Small Cool 2009: Catherine's Urban Garden

International Division #21

Who Lives Here: Catherine
Location: London, United Kingdom
Size: 522 square feet

What is your one favorite element in your small, cool home? Despite the low sloping ceilings, my home is extremely light and bright. This is largely due to the triple aspect windows, some of which look onto the garden — it gets so light that it can sometimes feel like being outdoors. I therefore wanted to bring elements of the garden into the flat with the plants and flowers, the grass growing out of the pelmet of the French doors, the floral prints and petal pink accent colours.

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What was one of the biggest challenges you faced in furnishing your small home? I wanted to show that it is possible to stylishly furnish a flat on a small budget, which meant that my biggest resource had to be myself (with a little help from Hobbycraft and IKEA). Most of the art is my own work, I customised the dining chairs by wallpapering the backs, made a screen that can be slid out of the built-in wardrobe in my dressing area to create a separate room, drew my own designs on the crockery and made most of the cushions. My best bargain was the vintage Bertoia chair, which my father bought in the 1970s and had been gathering dust in my parent’s house.

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