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art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 01 dining room large paintings

Still pouring through 1000+ photographs (!) from my London and Marrakech trips, but definitely wanted to share these: the sophisticated, art-filled home of a dear friend’s parents off the Fulham Road on the Chelsea/Kensington border in London.

Her mum is an artist, trained at the prestigious Central Saint Martins School of Art (the same of A. McQueen and S. McCartney). Her own originals (like the two large canvases above) and pieces from her elegantly curated collection pepper the gallery-like spaces she’s designed for herself and her husband of 54 years. As we sat sharing espresso and stories in her light-filled kitchen one (surprisingly) sunny morning, I felt compelled to whip out my camera and document this exceptional woman’s inspired taste.

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 02 dining room gilded mirror lucite Z chair

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 03 living room sofa arc lamp garden shutters

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 04 living room coffee table flowers art books

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 06 living room sculpture art display

Above left, her first piece of sculpture as a young student at Saint Martins; below, a detail of a painting from her ‘Encounters’ series

art flat Kensington london Unity Cantwell 07 painting detail

art flat Kensington london Unity Cantwell 06 dining room painting

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 08 kitchen gloss white cabinets wood island window

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 09 kitchen gloss white cabinets wood shelves

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 10 kitchen gloss white cabinets wood island

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 11 hallway cove lighting

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 12 entry black bookcases pink chair

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 13 entry black bookcases detail

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 14 bedroom gloss white wall cabinets

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 15 bedroom white black striped bedding drawings

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 16 bedroom striped chair pink pillow art

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 17 bedroom YSL gold clutch

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 18 bedroom gloss white wall shelving

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 19 bedroom Givency bag

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 20 bedroom striped chairs shutters balcony

art flat Kensington London Unity Cantwell 21 bedroom balcony door handle Moroccan tassel

Tassels she picked up in the souk in Marrakech hang on every door handle — you’d better believe I immediately regretted not picking up some of my own! Next time…

For more information about the artist Unity Cantwell, please check out http://unity4art.com/

xoxo-EB

Design by Unity Cantwell; photographs by Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Erika Brechtel

Creative Director

Desiring an online space to explore well-rounded, inspired content in all topics she loves most, Erika created 'The E List' (formerly the Small Shop blog) in 2010. When not enjoying an “occasional" glass of wine and wanderlusting for even warmer climates, Erika can be found sharing laughs with friends and family, and trying her very best to keep up with her 6-year old daughter (yet failing miserably).

2 Comments
  1. Such a peaceful home! I love the all white spaces, I’ve been trying to get my place back to all white walls and cabinets. Slowly!
    Her paintings are beautiful xx