Viv Yapp's Recent Articles
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A Fashion Buyer-Turned-Blogger’s Charming London Home
Name: Liam and Emma Paton, with children: Finn (4) Violet (1) Location: Stoke Newington, London Size: 1700 square feet Years Lived In: 5 years, owned Emma Paton, a fashion buyer-turned-blogger (her blog is called Finlay Fox), and her musician husband Liam live in Stoke Newington in London with their two children Finn and Violet. It took them over two years to find and secure this double-fronted Victorian house; they completely gutted and renovated it with an architect friend.
Apr 14, 2018
A Big Fun Colorful Maximalist Mashup in Melbourne
Name: Trish Martin (And Harriet the Greyhound) Location: Preston — Melbourne, Australia Size: 645 square feet Years Lived In: 1 and a half a years, owned Trish Martin started her vintage journey during her early days as a blogger eight years ago. In this time she opened an online store, two brick-and-mortar vintage shops in Melbourne, an online magazine called The Vintage Post, and eventually sold them all to become a digital marketing specialist.
Apr 12, 2018
Designer Rachel Castle’s Australian Home Is a Colorful Explosion of Fun
You may know Rachel Castle from her colorful instagram feed, her gorgeous bed linen range, or her witty artwork.
Apr 9, 2018
Designer Donna Wilson’s Cheery East London Home
Name: Donna Wilson, husband Jon and two young kids Location: Leytonstone, East London Size: 1200 square feet Years Lived In: 4 years, owned Designer Donna Wilson is known for her colorful homewares and textile designs, and her husband Jon is a furniture designer who makes bespoke furniture for shops and galleries.
Mar 12, 2018
Jewelry Designer Pippa Small’s Colorful London Home
Name: Pippa Small Location: North Kensington, London Size: 1076 square feet Years Lived In: 7 years, owned As a successful jewelry designer and business owner, Pippa Small travels a lot. To exotic places like India, Bolivia, Nairobi, and in fact, was just about to dash to New York with her four-year-old twins the day after our shoot. So travel definitely plays a big part in her home, with lots of colors and items that were picked up from all over the world.
Feb 12, 2018
A Small, Renovated “Eclectic Scandinavian” West London Home
Name: Helga Stentzel, her husband Kirill and their boys Misha (8) and Timmy (3) Location: West London Size: 800 square feet Years lived in: 2 years, owned Helga Stentzel, or @made_by_helga as she’s better known on Instagram, lives in London with her husband and their two boys Misha and Timmy. Originally from Russia, Helga came to London to study graphic design at Central Saint Martins a decade ago.
Jan 30, 2018
This City Was Named the Coolest in UK in 2017… And It’s NOT London!
2017 is a big year for Bristol. Not only did the Rough Guides crown Bristol as the coolest city in Britain, the Sunday Times also named it best place to live in the country. This vibrant city in the southwest of England has beaten rivals like London, Oxford or Edinburgh, and should definitely be on the list for your next city break in the UK.
Dec 22, 2017
How To Make a Beautiful Pendant Lampshade Out of Wrapping Paper
I have always loved the look of an origami lampshade — the simplicity and graphic nature makes it a statement piece in any home. When my friend Erin showed me her new book Paper Parties, I couldn’t believe how easy it was to replicate one of these at home, for a fraction of the price you will pay in the shop, and you get to choose any pattern you would like!
Dec 3, 2017
A Nordic Style London Flat
Name: Isabella and Oscar Location: Wembley, London Size: 870 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 year, owned Having grown up, studied, and worked in Hong Kong, Isabella and Oscar went on a trip of a lifetime to Iceland, fell in love with Europe and decided to relocate to London together to pursue their dream of traveling around this little continent.
Nov 29, 2017
A Perfectly Pink, Adorable Apartment in London’s Notting Hill
Name: Violet Victoria Dent and Harry Dent Location: Notting Hill, London Size: 588 square feet Years Lived In: 2 years, renting Millennial pink, rose quartz — whatever you call it, pink is definitely having a moment. One designer in London loves it so much she’s surrounded herself with plenty of shades of pink in the maisonette she shares with her husband in Notting Hill, London.
Nov 10, 2017
This Home Is Cool New York Loft Meets Chic London Flat
Name: Laura Burkitt and Ben Sarner Location: Queen’s Park, London Size: 1,229 square feet Years Lived In: 18 months, owned Laura Burkitt, a lifestyle and event stylist, bought this two-bedroom flat in Queens Park, London with her boyfriend a year and a half ago. “We bought the apartment as we wanted a garden flat, and decided to do an extension and renovation to make more of the space.
