Name: Teri and Nick Muncey
Location: Shepherds Bush, London, United Kingdom
Size: 512 square feet
Years lived in: 18 months; rented
Teri and Nick live in a first floor Victorian flat in west London, on a leafy street a short walk from the hustle and bustle of Shepherd's Bush high street. The compact space is flooded with both light and personality, and as a result feels spacious, cozy and comfortable.
The couple moved here a year and a half ago, and impressively, both work from home as well. Nick uses the hideaway "office" in the dining room, and Teri spreads out at the table, where she does freelance design work and DIYs for her blog, The Lovely Drawer. Despite the near-constant creating that goes on here, the flat feels remarkably clean and well-edited. Clever storage no doubt helps, from the wall of cupboards in the dining room (containing the aforementioned office), to the storage steps in the bedroom.
Still, evidence of Teri's handiwork is everywhere, from the art adorning the walls to the objects on the living room shelves. I comment on the bronze tin cans used as pen pots, and Nick laughs that "Teri's been on a bronze spray-paint rampage lately". Because they rent and are limited in what they can do to their home's bones, Teri and Nick ensure that every decorative detail is intentional, reflecting their personalities as well as their shared history and values.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
My Style: Clean and simple with pops of colour and homemade touches.
Inspiration: My design work often spills over into the look and feel of our apartment. We’ve always wanted a light, peaceful and welcoming space that has a lot of our style and personality running through it.
Favorite Element: Even though our home is compact it has an amazing amount of built in storage and clever use of space. There’s great natural light in the front of the apartment which gives an airy feeling despite its size. I have a real thing about getting lots of natural light and it definitely helps with photographing products I style and make.
Biggest Challenge: Trying to get a table and chairs that would comfortably fit in our side room was a challenge. We love having people into our home for meals so it was really important to us from the start to have a decent sized dining table. It took a lot of measuring and research to work with the snug space.
What Friends Say: Friends are very complimentary and love the open plan feel. We’ve also had lots of comments about how ‘us’ it is which is what we’d hope for.
Biggest Embarrassment: When we moved in we managed to navigate our single leather arm chair up the narrow staircase but just couldn’t angle it to go through the front door. We tried for a very long time, considered trying to hoist it onto the terrace outside as well as abandoning it completely. In the end our new neighbours opened their door (opposite ours), greeted by 8 people and a fat leather chair wedged into their door. This was our first introduction. Luckily the chair could then be maneuvered in with their door open!
Proudest DIY: Obviously being in a rented apartment has meant a lot of limitations in terms of full scale DIY projects. Having been given the go ahead to put pictures on the wall we’ve had to transform the place with my framed artwork, canvases as well as little homemade vases with reused objects. I guess painting our bed also made a real difference to the feel of the bedroom.
Biggest Indulgence: Perhaps not in price but the white quilt on our bed was handmade by Nick’s Mum. Each square is a different pattern and it took her over 2 years to complete so it feels very indulgent every time we sleep under it and it’s obviously beautiful to look at!
Best Advice: Be genuine in translating your style into your home and it isn’t necessary to spend loads to create a lovely space. Choose what needs to be investment pieces that really last and then shop around for little bargains when it comes to the rest.
Dream Sources: This may sound like a joke but eBay! You can find anything and for the best price if you look hard enough. Ikea of course! I also love a shop called Tiger which is a Scandinavian chain and frequently changes its stock. You can find some quirky home gems in there.
Resources of Note:
- Leather sofas- second hand
- Crates- Portobello Market
- Pixar lamp- Amazon
- Rug- Urban Outfitters
- Toy box bench, bar stools, thin book shelf unit, lantern style lamp- Ikea
- Copper plant pots and pen pots- old tins and pots spray painted copper
- Eye test cushion, throw, Clock, Bin, large candle and holder - John Lewis
- Coral geometric cushion- Hema
- Dash pattern cushion- homemade
- Small cushion on toy box- Charity shop
- White vase- Tiger
- Yellow glass bottle - TK Maxx
- Large Canvas- Designed by myself and printed through www.my-picture.co.uk
- Prints in Frames: Frames- Tiger, Little girl postcard- Belle & Boo, You are my Sunshine postcard- Rifle Paper Co and all other prints homemade, Gem tapestry hoop- homemade for The Lovely Drawer
- Enamel mugs- Utility
- Mint cereal bowls- Anthropologie
- Gold patterned tea set- a gift
- Milkshake glasses- Ikea
DINING ROOM / OFFICE
- Table and chairs, white box organizers- Ikea
- Vases- Butlers
- Map- Paperchase
- Mirror- Matalan
- Mini globe lights- Amazon
- Eames style Eiffel desk chair- eBay
- Artwork- Homemade
- Clock- John Lewis
- Cutlery tray, knife block and spice rack- John Lewis
- Kettle and Toaster- Debenhams
- Fruit bowl- second hand
- Tea, Coffee, Sugar tins- Jamie Oliver
- Pendant lamp- Ikea
- Clipboard- eBay Free printable Calendar - Jasmine Dowling
- Canvas- homemade
- Bed- Second hand and painted white
- Bed spread and pillow covers- Tesco Direct
- Quilt- Handmade
- Cushion covers- H&M home
- Bedside tables & laundry basket- John Lewis
- Lamp stands- Ikea
- Rug- eBay
- All wall art- handmade
- Hanging plant and bracket- Ikea
- Pot plant- Homebase and painted by hand
- No nails jewelry hooks- Homebase
- Jewelry goblet- Tiger
- Table and chairs- Tesco Direct
- Ceramic pot- Tiger
Thanks, Teri and Nick!
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