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Who are you? The Breuer out of Breuer & Dawson, 7 King St. Ladies and gents outfitters.

Why Margate? Miles of smiles.

How would you describe your style? Effortless.

If you were an animal, what would you be? Rattlesnake.

Best and worst thing about your move to Margate? The best-the morning walk along the front from Albert terrace to king street, to open the shop. The worst-hasn’t happened yet.

Best and Worst thing about your renovation experience? Best – realising that all the random objects I’ve accumulated over the years had a common purpose in the house. Worst – fleas (although Rick the pest control man is smashing, and even more of a bowie obsessive than me, so it aint all bad).

If you could go back and live in another era from a design point of view, when, where & why? I hate the past.

Object of desire for your house? Vera Lynn.

If you could change one thing about your house what would it be? Stanna stair lift.

Who are your heroes? Rudolph Schenker, Kirkland Laing.

What inspires you? Double espressos.

Most recent item purchased for your home? An industrial table from the good folks at hunky dory.

What do you collect? Not much, I’m a dealer not a collector, but I’ll always buy veldtschoen shoes or boots in a size 9 or 10.

What couldn’t you live without? Music….yesterday it was Jim James – a new life, today its CSN&Y – carried away.

Describe your perfect day  Tomorrow.

Best advice you’ve been given? Ever tried, ever failed, no matter, try again, fail again, fail better, Samuel Beckett, via my brother Alex.

What are your goals for 2013? Continued success for Breuer & Dawson, promotion for Leeds united.

In 10 years time where would you like to be? To still be with the woman I love.

If you could spend a night in anywhere in the world, where and why? Right now, I’d love to go back 40 years to a family holiday we had camping in northern France. Me, my brother and sister, and mum and dad. All in one millets tent. I can’t remember ever being as happy as that.

What is your biggest weakness? It’s a toss up between alcohol, and the amount of petrol I put in my car. It’s a “74 Mercedes coupe. Lovely, but thirsty…..just like me.

If you were exiled to the Maunsell Sea Forts what three things would you take with you? I would re-instate the bofors gun to shoot at passing jet-skis, take a guitar to try to remember how to write songs, and a pair of clean underpants.

ROUND-UP: Paul’s house makes up one half of a Grade II listed Georgian building, which looks out over sea and sky – an incredible location. Hours could be whiled away at the window looking out to sea. However the interior of Paul’s home is just as captivating, although not a ‘collector’ as such, Paul’s love of music, clothing and all things vintage is very apparent in his home, a timeless collection of furnishings, curiosities are on display in each room and although Paul’s interest’s seem not to be decade specific his home has a feeling of 1940’s simplistic no fuss living which has a charm and quality all of its own.

WHERE TO BUY: Hunky Dory – 24 High St, Town Centre, Margate CT9 1DS

Margate is full of curiosities at the moment, visit Turner Contemporary’s new exhibition to get your fill.

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