One House, 4 Ways: 8 Years of Abigail Ahern's Evolving Style

One House, 4 Ways: 8 Years of Abigail Ahern's Evolving Style

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Nancy Mitchell
Apr 17, 2015
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)

Sometimes, while looking at design blogs, I'll feel something a little akin to déjà vu. "I feel like I've seen this place before," I'll find myself thinking. And sometimes, I am right. There are certain spaces that design journalists just can't resist, and one of them is designer Abigail Ahern's beautiful, darkly quirky East London townhouse. I've rounded up four different tours of Abigail's home, by four different photographers, that appeared in four different publications (including our own!) between 2008 and 2014. It's fascinating to see how different photographers chose to look at the space, and also how Abigail's style evolved, too. Let's take a look.

The ground floor living room.
(Image credit: Design Sponge)
The first floor dining/work space.
(Image credit: Design*Sponge)
The bedroom.
(Image credit: Design*Sponge)
The bathroom.
(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

Design*Sponge - 2008
Abigail's place made its debut in designblogland with this Design*Sponge feature, published in October 2008. Abigail, a fresh transplant to London from Michigan, was still experimenting with her style in her new home. At this point she's settled on a kind of textured minimalism, but there are more than a few hints of the quirkiness to come.

The ground floor living room.
(Image credit: The Selby)
The first floor dining/work space.
(Image credit: The Selby)
The first floor living room.
(Image credit: The Selby)
The bathroom.
(Image credit: The Selby)

The Selby - 2011
You can see a lot of design evolution between the 2008 and 2011 versions of Abigail's home. By the time these photos were taken, Abigail's style — dark, romantic, quirky — had really come into its own. The intricate fireplace surrounds really contribute to the next look, and a few rooms look darker — or is it just the lighting?

The ground floor living room.
(Image credit: Interiorator)
The first floor dining/work space.
(Image credit: Interiorator)
The bedroom.
(Image credit: Interiorator)
The bathroom.
(Image credit: Interiorator)

Interiorator - 2013
Blogger Patrick Koolman photographed Abigail's home in 2013 and published his photos in a series of four posts on his blog. There are a few changes here — a wood wall adds a little texture and interest to the bedroom, and the furniture in the first floor dining/study space is continually evolving.

The ground floor living room.
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)
The first floor living room.
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)
The bedroom.
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)
The bathroom.
(Image credit: Rebecca Bond)

Apartment Therapy - 2014
Our own Rebecca Bond photographed Abigail's home in 2014. In this most recent version there are plenty of familiar pieces, although some of them are in different places. My favorite new addition is all the plants, which help to soften the look a little and add a bit of a boho vibe.

You can (and should!) click the links above to see many more photos of Abigail's home through the years. Which version is your favorite?

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