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In London, Revisiting a Childhood Home

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Louisa Parris resides in this South London home with her husband, Chris Duggan and their 11-month-old son, Art. Though they moved into the space in 2012, this is not Louisa’s first time living here. She actually spent half her childhood in this Grade II listed flat. (In the UK, a Grade II flat is a building that has been placed on the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, meaning that it must not be altered or demolished without special permission from the local planning authority). Louisa and Chris had just come back home after living in San Francisco for over six years, where Chris worked at Apple as an associate creative director and Louisa worked as a fashion designer and taught at The Academy of Art University. Upon moving back to London, they bought this flat from Louisa’s father. They have made the space their own by keeping it simple with lots of white gloss and minimal decor, allowing their art, books and furniture to imbue the space with color. Louisa has been running her own fashion label for the last 3 years, focusing on evening wear and accessories while also working with her sister Georgia Parris on fashion films. Thank you Louisa and Chris and special thanks to Elaine Perks for the photos! -Shannon

Image above: The fireplace got stolen the day my parents bought the place 20 years ago, they had to have a copy made. The painting above is my by my mother Cherrill Parris-Fox, she is a painter and fashion illustrator.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek Yellow Tolix stools are from my studio which we bought in San Francisco. My parents put the kitchen floor down – it's from an old gymnasium. We recently just took off all the varnish and sanded it right back to match the parquet flooring in the sitting room.
Image above: Yellow Tolix stools are from my studio which we bought in San Francisco. My parents put the kitchen floor down – it’s from an old gymnasium. We recently just took off all the varnish and sanded it right back to match the parquet flooring in the sitting room.

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Design*Sponge Sneak Peek We have three landings, each with a blank wall on them, so we built bookcases on each to house all of our books and random objects. What's nice is that it feels like one really tall set of shelves going through the floors.
Image above: We have three landings, each with a blank wall on them, so we built bookcases on each to house all of our books and random objects. What’s nice is that it feels like one really tall set of shelves going through the floors.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek Our ceiling light is a hand-spun aluminium beauty by our good friends Oli and Ben at Rest. Newly acquired dining chairs by Kartell. It took us 6 months to finally decide on these. We only had two chairs in the whole place for nearly a year – everything else was still in the shipping container.
Image above: Our ceiling light is a hand-spun aluminium beauty by our good friends Oli and Ben at Rest. Newly acquired dining chairs by Kartell. It took us 6 months to finally decide on these. We only had two chairs in the whole place for nearly a year – everything else was still in the shipping container.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek This dresser was a find in Hastings – filled with my collection of "Homemaker" china – and it has a great little surface that pulls out of the center section.
Image above: This dresser was a find in Hastings – filled with my collection of “Homemaker” china – and it has a great little surface that pulls out of the center section.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek New and old appliances, some that we saved from the delicatessen that my parents used to run. Simple, bent metal cabinet handles that we had made and real brick piers to break up the straight lines.
Image above: New and old appliances, some that we saved from the delicatessen that my parents used to run. Simple, bent metal cabinet handles that we had made and real brick piers to break up the straight lines.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek These 'Kokeshi' figures are by our very talented friend Mark Giglio, who lives in Oakland, California. We just bought some more of his work – "Forest of Woods," a 15-piece set, seen on the bookcase.
Image above: These ‘Kokeshi’ figures are by our very talented friend Mark Giglio, who lives in Oakland, California. We just bought some more of his work – “Forest of Woods,” a 15-piece set, seen on the bookcase.

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Image above: This was a San Francisco pavement sale find. It’s an old dressing table seat which I had recovered in red vinyl. It sits under René Gruau-illustrated magazine ads that Chris gave me for my birthday one year.

Design*Sponge Sneak Peek My favorite room in the house – a tiny bathroom, with a Thomas Crapper-style toilet and Cole & Son Palm Jungle wallpaper. I'm a big fan of la Savonnerie soaps from Amsterdam. They come in the most stunning colours.
Image above: My favorite room in the house – a tiny bathroom, with a Thomas Crapper-style toilet and Cole & Son Palm Jungle wallpaper. I’m a big fan of la Savonnerie soaps from Amsterdam. They come in the most stunning colours.

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Image above: Our bedroom we have deliberately kept very simple and empty so that it’s calm and relaxing.

