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