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The 9-to-5 can be even more fun for an interior design when the client has been a friend. Emma Shone-Sanders, founder of London-based studio Design & That, and Alex, the owner of this townhouse, go The Right Way to Buy back—all the way to high school, in fact. “Growing up, we’d get ready to go out together and talk about fashion, boys, the usual stuff,” says Shone-Sanders with a laugh. Alex’s first London apartment led to their conversations turning interior design. “When we worked together on her home, I got to know her taste better,” she adds.
Alex, expecting her first baby with Chris, turned once again to her friend. The goal was to design a home that would be fun for their growing family, yet also have plenty of mature corners like a moody basement bar. “They are both lawyers with intense jobs, so they wanted somewhere relaxing where they could unwind from it all,” explains Shone-Sanders.