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. These include beautiful homeware from brands like Hay, Tom Dixon and HK Living, more obscure items from auctions or vintage markets, and Ned's own designs, like his splatter print collaboration with Italian ceramicist Nicola Fasano. With Ned's eclectic style and love for quirky things, it's no surprise his own home is also a feast for the eyes.
Ned and his wife Sarah bought this three-story flat three years ago, but they weren't able to move in for well over a year. While the couple were anxiously waiting for planning permission and for the building work to complete, they temporarily lived in eight different flats!
"The flat is a complete rebuild; we did a lot of structural alterations and planning how best to use the space. We were incredibly hands-on with every element and are proud to know exactly where every switch, cable, socket and pipe lead to," Ned says.
When you walk into the open plan kitchen/dining area, you're met with a Carrara marble worktop, herringbone wall tiles and teal cabinets with brass accents. Next to the kitchen, a huge metal staircase — designed by the duo and made in Sheffield — brings you to the mezzanine level, which was converted from the loft.
"We even know exactly how much gap there is between the spindles," Ned tells me. "The whole space was very much designed around us and how we wanted to live in it. The metal staircase and the mezzanine really opens up the flat and connects our kitchen and living room." This unusual layout of having a living room on a mezzanine level also means that the couple can make the most of the view of London.
Downstairs (which was the original kitchen) has now been converted into the master bedroom with his and her sinks, a walk-in wardrobe and a luxurious cast iron bath. "Having meticulously measured the space for our cast iron bath, when it arrived we realised it couldn't fit up the stairs. We then had to hire a crane to install it," Ned tells me, "Not a proud moment."
After a year and a half, Ned and Sarah finally have the house of their dreams, and moments like this has long been forgotten. They've created a truly stunning space that's personal, eclectic and totally one-of-a-kind. Much like his online shop, it's full of delightful surprises.
Apartment Therapy Survey:
Our Style: Eclectic, industrial, graphic and with a decadent touch. Our style is a collection of objects, art, texture and design we love.
Inspiration: Texture and colours are incredibly important. I love many aspects of design; this ranges from chic minimal Scandinavian like brands such as Hay and Ferm Living to a more quirky and eclectic English country style.
Favorite Element: Would probably be the pink suede porter's chair. We designed it ourselves, working with a Spanish furniture maker we found in Madrid. Another favorite would be our collection of art; my mother is a painter and we have a growing collection of her works. A patchwork green Turkish rug from Istanbul that was a wedding present from Sarah's parents is also a favorite. And a beautiful "William Yeoward" wicker bench that lives at the end of our bed.
Biggest Challenge: Managing to somehow get a fig tree up four flights of stairs and not do too much damage to either the tree or the flat.
What Friends Say: It's quite varied, most are struck by just how much there is to see. It is a real collection of objects and quirky details. Actually a lot of friends comment on why we have a giant Roman column!
Biggest Embarrassment: Having meticulously measured the space for our cast iron bath, when it arrived we realised it couldn't fit up the stairs. We then had to hire a crane to install it. Not a proud moment.
Proudest DIY: The kitchen table, which we designed ourselves and had some steel workers make the frame whilst we sourced the marble. Or the bench which was a leftover floor board from our bedroom floor. We purchased some metal legs and turned it into our bench.
Biggest Indulgence: The column that runs up the stairs, definitely not a necessity to the flat, but exactly what we wanted.
Best Advice: It never has to be finished. We see our flat as a constantly evolving project. Moving pictures around, painting a wall here and there, collecting yet more weird, wild and wonderful things.
Kitchen units - barlowandbarlow.com
Walls - unfinished plaster.
Stools - hay.dk
Tiles in White. patchwork effect wallsandtiles.co.uk
Hanging light - hectorfinch.co.uk
Build in Wall cupboard - Studio Green (Farrow & Ball)
Steel beam - Railings (Farrow & Ball)
Sofa - Blue suede 'descartes' by sofa.com
Italian Ceramics sold at notanotherbill.com
LIVING ROOM LOFT
Walls - Concrete effect
Back Wall roof terrace facing - Dimpse Farrow & Ball
Sofa - bluebell by Sofa.com
Flooring - woven Carpet by crucial trading
Tables - a collection by hay.dk, ferm living & House Doctor.
Entrance/Stairwell - Cinder Rose (Farrow & Ball)
Cupboard - Studio Green (Farrow & Ball)
Cinder Rose (Farrow & Ball)
Paint over wooden stairs - Pavilion Gray (Farrow & Ball)
Wallpaper - Farrow & Ball
Wood Panelling in Hague blue (Farrow & Ball)
Bench from William Yeoward
Pink Porter's chair - Custom designed made by Decolab
Flooring - Dinesden Douglas Fir extra wide planks
Rug - found in Istanbul
Collection of 22 flower prints - available from notanotherbill.com
Walls - Dimpse (Farrow & Ball)
Bath - Cast Iron Bath Company
Taps & shower - Lefroy & Brooks
Vanity Unit - custom made with green marble
Loo - Drummonds Throne
Art Print - Slim Aarons.
Tiles - (Bert & May)
Units custom finished in - Railings (Farrow & Ball)
Flooring - Carpet from Crucial Trading
Wallpaper - Cole & Son
Panel wall/Built in loo - Railings / Dimpse
Flooring - Hexagon tiles /navy/white boarder
Walls - Arsenic (F&B)
Flooring- Carpet by crucial trading
Folding bed - conran.com