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AFTER: Hughes left the exposed red brick as is, removed existing floor varnishes and had them re-stained and refinished. She left all of the original floor's irregularities and indentations. "My client loves the original floor's warping and the flat's large original windows," she says.
BEFORE: The floor shows its age, and the white fuse box sticks out and takes our attention away from the original floors and exposed brick walls. In the remodel, Hughes and her team painted the fuse box with blackboard paint, allowing it to blend with the new kitchen appliances and dark cabinetry.
BEFORE: Prior to the remodel, the kitchen was a clashing medley: a green backsplash and blue cabinetry take away any of the original unit's charm and character.
AFTER: Industrial lighting, black cabinetry from Ikea and a range cooker in onyx give the kitchen a fresh, contemporary-industrial look.
Hughes mixes old and new in the open plan kitchen, dining area and living room. She pairs a pre-loved German beer garden table and bench with vintage chairs found in Speedies Vintage. A lime green Ligne Roset Ruché sofa adds color and layers in more texture to the space.
"Despite the open floor plan, my client still cooks and doesn't mind when smells waft to other parts of the home. He has a big range cooker and an American sized fridge. There is always some sort of activity happening in this area, whether it’s cooking or entertaining," says Hughes.
Fridge: Gorenje; range cooker: Leisure; light pendants: Elemental Vintage