CALM & CURATED
Homes & Gardens|February 2022
The owners of antiques business Anton & K were perfectly placed to bestow a serene mews house with stunning artisanal pieces
ALI HEATH

DINING AREA

The furnishings are a compelling mix of antique and contemporary and the foraged branches are displayed in a 19th century Spanish pot. 1950s Tulip table by Eero Saarinen; original Hans J Wegner rush chairs; pot, all Anton & K

SITTING ROOM

A travertine 1970s coffee table adds a contemporary feel to the space and is flanked by two antique chairs reupholstered in vintage Belgian linen. 1950s artwork from dealer Caroline de Kerangal. Table, chairs, ceramics and floor lamp, all Anton & K

We both have a lifelong appreciation of furniture and decorative finds that come with the added gift of age and history,’ says Karen Cull, who, along with her husband Anthony, founded antiques business Anton & K twelve years ago. ‘Surfaces that bear the marks of everyday use, edges softened through years of touch, and patina that matures only with the passing of time are all wonderful. And we believe antiques are imperfectly perfect – adding a timeless beauty to spaces both old and new, and always complementing contemporary design.’

The couple’s latest project, a one-level mews house in Cheltenham, which acts as an urban escape from their main Cotswold cottage, is the embodiment of this philosophy. Built three years ago from reclaimed brick, the one-bedroom bolthole is tucked in a quiet back street, a short walk from bustling Montpellier and nearby Pittville Park. Black-framed windows light the kitchen at the front, while at the rear, large doors open from the main sitting room and bedroom into a private whitewashed courtyard. ‘The courtyard was an added surprise and is maintenance-free. We use it as an indoor-outdoor room that we enjoy relaxing in during warmer months and looking out onto from inside when the fire is roaring.

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