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A King’s Former Bathroom Sink Is Just One FB Marketplace Score in This London Reno


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Amira Hashish’s special talent is finding cool, old things. “I am not kidding when I say I have the former king of Malaysia‘s and Lord Mountbatten’s wash basins in my bathrooms,” says Hashish, the London-based founder of creative studio Rapport and editor in chief of Neighbourhood Edit. Her contacts list is overflowing with antiques dealers and architectural salvage-yard owners, and in her free time you’ll find her strolling Golborne Road Market in Notting Hill or scouring Facebook Marketplace (that’s where she found King Abdul Halim of Kedah’s old sink to begin with). Hashish accumulated so much material that, almost by necessity, she created an online platform named Patina to sell pieces only to newsletter subscribers. Her Victorian home is where you’ll find the best stuff. “There are stories behind every room and object in the house,” she says. 

Though the now 1,475-square-foot property was once a candy store, the space wasn’t so sweet when Hashish began renovations in January 2023. “It lacked warmth and there was potential…

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