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that can be seen throughout this extensive renovation. The library room - formerly just a ‘space off the hall’ - now becomes a sexy snug, with a new chimney breast and a pair of French double doors leading on to the loggia. You step down from the polished


plastered hall to the ‘master suite’ instead of going upstairs at bed time. The bedroom walls are upholstered in silk damask hiding a fifty inch plasma screen and speakers. Full height frameless glass doors lead to a leather and lacquered walk-in wardrobe on one side, and on the other, to a bathroom and steam room.


The walls and ceiling are clad in a rare


type of French marble with mitred corners, and a hand-carved vanity table. For a touch


of now, there is a polished black plaster floating ceiling with full height glass doors leading into the steam room. The kitchen is another sophisticated tale of the unexpected, a workspace infused with fantasy: walls sprayed in virtual black aubergine paint, an ebony island unit on sharp modern lines and high gloss lacquered wall units.


“In the kitchen, a sharp contrast between


the traditional envelope and modern inserted elements was created,” says Collins. “The walls are traditionally panelled and sprayed in a rich aubergine colour, fibrous plaster strapwork applied to the ceilings and on top of that a floating ceiling has been added to define the modern macassar ebony linear island and high gloss lacquered inset wall units.”





“COMPLEX ARCHITECTURAL RECONSTRUCTION FOLLOWED A DRASTIC DEMOLITION JOB”


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