Nov 7, 2017
A British Eclectic Style Hong Kong Home
Name: Michelle and Barry Location: Tai Hang, Hong Kong Size: 1800 square feet Years Lived In: 1.5 years, renting Having made London their home for seven years, Michelle and Barry had the opportunity to relocate to Hong Kong with work a year ago. It wasn’t an easy decision, as they had just bought and lovingly renovated their Victorian home in East London (with every wall painted in carefully chosen colors).
Jul 6, 2017
An Organic Modern Boho London Flat
Name: Missy Logan, Antony Shaw, Prudence (6), Lili (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, 2) Location: Harrow, London Size: Around 800 square feet Years Lived In: 3 years, renting You may remember this warm and funky garden flat submitted by Missy last year; it felt so cozy that I wanted to come and see it in person! Since then, Missy and her partner Antony have been busy upgrading the flat, putting in wooden flooring, new wallpaper, and painting walls.
Jun 29, 2017
An Illustrator’s Beautifully Minimal London Flat
Name: Pui Lee Location: Turnpike Lane — London, UK Size: Roughly 700 square feet Years lived in: 3 years, renting London-based illustrator Pui Lee is the founder of lifestyle brand Scout Editions, and lives in a two-bedroom Victorian terrace flat in North London.
Jun 12, 2017
A Stationery Shop Owner’s Contemporary & Playful Home
Sidonie Warren's contemporary home in Bristol is full of graphic art.
Jun 11, 2017
A Remodeled Industrial London Flat with a Decadent Touch
Name: Ned and Sarah Corbett-Winder Location: Shepherds Bush, London Size: Around 1600 square feet Years lived in: 18 months, owned Ned Corbett-Winder is the founder of Not-Another-Bill, an online subscription service from London that sends subscribers a unique surprise gift in the mail every month.
May 26, 2017
A Blogger’s ‘Happy Modern’ Renovated UK Home
Name: Fritha and Tom Quinn Location: Bristol, UK Size: 1000 square feet Years lived in: 7 years, owned Lifestyle blogger Fritha Quinn — also known as Tigerlilly Quinn — lives in a two-bedroom Victorian terrace with her husband Tom and their two adorable children Wilf and Mabli. The couple bought this home seven years ago when it was in a bit of a state, and since then have slowly taken time to renovate and make it their own.
May 4, 2017
A Bit-by-Bit Renovation of a Lovely London House
Name: Gosia, Anita and Josephine Location: Plumstead Common Size: 1,500 square feet Years lived in: Owned for 11 years Gosia and Anita live on a pretty tree-lined road in the outskirts of London with their three-year-old daughter Josephine. Originally from Poland, the family has lived in this home for 11 years, slowly and lovingly renovating it bit by bit ever since. “Anita is the creative one with crazy ideas everyday.
Apr 16, 2017
A Small, Eclectic Edwardian Cottage in London
Name: Maaike Mekking and Michael Aveling (and Alma, Rosa) Location: Sydenham, London Size: 758 square feet Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned Art director/Photographer Maaike Mekking and her husband Michael Aveling live in this cute little Edwardian cottage in South East London with their two young daughters Alma and Rosa.
Mar 26, 2017
A Young Family’s Monochromatic Hong Kong Home
Name: YC Chen, Kennie and Jami Location: Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong Size: 1,020 square feet Years lived in: 2.5 years, owned YC Chen is the Creative Director and founder of hoo, an interior design company in Hong Kong. YC and his wife Kennie moved into this two-bedroom apartment in Pok Fu Lam over two years ago with their son Jami, who was a toddler at the time. The most important thing for them was to create a space that is totally stylish and child-friendly.
Mar 23, 2017
A Simple-Chic Small Flat in London
Originally from Hong Kong, Sheyee has owned this 575 square foot flat for three years. Far from family, she's filled her home with sentimental pieces and good memories.
Feb 20, 2017
A Graphic, Geometric 500 Square Foot London Rental Flat
Name: Rhonda Drakeford Location: Hackney, East London Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: Rented for 1 year Living in a rental flat can be very limiting. You usually have to live with pretty bland walls and remodeling isn’t really an option…unless you want to spend a lot of money upgrading someone else’s house. So what can you actually do to a rental to make it a bit more Pinterest-worthy? Come and take a look at this one-bedroom flat in Hackney, East London.
Feb 13, 2017
A Chic Small Space in the Heart of London
Name: Katie McCrum Location: Camden — London UK Size: 650 square feet Years lived in: Owned for 14 years Situated in the Camden Square Conservation Area in London is this Scandi-inspired apartment by interior designer Katie McCrum. Katie has lived here for 14 years, and over the years has turned a rather unremarkable Victorian two-bedroom flat into an open, airy and relaxed home.
