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.
The couple is pretty handy themselves. Sarah reupholstered an old kitchen stool (which they got for free from a Greek restaurant) in red leather to give it a new life. Mike made the really quirky loo roll holder from an old Christmas tree. They also made the table for Sarah's studio with pieces of plywood and folding saw legs from eBay.
"The dream would be to have a very minimally furnished flat with a lot more greenery creeping everywhere," Sarah says. Whilst sometimes the 'minimalist' look can be quite clinical, what we've got in this flat is an urban oasis influenced by Japanese clean lines, Scandinavian design and modern minimalism. It's so calm and serene, I almost forgot we're in London.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Minimal.
Inspiration: Japanese clean lines, my parents' and grandparent's houses.
Favorite Element: Big windows, lots of light and open plan kitchen and dining room.
Biggest Challenge: Getting the sofa up the stairs.
What Friends Say: It's like a New York apartment!
Biggest Embarrassment: How messy we are.
Proudest DIY: The table in the studio.
Biggest Indulgence: The giant orange ceramic bowl made by a Pentonville prisoner.
Best Advice: Keep everything simple.