the blackboard where the family list their daily activities slides away to reveal a cavernous larder stacked high with provisions. 

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