Design Minded Organization in a London Flat

Design Minded Organization in a London Flat

Janel Laban
Mar 22, 2011

At Apartment Therapy, we're lucky to have readers from around the world — clearly design is an international language and we love it when the conversation goes both ways, from the editors to the readers and then, right back again. Julia, a reader from London, says she has gained inspiration and insight from the blog over the years, and in return just sent us images of her quirky, wonderful flat. It's filled with cute and clever ideas for organizing your stuff with style…

Photo above the jump: The entryway area includes this totally fun and motivational-for-the-morning poster - why just passively leave the house when you can blow the scene and jam?

Here is what Julia had to say in her email to us: I'm in London, UK, but I'm a huge fan of the website and it has been a constant inspiration to decorate my flat. I love animals and fairy tales, and has been very hard to make my flat NOT look like a nursery. I consider myself a highly organised clutterer, which is a curse really. I hoard so much stuff, but I manage to find space for everything so it doesn't really get in my way.

IKEA-hacked Malm dressers store tons of clothes and add a one-of-a-kind flair to the space, thanks to the DIY patchwork of Liberty fabrics on the drawer fronts.
A decorative charging station that holds a very smart organizing idea on top - a straw "clothes worn once" basket.
A large stacked group of highly decorative openwork boxes provide a whole wall of storage and helps enclose the sleeping area/bedroom.
Why hide your favorite shoes? When they are this cute, you might as well show them off.
More items that have pride of place in the bedroom display - they look good on the bright yellow backdrop and the placement keeps necesssities close at hand for when Julia wants to grab them and go.
An cabinet with an old-meets-new aesthetic houses an array of usable treasures, including a violin, typewriter and sewing machine.
No need to go subtle when choosing storage - a big, bold bright shadowbox houses Julia's collection of miniatures and ends up being a statement as well as a practical space-saving solution.
The in-the-corner landing strip just inside the front door doesn't take up much space at all. It's a simple, small round pedestal table that has a vintage vibe and holds all the necessities thanks to a tiny two level shelf with a birdcage like look.
In the eclectic mix on the fridge are organizational helpers such as a magnetic strip that holds the wine opener and a pair of scissors, a timer/clock and a whiteboard and pens for notes.
Turning what may not seem like ideal placement (in front of a window) for a sink into a stylish plus by using a grid of cool mirror tiles and the slim windowsill as open storage.

It's so great to see very practical ideas pulled off with this much personality and style - thanks for the email and inspiration, Julia!

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Images: Seedkeeper on Flickr, used with permission

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