Keegan's Balance of New & Old

Keegan's Balance of New & Old

Aaron Able
Nov 3, 2009

Name: Keegan
Location: Hackney neighborhood of London, England

This is my Victorian 1 bedroom converted apartment on the edge of a park in Hackney, London. Moving into my apartment presented many space issues. I was renting a much larger property prior, so I had to find unique ways to store and display my things with the flat feeling cluttered.

I decided to renovate the property with a clean, modern fitted kitchen and bathroom, and then to decorate it with antique and vintage pieces I've collected over the years to give the apartment a good balance of new and old. As a collector of musical instruments and art, I kept the walls bright white, with gallery appeal, to display them. I also hung my bicycle in my bedroom and used a clothes rail instead of a bulky clothes chest. I have under bed storage for clothes as well.

I chose a WW1 trunk to use as a coffee table and to double as storage. I built in the chunky shelving myself which provides great floor to ceiling display space. I built it around my radiator to conceal is slightly. My breakfast table folds on either side to save space when not in use.

My bathroom floor is engineered bamboo — very resilient in the wet and provides great warmth in the winter. The rest of the apartment floor is engineered oak. I also chose a wooden butchers worktop in the kitchen. More wood, less stone.

Green, red and white are the 3 dominant colors. Green breathes life in the apartment, the red warmth and the white gives a perception of space and calm.

Thanks, Keegan!

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