Who Dares Wins
Living Etc Magazine|January 2022
Taking on a flat that had fallen into disrepair was a risk, but talented designer Kayla Pongrac worked her magic to create a minimal meets-dramatic home that is a complete style victory
By Mary Weaver. Photographs by Mary Wadsworth
LIVING AREA

‘This space best demonstrates what I wanted to achieve – minimalism and modernity with the contemporary floor lamp, softened with the velvety artwork and the textured sofa, all juxtaposed with the period cornices,’ says Kayla.

Macchiato sofa and footstool, Norr11; upholstered in Moss bouclé by Kvadrat. Floor lamp, B.lux. Jack in the Pulpit artwork by Whitney Lewis-Smith

LIVING AREA

‘The fire surround was one of the reasons I fell in love with the flat. I spent weeks restoring it with a marble purifier, getting rid of all the stains,’ says Kayla.

Find a similar fireplace at Renaissance. Foxed glass mirror, Osborn Glass. Ceiling pendant, Dowsing & Reynolds. Fyfield oiled engineered oak flooring, Flooring365. Pacha velvet chair, Gubi. Marble/metal side table, &Traditionlivingetc.com 53

home profile

THE OWNERS

Interior designer Kayla Pongrac of Iron & Ivory and partner Luke Ladyman, co-founder of Cheddar, a financial technology brand.

THE PROPERTY

An apartment in a Victorian villa in northwest London. The entrance hall leads to an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space. There is also a main bedroom, shower room/laundry and a second bedroom/study.

The first time interior designer Kayla Pongrac and partner Luke Ladyman glimpsed their new home he said ‘no way’ and she said ‘yes absolutely’. ‘Admittedly it was in very bad shape and full of corridors with small rooms and boarded up windows,’ explains Kayla. ‘But I did a quick sketch to show him how we could open it up and flip the rooms and he began to take it seriously.’ Fast forward 18 months and it’s now a dream des res and Luke, co-founder of Cheddar, a financial technology brand, loves it as much as Kayla.

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