As soon as upon a time, there was a home that had seen higher days. Again in the midst of the nineteenth century, it had been constructed as a non-public residence in Notting Hill, one in every of London’s prettiest neighborhoods. By the Nineteen Twenties, it had come down on the earth, reconstituted right into a “women’ residential membership” (learn: boarding home for ladies), after which, after the Second World Struggle, it had change into a lodge. The lodge was finally divided into flats, one occupied by a younger magician promoting for an exquisite assistant. In the present day, a special kind of sorcery—aesthetic, architectural, familial—has introduced it to home life once more, a life ringing with classes taken on an upright piano within the eating room, board video games in the lounge, and 4 energetic youngsters dashing out and in of the backyard.
“Till this challenge, I by no means thought I’d be so invested in bunk beds,” says Los Angeles–based mostly inside decorator Olivia Williams. The mother and father of the kids are Chantal Spanicciati, a former designer herself who now works as a therapist selling psychological well-being, and her husband, Mario Spanicciati, a software program entrepreneur. They’d met Williams again in California, however the designer’s schedule couldn’t accommodate them as shoppers. Nonetheless, neither Williams nor the Spanicciatis forgot the moment camaraderie.
“I cherished her simplicity and aesthetic,” says Chantal, whereas Williams recollects the couple’s “calm and delicate demeanor,” including that “on this enterprise, what’s essential is to work with individuals you want.” A home in Montana for the rising household got here into Williams’s arms, after which, when the Spanicciatis ready to relocate to London, they knew exactly whom to name. Even when it meant having to conduct many duties at lengthy distance, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The couple had solely visited the home a couple of times earlier than the lockdowns started, and didn’t set foot inside till every thing was full.