Editors Note…oops, a bit of a hiccup with the 24 hour clock and publish times! I apologize if this was sent out twice!
I’m always quite funny when it comes to photographing our flats…it’s never ‘done’ in my mind so I end up putting it off. Then it seems like were moving and packing everything up and it’s no longer indicative of our life there. So in a true new year/new foot move I’ve taken pictures with no imminent relocation on the horizon and in it’s unfinished decoration (see what style I want here) – because if you’re anything like me you love a good nose into someone elses lifestyle. Plus, now that you have some context for where we live (please burglars/sickos don’t track us down. Thank you.), I’ll be enlisting you all in some decision making here on out. Hah this makes it all sound like I’m undergoing some massive restoration–I’m just picking some pillows and fabric!
The details: we live in central london- high street Kensington area to be exact. Our flat is a cozy 15 x 22 feet (which I think is 330 square feet?) in what would have been originally the living/front room of a grander house. In fact nearly all our neighbours houses still use this front room as exactly that and they never ever are in there. Ughm yah they never use the room that is all the space our little of family of three has… Stellar.
Small space living has so much to do with your location and how it was formed. I used to get very frustrated trying to get ideas from small spaces on apartment therapy and the like, because the flats worked because the builders had hung the bed from the ceiling or put an entire wall on a hinge. Not exactly transferable advice for the average renter. Now I find I am one of those (on a much less bond lair scale). But, I worked hard to find a flat as such! Having said that there are definitely tips and tricks some of which I’ve done and some that are on the wishlist which hopefully will be revealed somewhere along the way.
The entire reason our small flat works is because they built the bedroom three feet off the ground which a) provides storage and b) psychologically and physically separates you from the living area as the bed and the sofa aren’t rammed into each other. Plus you have to actually walk down the hallway and up steps to get to the bedroom, which although a small walk really helps!
spring area rug from woven ground, writing desk from ikea, tam tam stool from habitat, vintage orange lamp gift from antiques store in rye england, faux bois lampshade from habitat, ‘hindsight is twenty twenty’ print from keep calm gallery, sixties ercol chairs from ebay, wooden stool from zarahome, yellow duvet cover by Betty Jackson (debenhams!), white tins from ikea, shoe last from dulwich market, bicycle basket from bobbin bicycles, turtle from jonathan adler. sofa and glass tables- landlords own.
To find out my favorite (& least favorite things) …and for more photos read more!
Absolutely love the high ceiling in this flat, most especially the original detailing—it was the first thing I noticed. Our first flat in London was in North Finchley and in a new build and huuuuuge and completely void of any character or personality. Next up was a flat in Bayswater…a basement flat with high vaulted (coal?) ceilings in a period property…more character but lots of icky parts like extreme damp and nasty peeling walls etc…so now I feel like we’ve finally found a good compromise of period property features without any of the other ailments. Yay!
Ick, one of the reasons I didn’t want to take pictures…the chairs, or rather the covers. I was on a hunt for a reading chair for a looong time, but seemed to be stuck in an affordable furniture problem. Ikea didn’t have what I wanted and I was prepared to pay more than their prices…but the next step up (habitat I guess?) was too much. I finally found these chairs on ebay which was a bit unusual for me as I don’t typically look on ebay for large pieces as its too big of a hassle. I paid about ten times the amount of other ones going for a set that lived in London…apparently if you live up north you can get amazing antiques for a fiver. bleh. Anyway, they are super comfortable sixties ercol chairs in great shape…they.just.need. to. be. recovered. I hesitated last summer as I wasn’t sure if we were moving and were going to get rid of our dark colour scheme (which was a good move) but now it just needs to happen and quickly!
There were quite a few reasons we moved, but one of the things I was most excited about was being able to sit in our flat and look outside, as our previous flats either looked into a halfway house or didn’t have windows…AND I LOVE the big windows that look otu onto a beautiful street. Sure, you have to be craeful because everyone can see you…but I figure I’m not exciting enough to stare at. Also featured in this picture are two of my lamps…I love vintage lamps and sacrifice the greater good of a rooms design and styling for them as well. I just put them anywhere blind with love. It’s a bit hard to see but the lamp in front of the windows is a black turbaned man wearing red who also has a black turbaned wife who wears orange…I believe they are from the fifties and I bought them about 8 years ago in my hometown for 15 dollars for the pair…which I felt guilty about??!?! They’ve travelled with me ever since.
Notice there isn’t a tv? Shocking isn’t it? Well we have a bit of a compromise…we have the computer which was a ‘must have’…and axed the tv for space and balance of the apartment as well as getting us out of the couch potato seats. Granted we have a bit of a cheat with watching tv on the internet but it works out well because we only truly watch what we want to watch instead of hitting the on button and just spacing out. Love that change…