Its size! My husband Adrian is from Australia and I'm from Canada and we're used to larger homes. Moving to London last year after we married was a trip, our first apartment was under 400 square feet, so our current apartment, which we moved into a month ago, is like a mansion!
It's brand new, all white glossy cabinets, big windows and lots of light, nice floors - it's different from the typical (damp) Victorian conversion you often see in London.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
-Furniture with storage! Our Ikea sofa lifts up to store all of our blankets and bedding, our (awesome) credenza keeps our laptops, DVDs, cameras and games, and our bed has two drawers which holds our summer shoes. -Don't buy everything from one store! While a lot of our stuff is Ikea because we had to furnish this place all at once, we still bought a couple of vintage pieces online, and I brought my Eiffel chairs from Canada. -Art brings personality to our place! We make the most of living in Europe and travel a lot - so our (sometimes quirky) decor reflects our adventures with pieces we bring home. It shows our personality and it's been fun picking out pieces together!