James Lockwood Architect House Tour Grimsby

Fun house: Inside the party house of an architect

Ever wondered what an architect’s own home looks like? Well wonder no more. Marrying his precision-eye architectural nous with plenty of bold colours and fun furnishings, James Lockwood of ID Architecture walks us through his charming four-bedroom home in Grimsby. Describing his home style as “comfort with an edge”, James shares this wonderful space - which even features a whole room dedicated to his love of LEGO, no less - with his fiancé Matt, dog Roo and two tortoises George and Jasper.


Make a plan

"The best advice I received before decorating the house was ‘preparation is key’. Plan it, prepare the surfaces and do a great job. The biggest mistake you can make when interior designing a home is rushing into it without thinking it through."

Top table

"Our first MADE buy was the Bramante Extending Dining Table. Tables are important to me, a place to eat, a place to work and when we extend it for beer pong, a place to play. I loved the simplicity of it and the fact it extended at its end so that the legs were always at the end of the table."

Be smart with space

"Build in storage and make use of every alcove - that’s why we built a huge wine rack. Our bed head wall too; it changed the proportions of the bedroom to give us storage and a dressing area whilst making the sleeping area more intimate and still keeping the room light-filled and spacious."

The paint work

"We painted everywhere and some places twice. The high ceilings made it more of a challenge - it seemed to never end. We initially painted the entire hallway antique white and on realising it looked like magnolia, we had to repaint the lot."

Party people

"For our annual Eurovision Party, everyone dresses up in their allocated country and we project it on to the wall outside so the party spills out of the kitchen and into the garden for Euro disco after the show finishes. One of my favourite features of the house is that relationship between the kitchen and the garden."

Go bold

"A must-have piece of furniture for me needs to be a statement piece, something that’s a feature in its own right. What makes our home ‘home’ is that it’s quirky and is suitably geeky with plenty of places to leave your glass of wine - that’s why the LEGO room is my favourite room in the house."

Bang on trend

"Dark and texture would be my interiors trend predictions for 2017. But Scandinavian design generally, you just can’t beat it."

Architectural digest

"As an architect, I think you maybe have more of a perception of how light and perspective work, and that helps with having a vision of what a space could look like. Natural light, lines of sight and how to create a focal point are all things to think about when you plan and decorate."

Match made in LEGOLAND

“Matt surprised me one Christmas with a Star Wars LEGO set that I kept looking at in the window of the shop in Cardiff, and since then I haven't stopped. Matt’s not really a ring person but when I proposed last New Year's Eve, as the gesture, I’d made a red LEGO engagement ring box, with a LEGO engagement ring inside.”

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Article written by: Hannah Lyons Powell
Photography by: India Hobson