Name: Caroline and Simon Rowland, and daughter Ruby
Location: Kingston, London, UK
Size: 784 square feet
Years lived in: 6 years; owned
This light and welcoming ground-floor garden flat in south London is home to Caroline Rowland, husband Simon and baby Ruby. Caroline is owner of Patchwork Harmony, an interiors and lifestyle blog celebrating all that is vintage, thrifty and handmade, and is now publishing the quarterly 91 magazine. And just as you'd expect, Caroline's love of vintage finds and modern crafts is beautifully displayed in her family's cozy, creative home.
The light and bright living room at the front is filled with a mix of old and vintage pieces, as are the master bedroom and Ruby's sweet nursery.
The back of the apartment was originally divided into a small kitchen and a separate dining room, but when Caroline and Simon were expecting baby Ruby, they set about creating an open, eat-in kitchen with space for family activities and socialising alongside cooking and eating, which would be ideal for their new family life. The dividing wall between the two rooms was knocked down, the side door in the kitchen bricked up and the flooring in the dining area was removed to reveal the original Victorian floorboards.
With the building work well underway but far from completion, events took an unfortunate turn when the builders abandoned the project, so Caroline and Simon ended up finishing the work themselves over a period of several (very busy!) months. Now completed, the room is delightful: full of character and colour, and flooded with natural light, thanks to the door onto the garden and the white-painted floorboards, which bounce light around the room. The highlight of the room is definitely the large island in the centre of the room, with its beautiful copper-trimmed worktop, ample space for food preparation and storage, and vintage bar stools for seating.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Modern vintage, with a little bit of contemporary Scandinavian influence thrown in
Inspiration: The internet is a huge source of inspiration - blogs, pinterest, Instagram - and I'm also inspired by Mollie Makes magazine, and by restaurants and bars we visit.
Favorite Element: The kitchen-dining room, which was originally two smaller rooms; we started the work last year and have only just finished - but it has been more than worth it!
Biggest Challenge: Dealing with builders, who then abandoned the kitchen work part-way through, and having to finish off the work ourselves while expecting a baby.
What Friends Say: They love it.
Biggest Embarrassment: The garden, which is shared with the upstairs flat, and which we've always intended to update but never got around to it.
Proudest DIY: The island worktop, made with reclaimed wood and copper, and which we fitted ourselves.
Biggest Indulgence: The Smeg appliances in the kitchen.
Best Advice: Go with what you love rather than slavishly following trends; don't try and make everything too matchy-matchy; also, change things around from time to time to freshen things up.
Dream Sources: Big fleamarkets in New York and Los Angeles; I'd love to buy original pieces of midcentury design.
PAINT & COLORS
Floors painted in Farrow and Ball's Wimborne White
Walls painted in Dulux Timeless (living room, kitchen, Ruby's room)
Woodwork painted in Craig and Rose 1829 Moonstone Grey
Chairs in dining room painted in Farrow and Ball's Nancy's Blushes and Pale Powder
Master bedroom walls painted in Fired Earth Pale Cirrus
Sofa from Heals
Pink cushions, from Society6.com
Round cushion from TK Maxx
Spotty cushion and small patchwork cushion handmade by Caroline
Green filing cabinet from The Old Cinema in Chiswick
The bird prints were bought at Sunbury Antiques Market; custom frames from eframe.co.uk
The mirrored bookcase was from Laura Ashley (a long time ago though!)
Desk chair is from voga.com
Green basket holding papers, from Tiger.
On the mantlepiece:
Bottles and jars are vintage, found at flea markets & car boot sales
White candlesticks were from a little shop in Somerset called Horse and Crook
The metal stand holding a reading from Caroline and Simon's wedding, from Shop Ruche
‘All you need is love’ card is by Caroline Briel – Cinq Mai
Candle on books is by Rewined Candles
Small bowl from Liberty
Footed vase and glass jar are both vintage, but came from The Other Duckling
Bear print is by Seventy Tree
The boxed Butterfly is by Liberty Belle London
Sideboard, bought on eBay
Vase, from Cox and Cox
Radio, bought in Snoopers Paradise market in Brighton
Striped basket, from Tea and Kate
Radiators from Period House Store, and spray-painted in Plasitkote Metallic Copper
Table, from made.com
Chairs painted in Farrow and Ball and Caroline made the seat pads using fabric from M is for Make.
Pendant lights from John Lewis
Mirror, bought in Kingston Antiques Centre
Framed print on wall behind table by Little Green Shed
Print on hanger is by Charlotte Love
Luggage sign, teapot and mason jar were bought at flea markets.
School stools (by kitchen island) from eBay
Cupboard from TK Maxx
On the cupboard:
Poster, from a French flea market
Flower lamp, from Habitat
Enamel teapot from Wayfair
White plant pot from The White Company
Old frame, trays, books, small cup all vintage
Cream candle holders from dotcomgiftshop.com
Green metal candle holders from John Lewis
Copper lantern (on floor, next to mantlepiece) from Wayfair
Owl Money Box (on mantlepiece) from Caravan
Floor tiles by Armatile
Oven gloves by Thornback and Peel
Fridge, oven and hob all by Smeg
Grey vintage cupboard from Goose Home and Garden
Taps from www.coltonbathroomsupplies.com
Chopping board is by Seventy Tree
Framed print is by Yourtype from Southwood Stores. Frame by eframe.co.uk
Spoon rack from a French flea market
Kettle from Garden Trading
Teatowels by Cath Kidston, pot holder made by Caroline.
Grey vintage cupboard from Goose Home and Garden
Kitchen hooks were from Graham and Green
Wallpaper is by Thornback and Peel
Small box shelves on wall were from Pale and Interesting
Bed from Heals
Duvet set from BHS
Cushions made by Caroline using Liberty fabric
Left hand drawers were from a charity shop and the right hand drawers were bought on eBay.
Orange lamp is from Habitat
Alarm clock from John Lewis
Everything else was vintage, from car boot sales or markets
Postcard by bed is by Audrey Jeanne
Mini fan decoration from Adeline Klam in Paris
Letters on door were a gift from Caroline's mother-in-law
Grey cupboard from Goose Home and Garden
Wire storage rack was bought from Butlers Emporium in Hastings
Wicker chair is Ikea
Cushion on chair from Society6.com
Drawers from eBay
Curtains were from Ikea, and Caroline added the pom-pom trim herself
Shelves were from a charity shop and repainted by Caroline.
Ice cream decoration on cupboard was from The Hambledon
Little girl postcard is by Caroline Briel – Cinq Mai
Circus Elephant was from Tea and Kate
Wallpaper is by Ferm Living bought from This Modern Life
On chest of drawers:
Bambi from Tea and Kate
Bear by Donna Wilson
Shoes from Zara Baby
Toadstool lamp from Bimbily
Child's chair by the door is vintage
Soft toys were gifts, but are from John Lewis
Caroline made the cushion and the bag on the left hand hook
Hooks are from The Hambledon
Fabric bag with RUBY was made by a lovely friend who runs deconohut
Coat was a gift, it’s from Benneton Baby
Plates are vintage,and Caroline added decals from Lou Rota
Candle from Anthropologie
Soap on windowsill from The Future Kept
Towel from John Lewis
Watering can from Clas Ohlson
Grid and plant pots were spray painted using Plastikote paint.
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Thanks, Caroline and Simon!
(Image credits: Cathy Pyle)