Go on, take a sneak peek inside my London flat…

Anyone who lives in a rented property will know how much of a nightmare it is to decorate. Not only do you have to contend with the current state of decor – hello moss-green carpet and net curtains – but you can’t do anything exciting like put holes in the wall. Sigh.

I struggle on a daily basis to like anything in my flat, probably because I spend so much time pouring over Pinterest. It’s bloomin’ depressing right?

But there are a few pieces, a few corners, nooks and crannies that don’t make me want to kill myself/move into the recycling bin outside/paint my walls black.

Come on, have a little look…

I’m lucky that my flat is from the Victorian era and still has some of the traditional features. In my kitchen i’ve got this built-in fireplace and behind the table is the remains of an amazing old oven. Sad face that I can’t see it.

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I’ve also got an amazing built-in shelving unit/side board, which, unfortunately has been modernised with tacky drawer handles.

It makes for an amazing place to show off my photos – slightly more elegant than making a collage on my wall with Blue Tac…

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Photos and frames: various, glasses: Tesco

I developed a harrowing addiction to cushions whilst at university and feel to guilty about throwing them out. So I’ve taken to placing them in places that really don’t require them…

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Cushions: Primark

 

These are a few of my favourite kitchen trinkets. I love jars and pots, and save jam jars and anything that can be used for storage. These glass jars cost 50p each from Tiger in Stratford and a currently storing my curry herbs in them, obvs.

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Glass jars: Tiger, polka dot place mats: Laura Ashley, cupcake tin: Tesco

I love clustering vases and candles and pretty glass pots together – especially with fresh blooms. Below is a pretty Moroccan lamp from the lovely people at Herbal Essences, whilst the yellow jar is a vintage piece passed down from Nanny Gale.

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My bedroom has an equally Victorian theme – I’m obsessed with my original fireplace.

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This is probably one of my favourite pictures in my flat – a vintage map of Manhattan that I picked up at a flea market in Brooklyn last year. Here i’ve displayed it along with some of my tea glasses from Marrakech.

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Honestly, my candles are a mixture of gifts and freebies from my time at LOOK. My brass photo frame was a piece I bought on eBay a few years ago, whilst the pretty fresh flowers were a surprise gift from my boyfriend. *Inserts incredibly smug face*

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This is my latest favourite thing. My leaving card from the lovely LOOK ladies, framed in a £3 frame from a Suffolk car boot. The woman who sold it to me thought I was genuinely interested in the Raphael painting that came with is. Bless.

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I’ve always been rubbish at using clothes as feature pieces, but this Inspired By kimono from Miss Selfridge is undoubtedly the prettiest, sparkliest, most exciting thing I’ve ever owned.

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Kimono: Miss Selfridge

I’ve doubled it up as a place to store the jewellery I no longer wear but can’t myself to get rid of…

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Kimono: Miss Selfridge

This isn’t the most exciting piece, but it was the treat I bought myself after LOOK.co.uk won website of the year at the IPC Media Awards in 2013.

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Print: NotOnTheHighStreet.co.uk

My bedside table is looking a little drab at the moment. I want some exciting and bright books to add to the illusion. My canvas was a £3 buy from a sale in Cambridge back in 2008, whilst my tins and books are a combination of gifts and car boot finds.

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Finally, my bathroom. My bathroom is an utter mess. Like, it’s disgusting. My cat manages to get her litter all over the place, and I have an endless pile of towels from different visiting guests. The one teeny place that doesn’t bring me sadness is this little cub of organisation next to my bath…

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I’m hoping i’ll get time this summer to spend lots more time at car boots – half for the yummy cakes and half so I can rummage for more vases, more trinkets and more pretty rubbish.


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