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Somerville Scott designer's stylish mansion flat

On the penthouse floor of a mansion block, furniture designer Amy Somerville has created a chic family home with the delights of city life right on the doorstep


Posted: 1 September 2011
by Junior


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Too many of the mansion flats Amy had viewed had huge halls and miniscule bedrooms. After Amy and Lorne bought the flat in 2003, they took a year to renovate it, but with the exception of moving a wall or two, they have kept to the original Thirties layout. Amy recalls that the interior hadn’t been touched since the Seventies – there were dropped ceilings, shagpile carpet, smoked mirrors and silk wallpaper aplenty. 

She was keen to create a sophisticated home, that was also child-friendly. But Amy also made a deliberate decision to adopt a Thirties aesthetic. She started by picking really beautiful, yet highly practical surfaces: a new parquet floor was laid in the main living areas and in the kitchen there is tough terrazzo on the floor and carrera marble for the worktops. Does Amy ever worry about scuffs? “I’m not precious about things in that way at all,” she says. “If the children want to lie on the floor and draw, that’s fine by me.” 

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