Over the Christmas period, my family and I visited the ice rink in Canary Wharf. I have been to Canary Wharf a few times but not often enough and every time I wonder why I don’t spend more time there. It’s such a different feel to the area I live in, which is just a mere few miles away but the differences are worlds apart. Super slick apartment buildings sit comfortably in between equally slick high rise office buildings, housing big banks and financial institutions, surrounded by glamorous bars, restaurants and shops. Whilst it’s probably not suited to our particular family needs, it’s definitely an exciting place and does make me wonder what it must be like to live and work in such a fast paced area.
So imagine my surprise when I find out the following apartment, with its enviable interior, just how I imagine the inside of apartments in Canary Wharf to look like, is actually a 1600sq foot loft in a converted Victorian School in South West London. A part of London very popular with families and young couples with its cafe culture and green spaces.
This amazing loft space was transformed by its owner Jemma Cowen. Arranged over 3 floors (lower ground, ground, and a mezzanine) the apartment has a lovely mix of original wood floors, original Victorian capitals, a lofty 20 foot lounge ceiling height, modern steel RSJs and a partially glass floor.
Over the course of 6 months the entire flat was updated and refurbished by adding in an entirely new modern kitchen complete with imported Italian Arabescato marble worktops, modern appliances such as built in automated coffee machine, wine refrigerator, etc…
The biggest and most dramatic change was the lower ground floor. What had been carved up into two bedrooms, a tiny grimy bathroom, and stained walls was converted in an enormous luxury master bedroom ensuite. The suite is comprised of a large walk-in dressing room, glossy black wooden floors, a sizeable bedroom, an office area, and an oversized bathroom with bianco Carrera marble, large bath, shower, his and hers sink, and built in television.
Following the completion Jemma recently left her full time job, to pursue a career in Interior Design. I can’t say I’m surprised about that fact. Jemma is obviously incredibly talented. More information can be found on her website www.JCDecor.co.uk
By the way, there’s still time to catch the ice rink at Canary Wharf. It’s there until 16th February. Here’s a couple of photos to entice you…
Bye for now