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Lauren Gifford


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Private Residence: Ms. Sarah Burton | 75 Tannery Row, Somerville, MA

CLIENT NAME: Sarah Burton

OCCUPATION: Creative Director of London fashion house, Alexander McQueen

FROM: Cheshire, England; currently lives in North London, St. John’s Wood (the infamous Abbey Road!)

AGE: 40

MARRIAGE STATUS: Married to fashion photographer, David Burton

CULTURE: Obsessed with fashion; Private couple; One of five siblings; Trips to the country; Loves shopping/buying clothes

VALUES: Family, Friends, Fashion, Education, Home

TEMPERAMENT/PERSONALITY: Warm, funny, gentle, “quiet steel”, home-body; Domestic person

PRIVACY: Requires ample privacy; doesn’t like the lime light of being a celebrity designer; Full length drapes for all windows

DAILY EXPERIENCE: Works at studio/office downtown; Walks with husband

TASTES: Think: “White oxford and slouchy blue jeans”; Classic, clean, casual, comfortable; High quality

LIVING: Open space for lounging, relaxing, entertaining; Tailored upholstered pieces;

KITCHEN: Spacious area for gourmet cooking, casual family meals, entertaining family and close friends

DINING: Space for large dining table to sit at least 12

OFFICE/STUDIO: Ample work space, storage and open display shelving; Private space for her; Kitchenette; ½ bath for clients

MASTER BED: Oasis for couple; Queen size bed; Private lounge

MASTER BATH: Four piece bath; Luxurious finishes; Dressing area

MASTER CLOSET: Custom storage solutions; Display space for accessories

HALF BATH: Off of living space for guest and visitors

ROOF DECK: Create an outdoor space reminiscent of the English country side


“Those who know her speak of a sense of humor and a gentleness combined with a quiet steel… She is also, plainly, a domestic creature.”

Since Alexander McQueen’s death 2010, Burton has taken over the reins as Creative Director of the McQueen brand.

The industry waited with bated breath to see if she could carry on the legacy, but any doubts of the brand’s future success vanished when future Duchess of Cambridge made her smashing wedding day debut in a Sarah Burton original.

Burton has quickly rose to the top of her field, and her Pre-Spring/Summer 2015 collection fashions a young, fresh approach. The clean modern aesthetic also serves as the inspiration for her pied a terre with an American zip code.

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