Staying inside the terraced house she shares with her three children and husband Matthew Morgan, a writer, was no hardship either. The Argentinian-born designer, who has a background in theatre, has a knack for expressive but practical interiors. Her Victorian home is a case in point. By knocking down walls and layering colour with pattern, texture and art, she’s turned the house into a place to work, relax and socialise.
in the rooms, deep shelving houses
a bar and there’s enough space for the children to make dens. French doors open on to a garden large enough for games. With the advent of lockdown, the home office became a home school strewn with textbooks and art paraphernalia. “We haven’t got round to making soda bread or pasta like everyone else on social media. But I’ve realised that we have almost everything we need under one roof.”
was the downstairs. It was ripped up to reveal original floorboards that were then stripped and limewashed. Upstairs, partition walls were removed to open up the poky bathroom,
where plants and bright encaustic tiles remind Maria of her childhood in rural Argentina. Some original features, such as the stained glass and the marble fireplace were intact, but most of the plasterwork had been ripped out. Luckily, she was able to rescue sections of original mouldings from a neighbour who was refurbishing their own property. She used these to recast the 19th-century cornices and ceiling.
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