‘I call it Afro-Aristo’: the reinvention of a Georgian worker’s cottage

An old London bakery built in 1750 is now an eclectic home filled with representations of Black womanhood

My interiors look was driven by a desire to celebrate our family’s dual Nigerian and Caribbean heritage,” says Kemi Lawson. Her new home is set in a Grade II-listed Georgian worker’s cottage on the northern edges of London. It was formerly a bakery providing goods to the estate of the Duke of Chandos and was built around 1750. Lawson lives here with her husband and daughters, and also runs her business from here – a home and lifestyle goods store, The Cornrow, a curated selection of items “tailored to a modern Black aesthetic”.

When the family bought the house, it had “good bones”, but was in need of an interior refresh. Lawson employed her passion for antiques and contemporary design celebrating African and Caribbean culture, styling it in a way that felt joyful and comfortable, but also confident and life-affirming. “I have two daughters,” Lawson says, “so I wanted to fill my home with positive representations of Blackness and Black womanhood.”

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