Lesley's Little London Flat

Lesley's Little London Flat

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Janel Laban
May 23, 2015
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Name:
Lesley
Location:
London United Kingdom
Square Feet:
515
Division:
International
What I Love About My Small Home:
This is the first flat I have owned and it's located right in the middle of Angel which is a charming neighbourhood in London with lots of green spaces, cool restaurants and amazing speakeasy cocktail bars. It's on the top floor of a Grade II listed Edwardian building from the 19th century but I got it at a steal because it hadn't been modernized since the 80s and so the first thing I did was to gut the red bathroom and green kitchen! I fell in love with the loft ceiling and 18th century beams and that's what made me decide to buy it. There's so much light and sunshine (which is a premium in London!) and it makes the flat seem much bigger than it really is. After moving to London five years ago it's been wonderful having a home to call my own and my flat is my own little happy bubble in the crazy busyness of living in London.
Three of My Best Tips and Tricks for Creating a Successful Small Space::
1. Painting the walls in a bright, clean white is a perfect canvass for displaying my artwork and pieces collected from my time in Europe as well as family heirlooms from the Far East that remind me of Singapore, which is where I'm from.
2. There isn't as much space as I like so I make sure that my things are both practical and beautiful. The shoe cupboard was a present from a vintage market in London and it allows me to display my shoe collection and is also great to look at in itself! China teapots are used to brew tea and double up as flower displays
3. As is common in London flats, the reception room and kitchen are located in the same open plan. To clearly define the living, dining and kitchen spaces I've hung different lights for each area. But I've stuck to black or gold frames for all my artwork in order to tie the whole space together. I've even hung up a quirky cross-stitch that my sister made me for Christmas in the bathroom!
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