My home: Mark Christophers

Mark Christophers, who co-founded the West Cornwall Pasty Company, also had ingenious ideas for a tired terrace house says Sara Sarre
Mark Christophers is a bit of a magician. First he made pasties a cool foodie option — even Prime Minister David Cameron recently declared himself to be a fan of the West Cornwall Pasty Company, which Mark once owned. Now the entrepreneur has transformed a tired west London Victorian terrace house into a jaw-dropping, light-filled home.

Mark, pictured with girlfriend Jacqui, chose brick slips for the floor to create continuity between the indoor and outdoor spaces
Mark, pictured with girlfriend Jacqui, chose brick slips for the floor to create continuity between the indoor and outdoor spaces
The property had been chopped up into flats in the Eighties, but after three years it is now an impressive townhouse with a kitchen-diner, utility room, home cinema and loo on the lower-ground floor. On the ground floor is a living room and on the first floor there are two guest bedrooms and a bathroom. The top floor has a master bedroom suite, with an office area and roof terrace on the mezzanine above.

Mark Christophers - bedroom
The fluid lines of the spiral staircase make a stunning feature in the bedroom. The stairs lead to a galleried office and roof terrace
"I didn't just want a house," says Mark. "The more important thing was to create a place that my friends would enjoy as much as I do." The appeal of the "pretty hideous" house he spotted in 2009 was its small back garden and the way the light entered the building.

He wanted an invisible boundary between the interior and exterior and imagined a skylight bringing light from the ground floor to a basement kitchen. "I had big ideas with no idea of how to make them happen," he says.

But architect Gianni Botsford did. He suggested a two-storey extension at the back of the house with a double-height light well and also the conversion of the top floor into a bedroom suite with a cool spiral staircase leading to an office and roof terrace.

There were a few luxurious extras, too. "It was always my dream to have a freestanding bath in my bedroom — I see it as 'house art'," laughs Mark, "though it's definitely not form over function."

Kitchen cupboards - Mark Christophers
"I like things to be hidden and neat," Mark says of the kitchen. "But I also like this cupboard when it's open as it suddenly becomes a working kitchen"
The lower-ground floor is where the cooking, drinking, talking, relaxing, listening to music or watching a film happens. There's a courtyard with a seating area at the rear and a party-size home cinema room at the front.

Upstairs on the ground floor is a huge, comfy living room that almost doubles as an art gallery. "Most of the art I buy has a twist. Not everyone would like it, but it makes me smile," says Mark.

His home is all about clever mixing: traditional with contemporary; classic design with kicks of kitsch; the inside with the outside; the blurring of the lines between living, eating and relaxing.

The full version of this article appears in the June issue of Livingetc
"My love of entertaining and making sure people have a good time is paramount," says Mark. "I've never wanted my home to be just about style but it was very challenging. I am a perfectionist, so I'm every architect and builder's nightmare — but somehow we've all remained friends."

A favourite designer is Jimmie Martin and Mark even had a go at creating his own Jimmie Martin-inspired graffiti painted side table. "They told me not to give up the day job," he laughs. "It's actually much harder than it looks."

* See architect Gianni Botsford's work at

Photographs: Alexander James
Styling: Mary Weaver

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