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My favourite room: the cool coastal pad of celebrity hairdresser Mark O'Keeffe

Hairdresser Mark O’Keeffe has his dream job and a large family he adores. All he and his fiancee Aimee Penco needed was the right home, and they got that last Easter, just before their latest arrival

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Mark and Aimee in their living room. Photo: Tony Gavin

Mark and Aimee in their living room. Photo: Tony Gavin

The kitchen/dining room in Mark O'Keeffe and Aimee Penco’s home. The playroom is at the bottom of the garden

The kitchen/dining room in Mark O'Keeffe and Aimee Penco’s home. The playroom is at the bottom of the garden

The drinks cabinet, which is designed to look like a trunk, is from Mokum Interiors in Camden Street

The drinks cabinet, which is designed to look like a trunk, is from Mokum Interiors in Camden Street

Mark in the playroom with three of his 100 pairs of runners. "I’ve a bit of shoe fetish" he laughs. The photos of his gorgeous kids were all taken by Mark himself, a keen photographer. "He does all the shoots for the salons," Aimee says proudly

Mark in the playroom with three of his 100 pairs of runners. "I’ve a bit of shoe fetish" he laughs. The photos of his gorgeous kids were all taken by Mark himself, a keen photographer. "He does all the shoots for the salons," Aimee says proudly

A detail of the upstairs bathroom. Fortunately, given the five kids, they have two bathrooms

A detail of the upstairs bathroom. Fortunately, given the five kids, they have two bathrooms

The hall table and mirror are both from Mokum Interiors. The couple collected pieces of furniture they liked before they ever bought the house, so they had plenty of items to furnish it

The hall table and mirror are both from Mokum Interiors. The couple collected pieces of furniture they liked before they ever bought the house, so they had plenty of items to furnish it

The master bedroom complete with Kylie duvet cover. Sleep is a bit of a luxury for Mark and Aimee, as they rarely get a full night. "You might get two good nights, then you’ll have two nights when Riley will drag you downstairs in the middle of the night to get him cereal, a drink, TV, and there's no point objecting, you have to give in in the end," says Aimee

The master bedroom complete with Kylie duvet cover. Sleep is a bit of a luxury for Mark and Aimee, as they rarely get a full night. "You might get two good nights, then you’ll have two nights when Riley will drag you downstairs in the middle of the night to get him cereal, a drink, TV, and there's no point objecting, you have to give in in the end," says Aimee

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Mark and Aimee in their living room. Photo: Tony Gavin

Playrooms in general are fairly standard - comfy furniture, a TV, possibly a PlayStation, definitely lots of toys.

But an aspect of the playroom in the home of hair supremo Mark O'Keeffe, and his fiance, Aimee Penco, stands out, and that's the shelving crammed with Nike boxes. And the casual observer might jump straight to the conclusion that Mark's kids must be pretty indulged to have all these runners.


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