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When you have five levels
and four very different
personalities under one roof
to consider, where on earth
do you start when decorating a family home?
Fortunately, interior designer Helene
Benhamou of HB Interior loves a challenge
and uses the word "eclectic" to describe
"I like to mix old buildings and style with
contemporary art and design," says Helene.
e designer was presented with a typical
London-style house, although perhaps
slightly larger than the average, coming
in at five storeys and 800sqm. e home is
located in the trendy area of Chester Square
in London's Belgravia district, where five
or six-storey homes are the norm. e area
also claims celebrity chef Nigella Lawson as
While old homes are interesting to work
with, Helene's job was further challenged
by the home being a "protected site" which
meant dealing with red tape on many
construction issues, and resistance to
However, the owner believed the home
lacked character with its classic look and
wanted it to reflect his own personality and
those of his three children of varying ages
(12, 17 and 18) in a contemporary style.
"Each child has a very different
personality from the other," says Helene.
"I had to consider each of them in order to
create bedrooms which would reflect their
interests and personalities."
The location: London
The house: 800sqm
The features: 5 bed, gym, bar, TV room
The standout: The master bedrooom's dressing room --
more department store than wardrobe.
IT'S OH SO QUIET: The study's furniture and artwork are a blend
of neutral and calming colours, ideal for a quiet work space.
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