Jan 12, 2017
Scandinavian Simplicity Meets Victorian Charm in East London
Name: Irina Melsom and Hans Askheim (and kids Aleksandra, Markus) Location: Bethnal Green — London, UK Size: 1000 square feet Years Lived In: Owned for 4 years Originally from Norway, artists Irina and Hans have shared this Victorian three-bedroom terrace in East London with their daughter Aleksandra and son Markus for four years.
Jan 3, 2017
Before and After: A Kitchen Reno That Didn’t Break the Bank
You may remember Nisha and Tim Stevens’ house in South East London. Having spent most of their budget buying the house, Nisha and Tim had to be creative when it came to decorating. Luckily the couple is pretty handy and they saved a lot of money by renovating most of their old kitchen themselves. Nisha’s Advice: Paint an ugly kitchen worktop with an oil based blackboard paint. Ours was a not-very-nice wood-look laminate which we sanded back and then painted.
Jan 1, 2017
A Handmade Home in East London
Name: Aine Donovan and Eloise Jones Location: East London Size: 1200 square feet Years lived in: Owned for less than a year How much can happen in eight months? For this couple in London, Aine Donovan and Eloise Jones, turns out quite a lot. In this short period of time they have bought a house, gutted it, knocked down a few walls, painted every single surface, made beautiful furniture and even built a kitchen from scratch, all whilst being pregnant and preparing for a baby.
Dec 19, 2016
There’s Still Time! A Quick & Easy Idea to Decorate Your Tree for Less Than $4
Is it really only two weeks left until Christmas? It seems as though there’s an endless list of things to be done — decorating the house, buying presents, ordering the turkey…no wonder they say Christmas is the most expensive time of the year! Having said this, I absolutely love Christmas! And decorating the Christmas tree is our favorite thing to do.
Dec 10, 2016
Vintage Glam Meets Hygge in London
Name: Tom Foakes and Tom Bowen Location: Dalston, East London Size: 700 square feet Years Lived In: Owned for 16 years It seems as though we’re obsessed with decluttering at the moment. Last year it was all about the KonMari method and this year we’re seeing Danish Hygge everywhere. Both of these concepts are about creating a space that is calm, serene, peaceful and free of clutter, which are my first impressions when I stepped into this two bedroom flat in Dalston, London.
Nov 25, 2016
70s-Inspired Style in South East London
Name: Nisha Stevens, Tim Stevens (husband) and Kester Stevens (son, age 3) Location: Deptford, South East London Size: 1160 square feet Years lived in: Owned 4 years When I stepped into this flat-fronted Victorian terrace in South East London, it was as if I was magically thrown back in time to the ’70s. Nisha, an interior designer, and film producer husband Tim, are clearly big fans of the decade and it shows.
Nov 13, 2016
A Calm, Minimal Warehouse Conversion in London
Name: Sarah and Mike Location: Stoke Newington, London Size: 500 square feet Years lived in: Rented for a year Tucked behind the indie shops, vintage boutiques and artisan delis in Stoke Newington in London, is Sarah and Mike’s modern minimal home. The converted warehouse apartment has kept its original exposed brick wall, but is softened by lots of beautiful artwork and interesting objects, like vintage bows, handmade ceramic vases and hand-painted woodblocks.
Sep 19, 2016
A London Flat Inspired by Danish Design
Name: A-K Parker and Jeremy Gleeson Location: Stoke Newington, London Size: 628 square feet Years lived in: Rented for 3 years Light, airy and fun are my first impressions of this lovely one bed flat in Stoke Newington in London. A-K, a half-Danish art director in advertising, draws a lot of her inspiration from classic Danish design, which she likes to mix up with interesting objects she and her boyfriend Jeremy collected over the years while travelling.
Sep 11, 2016
A Classic London Victorian Terrace Home Goes Creative
Name: Mareka and Anders Stake with their 2-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son Location: Bethnal Green, East London Size: 98 square meters Years lived in: Owned over 5 years Set in the heart of the hustle and bustle of trendy East London is this Victorian terrace belonging to the Stake family. Mareka, an art director, together with her creative director husband Anders, have carefully designed everything in this beautiful house.
Sep 4, 2016
Simplicity Meets Parenthood in an Urban-Country UK Bungalow
Name: Ben and Viv Yapp, and their two little sons Covey and Arlo Location: Bristol, UK Size: 1,450 square feet Years lived in: Owned 1.5 years Having been in London for over 10 years, my husband and I finally decided to leave our little flat and moved to the countryside in Bristol.
Aug 17, 2016