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JB233: Margaret Caselton
Photos: Jan Baldwin / Narratives
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Set in a stucco fronted circa 1850 Victorian house, this elegant raised ground floor flat
in London's Belsize Park boasts a 'ballroom' and floor to ceiling curved windows which flood the room with light. 'Everyone who visits for the first time is bowled over by this room with its 13 foot ceilings and ornate cornicing,' says interior stylist Margaret Caselton, 'but although it is a fabulous room it was not easy to furnish on a budget. I had to use what Mrs Gaskell termed 'elegant economy' in one of her novels!
Margaret fell in love with the flat and bought it twenty years ago. 'I spent every penny I had and then realised it called for rather grand furnishing. I had previously lived in a regular town house with furniture to match!'. So she gradually created living areas - dining, relaxing, working. She visited auction rooms, fairs and brocantes in France in order to decorate and create a certain cosiness.
The two bedroom flat is decorated in a mixture of old furniture, 'some handed down from my parents and grandparents…', junk shops finds and some modern pieces - so its an eclectic mixture. Margaret talks about her 'undecorated style' and also explains
how she refurbed the tiny kitchen and offers solutions for storage in a period setting.

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