Friday 15 October 2010

    Home drooling!

     

    I’m in love this home of british photographer paul massey,

    that was featured in Sophie Dahl’s cooking show, The Delicious Miss Dahl on the BBC.

    A beautiful, crisp white interior will usually catch my eye and make me gasp at it’s beauty.

    The calming and serene effect of white-washed living,

    with a gentle layering of white-upon-white to create a softer effect;

    tactile surfaces and a mixture of fabrics and finishes to create a welcoming hue

    of milky whites and creamier taupes, perhaps off-set with a hint of pale grey or natural slate.

    paul massey’s home has exactly the right mix of  beautiful vintage treasures and layers up natural textures and fabrics. The hits of rustic wood and tarnished steel add a beauty and softness.

    I wish I had £1.45m ~ its on the market!

    Massey spent seven months and £180,000 renovating the three-storey,

    five-bedroom Crouch End property after purchasing it in August 2008.

    Lights, camera, action:

    The all-white finish has made it popular with the likes of Marks & Spencer and Habitat,

    who have also hired out the property for shoots at a cost of £400-£1,000 a day.

    The North London property went through a classic ugly duckling transformation from a poky collection of nondescript, neutral rooms to an open-plan, pure-white wonder. His vision, combined with project coordinator Mark Lewis’s expertise, was enough to set that straight. A veteran of house renovations (this is his 10th), Paul knew what he was getting into.

    ‘I allowed twice as long as the builders said and I added another 50 per cent to their original quote,’ he explains.     ’In the past, I’ve tackled rooms one at a time, but with this place I did it all at once,’ he says. That meant several weeks of no hot water, no electricity and no floor to stand on.

    Fortunately, Paul had a secret weapon to see him through the tough times: a Sixties VW campervan.  The plan was to head for the hills (well, the Continent, actually) while the worst of the work took place. So Paul and his 10-year-old daughter, Daisy, took off for a five-week adventure, leaving the builders to get cracking. They collected various treasures along the way – sidra glasses in Spain (‘for about 10p each’), all sorts of enamelware from France and, naturally, plenty of photographs.

    And here is another take on light, airy spaces in neutral colours ~ Paul’s former very stylish home.

    Paul Massey, is a UK interiors photographer with an amazing track-records and started taking photos when he was 5. His interiors/lifestyle work is regularly featured in Elle Decoration, Living Etc, GQ, Vogue, The Times, The Observer, The New York Times etc and has shot the house of John Pawson but also took beautiful portraits of Michael Caine, Quentin Tarantino, Ryan Giggs, Paul Smith and many more.

    {Images: by paul massey for living etc; via bodie and fou & Sanctuary}

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