Luke Edward Hall & Duncan Campbell’s flat via House & Garden UK is defined by their personal style. A favorite Instagram I follow comes to life!
If you have a look at artist and interior decorator, Luke Edward Hall’s charming online journal, you’ll quickly get an idea of his taste. Influenced by dusty country houses, mid-century architecture and colourful parasols on Italian beaches, his aesthetic is nothing if not eclectic. Having done a two-year stint working for Ben Pentreath, he’s recently ventured out on his own as an interior decorator. ‘My first project is the interior of a handsome Georgian house in Kent,’ explains Luke. He’s also dedicating more time to his very beautiful range of fabrics, cushions, prints and original artworks (sold through his website, 1stDibs and his current pop-up shop on Rugby Street!
Download free art by Luke: Things to put in frames: Luke Edward Hall
It’s of little surprise then that the north London flat he lives in with his partner, Duncan Campbell, takes the form it does. Duncan, 29, one half of creative consultancy Campbell-Rey, bought the one-bed Camden flat eight years ago when it was in a rather sorry state. ‘It had been rented out to students and I found it in a bit of a wreck,’ says Duncan. But the flat had ample potential, occupying the second floor of an impressive mid-nineteenth century house, which was split up into flats in the 1980s.
The heart of the flat is the large open-plan space, which incorporates the sitting room, kitchen and dining space. When Duncan moved in, pipes and wires were in strange places and the layout struggled to make the most of the space.
Duncan set about renovating and reconfiguring the space. ‘I had it rewired, re-plastered and put a new ceiling in the main living area,’ says Duncan. ‘I moved the kitchen out of the tiny nook in the corner and put seagrass flooring down in the main room. I made the nook into a study.’ Then a student, Duncan borrowed bits of furniture from his mother and kept the walls a safe white.
Luke moved in six years ago, and since then the flat has further evolved. Paint colours have become bolder, art has been added to the walls, curious pieces of furniture have been sourced and smart hardwood flooring has replaced the seagrass. ‘I think it’s normal that your taste evolves – we had much more classical furniture to start with, but it started to feel a bit too Victorian. It’s nice to mix the old with the new,’ says Luke.
One thing Luke and Duncan have really excelled at is making every inch of the three-room space work. It’s designed with careful consideration, but also with fun and a certain boldness.
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