A moment with Kowtow founder Gosia Piatek

The Kiwi-in-London creative director opens the door to her eco-minded home.

“I live with my partner, film director Thomas Napper, and our son, Laker, in North London’s Crouch End. Our house has good bones and had already been renovated, so we haven’t had to do much to it since we moved in just over a year ago. Light is important to me, though, so we did paint the two front rooms white, and the previous owner took all the wall lights with him, so we’re slowly installing new ones. 

BEING GREEN Minimalism, natural materials and sustainability are key to Gosia’s business and she lives by the same principles. “I’m sick of single-use plastic — it’s killing our planet!” she says. “In London, the council picks up your compost weekly, which I love. I avoid the supermarket and shop small and locally, refilling containers with grains, pulses and nuts, and buying fruit and vegetables from the grocer, bread from the baker and cheese from the cheesemonger, who wraps it in paper.”

The main drawcard of the house was its shared garden. The neighbours on this block saved two acres of land from developers and instead created a park with fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Everyone’s back fences face onto it, making it a little haven safe for kids. 

Weekends here are fun as they’re very social. Our house is big, so we often have guests stay over and our kitchen table can seat 12, meaning long vegetarian lunches are a common occurrence. Home to me means warmth, comfort and safety. One of the rituals I enjoy is having a bath scented with lavender oil every evening. Even if I come home at 2am, I still run a bath.”

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