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Features > Summer > Contemporary Homes > Recipe for Success
RG027: Recipe for Success
Photos: Richard Gadsby / Narratives
Text & Styling: Sharon Parsons / Narratives

From the outside, Lorna Wing’s red-brick Victorian home on a quiet South
London street is typical of those built in the area at the end of the 19th
century with its red-brick facade, generous bay windows and decorative
edging. Step across the threshold, however, and the contrast between classic
and contemporary style is altogether surprising.
‘To be honest, I don’t really like typical Victorian houses,’ admits Lorna, a
food writer, consultant and cook. ‘Georgian architecture or even one-level
living is much more my preference, but when we were looking to buy a
family home, this one ticked the boxes - for its location and space as much
as anything else.’
Despite her reservations, Lorna and Brian quickly saw the potential in the
solid-looking Victorian house they went to view after looking at properties
for a few months. ‘It was in a terrible state inside, though,’ she remembers.
‘It had been converted into four flats at one point, and we had to see past all
the poky rooms and uncomfortable divisions to appreciate that we could turn
it into something that would really suit us.
Not least, the kitchen had exacting requirements. ‘As a food expert, I work a
lot from home writing and developing recipes for instance, so I not only
needed a study running conveniently off the kitchen, but plenty of space to
house everything from catering equipment to the enormous dishes and
platters I use regularly for my work. It was also important that the space
could be utilised properly for entertaining, photographic shoots, and even
cookery lessons.’

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