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A Creative Home in North London

by Grace Bonney

Any time I’m feeling like I could use an extra dose of inspiration, I head to Instagram. No matter what time of day it is, I know I’ll find myself awash with endless photos of beautiful and unique homes, artwork, flowers, textiles, patterns and design. It was during one of those inspiration searches that I came across the work, and account, of Luke Edward Hall. Based in North London, Luke is a talented designer of soft furnishings and fabrics, an interior decorator, a stylist and an illustrator. I immediately wanted to see if his love of color and pattern followed him home and I was thrilled to hear back from him and to discover the beautiful home he shares with his partner, Duncan Campbell, a creative director and co-founder of the consultancy Campbell-Rey. When you put two talented and creative people in one space, incredible things are bound to happen and I thoroughly enjoyed taking a virtual tour of their expertly decorated apartment.

Duncan originally found the couple’s Camden Square apartment, which was built in the mid 1840s, seven years ago. Swayed by the park directly across the street and the huge garden out back, Duncan signed on and two years later, Luke moved in. Although they don’t have access to the garden out back, the apartment’s position on the first floor means that every window shows only the greenery of each outdoor location, making the home feel like a lush treehouse. Duncan and Luke carried that green theme inside the apartment, where all three rooms of their home embrace color and pattern in a major – but tasteful – way. What I love most about their space is that it leaves room to grow. Luke explained that he’s, “come to realize that decorating the apartment is not about reaching some sort of end goal, where we can lock up our paintbrushes and celebrate everything looking ‘just right.’ We’re young and we’re just getting started. I plan to spend the rest of my life collecting bits and pieces – rugs, pictures, vases, lamps, furniture. Besides, I work in interior design – collecting and curating things is essentially my job!” I love their open-minded attitude and the way that’s reflected in their playful combination of new and old objects, bold prints and bright color. Thanks so much to Luke and Duncan for opening up their home to us. xo, grace

Photographs by Luke Edward Hall

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The Sitting Room: The fabric covering this antique tub armchair is one of Luke's designs called "White Tiger." Luke and Duncan tend to lounge around here on weekends, reading the newspapers over breakfast. The kilim cushion is a vintage find and has been in the home for years.
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The Office: Duncan works in this corner, off the living room, during the daytime. They had to reinforce the shelves above his desk because they're so full of books. The yellow velvet sofa brightens up their mornings and they love the way their house plant won't stop growing – it has begun wrapping itself around the curtain pole.
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Framed butterflies form a cheerful gallery display along a short stretch of wall that connects the living room office nook and the kitchen backsplash.
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The Kitchen: Luke and Duncan's kitchen runs along one side of the living room's wall. They both love to cook and love how accessible the kitchen space is.
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The Dining Area: Opposite the lounge area is the couple's marble dining table. Luke explains that it's, "the most beautiful dusty, pale pink marble with touches of grey and green. We have people over often, for dinner or drinks, and we all sit around it late into the night." Luke is really into hunting for old posters from the 60s, 70s and 80s on eBay – particularly those relating to David Hockney and Jean Cocteau. These are recent purchases and he loves the blue against the deep green walls. "Our local framer always does a superb job," he says, "we had this poster framed in steel."
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The couple's drink cabinet was one of the first pieces of furniture they bought. Duncan saw it at an antiques fair, then it popped up in a few Pimlico Road shop windows before eventually coming home with them. It was designed by Paoloa Buffa in the 1940s. The doors are inlaid with panels of malachite and when you open them, the whole inside of the cabinet lights up pink. Mirrored shelves play host to neat rows of champagne glasses - perfect for a party.
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The Bathroom: This old mahogany cabinet is the ideal size for Luke and Duncan's supply of towels and bed linens. The candleholders are made from onyx, and resting against the wall are framed contact sheets from a portrait story shot by Lord Snowdon (in which Duncan was featured).
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Luke likes to have a bath every morning at 7:30 am, looking out at the treetops. While the Victorian plumbing isn’t great (the bath takes about 30 minutes or so to run), the extra time is perfect for a quick nap. (The bathroom woodwork is painted in Pigeon by Farrow & Ball, to compliment the wallpaper from Trustworth Studios.)
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Luke and Duncan renovated the bathroom a few years ago and spent months trying to find the right wallpaper, before settling on Apothecary's Garden, a design by the English architect and textile designer C.F.A. Voysey. The wallpaper was printed by Trustworth Studios in Massachusetts - they reproduce designs from the Arts and Crafts movement. The couple had the tongue-and-groove paneling put in at the same time.
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The Bedroom: Luke and Duncan's sleigh bed takes up most of their bedroom, but they don't mind. Copies of The World of Interiors sit on the bottom shelves of the little brass bedside tables, with brass and glass pineapple lamps on top.
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An old Welsh blanket and one of Luke's pillow designs keep the bedroom cozy and warm.
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The Balcony: Luke says, "We're lucky to have a balcony at the front of the apartment, which we get a lot of use out of during the summer months. We grow our own herbs, but I keep thinking about expanding our output. Strawberries, perhaps? Tulips for spring?"
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