Rare finds: inside an East End treasure trove

Rare finds: inside an East End treasure trove

The Guardian

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Owen Pacey’s Shoreditch home is packed with artefacts he restores and sells

On the ground floor of Owen Pacey’s house in London’sShoreditch, huge chandeliers dangle like dowager’s pendants from the rafters. Marble fireplaces, cool and veined, are propped next to gilded mirrors. This is Pacey’s architectural salvage shop, a twinkling, glinting emporium of architectural salvage sought out by supermodels, rock stars and everyday folk in search of the real deal.

History also spills into his three-storey flat above the shop. Pacey bought the building, on City Road, when it was in a “horrible” condition in 1995 and he has been restoring it ever since. The setting is subdued: plain walls, gauzy curtains, nothing too showy. For Pacey, an East Ender with an ear for a yarn, it’s the artefacts – the carved fireplaces, the swooping Louis XV bedheads, the Murano lights – not the decoration, which bring magic to his home.

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