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Image above: This vintage tallboy dresser we picked up in Crystal Palace, along with the 60s mirror.

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Image above: A huge rail of gowns and costumes for an up-and-coming short film my sister is directing. It’s called “A Moment to Move” and, after securing funding on Kickstarter, we shoot this week in Brixton.

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Image above: Albert & Stanley are in the cot, sitting on sheets by Pottery Barn Kids. The painting on the top shelf is another by my mum and Art is adjusting the radiator to the left of the shot.

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Image above: Ikea bookshelves showing a mix of very old family books with some lovely new ones Art has been given.

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Image above: We are trying to hold back on the plastic for as long as possible! Wooden is not always these easiest to find, but Art has a great collection of bright and bold toys, and great to see some old classics still around that we had as a kid.

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Image above: The hexagon tiles we put down as a little nod to our old Californian bathroom. The chair is by Dryad (an early-20th century Arts & Crafts company), it’s a second-hand shop find which was given to Chris a birthday present and which we’ve kept as it was found.

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Image above: Work in progress – it will soon be white gloss and grey walls! We got the Marble cut for the splash back, and above is a 60s Danish mirror found at ‘The Old Cinema London‘. Milk glass lamps from Holloways of Ludlow.

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Image above: My current little office on the mezzanine that my parents put in. They went up into the attic eves to do this. On the bannisters is my most recent collection of silk twill scarves. Goosey, our beloved nightlight, is still going strong after nearly 30 years.

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24 Comments

Kristin S

Sublime and peaceful with a sweet baby to make it even more homey! The fireplace is amazing and I love the collection of beautifully illustrated books.

Pat schwab

You should go to the links and check out her two short films, they are gorgeous. Pat S

EllieA

I’ve never left a comment, but this beautiful and calm family home and work place is inspiring. Thank you.

Sarah

Really like this home, it has a nice feel and love some of the elements like the mid-century dresser and the mirror in the bathroom. LOVE that little bath with the snazzy wallpaper! ;-)

katie

What a beautiful home. Great style and the shutters look amazing. Good luck keeping the plastic to a minimum, it is hard but it does subside eventually. Thanks for sharing your place.

Clare

Love it so hard. It feels real and lived in and not over-styled. Also as an Australian-transplant-in-SF I can see both the English bits (pretty similar to our 19th century house in Australia) and the SF bits.

Aimee

I love the built in bookcases leading up the stairwell into the mezzanine office. Brilliant use of space. It makes me wish the only staircase I have wasn’t as narrow as a ladder.

Michelle Chasey

This home is beautiful and inspiring! I’m currently working on the renovations of a Grade II* listed townhouse in London and am stuck in planning – it’s such a relief to see that a home with such listing can be converted into such a lovely space!

Lauren M

Absolutely lovely, I adore every detail. Taking a peek at your website I love what you’re making and think your Collection 3 scarf photo shoot with men is brilliant.

Kiki

It took me a while to check out all those links – two magic films full of beauty & a feeling of ethereal happiness comes through on your website……
And I absolutely LOVE everything you did with your home. This is the best reason to follow DS; even if I don’t have always time to check things out I can keep it ‘hanging’ and visit when I’ve got a (long…) moment! Thank you so much for sharing all this with us.

Sara L.

Absolutely lovely home! Love the collection of little trees, and that fabulous round mirror in the bedroom. Also, do you have the children’s book called “Art” by Patrick McDonnell? It would fit in perfectly on your shelves, and stars a boy named Art!

A

I squeed a little when I saw the tiaras, and was only slightly disappointed to read they’re for a shoot rather than for wearing around the house. Long live tiaras. Love Mark’s kokeshis, that red chair, and your fun home.

Emma

Sublime. Love the bookshelves. Who is the colourful print in the kitchen by?

Jill

How fun to redo a home from your childhood! Love that Art has accessible toys and books–The Day the Crayons Quit is my niece’s favorite!

Louise

I’d love to know where the dining room chairs are from (the ones around the table).
Lovely house – thanks for sharing.

Pauline Martin

Just gorgeous , we too live in London and I am looking for combining one reception room with sleeping area….
Loved your idea on another page with the curtain between two areas. Any ideas to share?, Pauline m. (PinkPauw)

Michelle

Hi could you tell me what brand an sort the doors are ie Saturn 2pac or laminate ect ?Thank you :)

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