This is where the magic happens! You, my trusted reader, are going to have a great week here on In the coming days, I will be posting the pictures I took last Friday of the home of interior designer extraordinaire Abigail Ahern. Today, we’re starting with Abigail’s hallway and staircase. As you can see, every inch has been painted in a beautiful shade of grey . The walls, the floor and yes, even the ceiling have been painted out in Downpipe by Farrow & Ball. Now, the trick to make this work well is to decorate in such a way that everyone who visits is mesmerized by everything they see and don’t know where to look first. I was overwhelmed by all the art, flowers, lamps and vases. Absolutely gorgeous.

Join me tomorrow as we explore Abigail Ahern’s living room and dining room.

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All photography by Interiorator / Patrick Kooiman

At home with Abigail Ahern – part 1

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This is the first thing people see when they come to Abigails’s home in Islington, London.

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Lots of things to look at in the hallway! 

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Notice by the way that if you put up a mirror, it’s always nice to have something interesting reflect back into it!

English bulldog lamp

A particularly nice lamp if you’re a dog person. 

Viintage tapestry

This tapestry looks lovely, don’t you think? It also improves the acoustics in a wooden staircase – so this is definitely a type of ‘two birds with one stone’ kind of situation, if you ask me. 

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Artificial flowers, why not? They last longer, you don’t have to water them and they don’t mind if they don’t get enough sunlight. 

white deer on wall

A giant moose head hanging over the doorway (I thought I’d point it out to you).

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Who said that the walls of a staircase should be empty? Certainly not ‘La’ Ahern!