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Real home: Bringing home the chic, hotel vibe

This master bedroom uses dark, rich colours with luxe silky fabrics to create a cocooning feel
   EKBB Magazine  |  written on: 29-03-2022 17:30pm

To say that photographer Paul Craig has seen a fair share of beautiful houses is probably an understatement. Having worked for top-end designers, furniture companies and magazines for most of his working life, he’s been so utterly immersed in the beautiful world of interiors that when it came to doing up his own three-storey, five-bedroom home, the only problem was where to start.



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- Owners/residents: Paul Craig and his solicitor husband, Tim Dawson
- Designer: Paul Craig, designer and homeowner

- Style: Contemporary, industrial
- Design feature: Dark, rich colours with luxe silky fabrics creates that cocooning feel in the bedroom while in contrast, the bathroom has an industrial, stripped back vibe with concrete walls

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“Luckily, I’m very specific about what I like,” says Paul. “Originally this space was two bedrooms but we wanted a walk-in wardrobe, and also to be able to stroll in from the bedroom, to the wardrobe and then to the bathroom. It was a challenge to make it flow for us. We did sacrifice with bedroom space to achieve a walk-in closet this size but it was a good compromise. I wouldn’t change anything.”

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A chance conversation with a builder meant that Paul and his solicitor husband Tim Dawson found the right carpenter, who was then able to create the hotel chic vibe that they’d been visualising for the wardrobe. “The idea for these sleek wardrobes came from our friend who owns the tailoring place, Norton Townsend,” explains Paul. “We are into bespoke suits and jackets and wanted to show off our best clothes. The inspiration is definitely from a high-end shop – and it looks like one – but bespoke tailoring is a big thing for us.”

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When it came to the bathroom and bedroom, the couple wanted to create distinctive rooms that connected beautifully to the walk-through wardrobe, but that also felt unique in themselves. Inspired by visits to favourite hotels and restaurants including The Ranch at Rock Creek in Montana and the Corinthia hotel in London, the idea was to bring some of that cool, laidback, cosmopolitan feel to the space.

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“We both like clean lines and we are not into fancy frou-frou. With these inter-connecting rooms, I had in mind a high-end hotel of the cosiest kind. We both loved the idea of dark, rich colours in the bedroom, with the luxe silky fabric doors, and then into a streamlined closet space and into the bathroom which has a lot more of a stark industrial vibe, while still maintaining that spacious, luxurious feel.” Mission accomplished, and what is Paul’s favourite element of the three rooms? “The wardrobe is just amazing. I love the drama of it all.”

Q & A – Paul Craig, designer and homeowner

- Can you explain the layout?
Although we essentially ripped down the house and started afresh, there was a problem with the shape of the bedroom we really wanted. Originally the space was two bedrooms but we knew we wanted a walk-in wardrobe, but we wanted to walk in from the bedroom then to the wardrobe and then to the bathroom. At that point the position of the doors and stairs was impossible. It was a challenge to make it flow for us, but we are really happy with how it looks now.

-  And the colours and materials?
I love dark, rich colours with luxe silky fabrics and we chose dark blue because it creates that lovely cocooning feel – it’s a really relaxing and sleepy colour. I was really nervous at first to paint right up to the ceiling and it was a big decision but it really works and I think it looks great.

- Tell us about the bathroom.
We wanted to make it feel completely different from the bedroom so went for an industrial vibe with concrete walls. The metal wardrobe doors and pendants carry through this stripped back feel. The idea was for a masculine space with an edgy touch. It also had to be a practical place as well, where you shower and shave and feel luxurious too.

- How would you describe your décor style?
I like luxe touches and bold elements. Hotel chic, but masculine and no fuss.

Credit: Paul Craig (Images), Ciara Elliott (Words)
Published: As featured in EKBB Magazine, Issue 253

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