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A place of calm in a city of chaos

HOUSE PROUD: Sharon Wallace

WHEN PHOTOGRAPHER Sharron Wallace first set eyes on the south London street where she has lived for the last eight years, it was love at first sight.

“I just loved the vibe when I came here. It is hilly, with great views over London and the trees make it feel like suburbia in the city. I think photographers are very in tune with landscapes, so what I can see from my home is really important to me,” says Sharron who combines a 20-year career as a photographer with the running of her own branch of the photo chain Snappy Snaps. She bought the franchise in 2002.

Home is a large three-bedroom Edwardian semi in vibrant, but leafy East Dulwich, which she bought before “house prices went foolish in the area”. While the street and views were ‘spot on’, the house then was definitely not what Sharron wanted in the long-term.

LOUNGING: Unique dining table and chairs in the lounge

“It was very dated, with horrible carpets and wallpaper. I just wanted to get the work done as soon as possible.”
Over six months and at a cost of around £40,000, Sharron had all the walls re-plastered and painted in neutral colours; installed a new kitchen with granite worktops; had a walk-in shower fitted downstairs; plus a smart new bathroom upstairs. The window in the dining room at the rear of the property was replaced with French doors that lead onto an elevated deck, which offers some spectacular views of London.

Indeed, it’s the amazing panoramic views of the capital, with Battersea Power Station, the London Eye and Big Ben in clear view, that helps to give the dining room its ‘wow factor’. A custom built dining table made from a single piece of weathered wood, cut from an old tree trunk, adds extra interest to the dining room.

The lounge to the front of the house is an eclectic mix of furnishings, colours and objects.

OH BUDDHA!: Indian metal-clad chest of drawers in bedroom reveals her eclectic taste

The period fireplace, which Sharron had fitted, sits in a burgundy chimney breast, painted the same colour as the ceiling. The lounge’s striking metal chairs, made by a Camden designer, were originally commissioned for a nightclub that went out of business.

They make for a striking contrast to the old world charm of the plantation shutters on the windows. And the built-in book case which houses, amongst many things, Sharron’s collection of old cameras and objects which remind her of her Jamaican roots. In many of the rooms are statues of Buddha, which are indicative of her quest for calm.

“My house is, for me, a sanctuary to escape from the stress of life. I like a lot of different things, so I guess the mix of different things in the house reflects that. I like a sense of space, and calm. That’s why the walls are white and the floors just natural wood with no carpets, says Sharron.

“Some people think the combinations of things is strange but it’s what I like and I guess your home really should be about who you are, and what makes you feel contented.”

CHIC: Kitchen features granite worktops and shocking blue designer units

LYRICAL LOUNGE: Red painted front room features a mix of books and objects

WET, WET, WET: Walk in shower room is tiled in travertine stone

* To contact Sharron go to her website at

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