CHARACTER STUDY

Homes & Gardens|February 2020

CHARACTER STUDY
Interior architect Irene Gunter’s gutsy renovation of a dilapidated Belgravia home has infused it with strong personality and warmth
RACHEL LEEDHAM

Top of interior architect Irene Gunter’s list of dream ingredients for a project are high ceilings and beautiful windows – neither of which this small property in London’s Belgravia possessed. But she is not one to shy away from a challenge: ‘When you are compromised in both those departments, it makes your mind work harder to come up with more creative solutions,’ she says.

This house was certainly going to put Irene’s ingenuity to the test. When she first visited, water was pouring through the roof right to the basement, where the living and sleeping quarters were laid out in ‘such a whirlwind of interconnecting rooms that it was almost impossible to make sense of it’. The ground floor, which now accommodates the kitchen and living area, was ‘a weird, ginormous hallway that was incredibly dingy’, while she likens the staircase to something out of an Austrian chalet.

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