This Small London Flat Features a Plethora of Playful Patterns (and It Works!)
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Name: David Gillespie (plus lots of people, as I Airbnb one room). The other bedroom I rent to my friend Joe
Location: Manor Park, London
Type of home: Apartment
Size: 775 square feet
Years lived in: 4 years, fortunate enough to own
Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Mid-century fun
Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: The flat is an ex-council flat built in the ’60s. Historically, council flats have had a stigma attached to them in the UK, due to the class-obsessed nature of our society, that stigma being that they are for the “under classes.” Well, now council no longer builds houses and it’s left to the private sector, and history has proven how wonderful these flats were, in terms of design, quality, and size.
Unfortunately, when I bought the flat it was in a horrific state, and wasn’t fit to be a home. Over the past four years I have lovingly renovated it. There are still things to do, but I feel it’s nearing my vision now.
What is your favorite room and why? The balcony. When I purchased the flat the balcony didn’t feature in my decision at all. However, I’m drawn to it; I find myself there every morning and evening whatever the weather.
What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? Spadone vase. It’s heartbreaking that they are closing.
Any advice for creating a home you love? Take your time, let inspiration arrive organically. Sometimes things work out best with design when you don’t have a plan and things happen over time and get added to. Avoid new high street furniture. Buy secondhand; it’s infinitely better quality, the same price, and won’t look dated in years to come.
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