This London Home Inspired by ’90s Teen Movies Will Have You Saying ‘As If’

published Dec 8, 2022

This London Home Inspired by ’90s Teen Movies Will Have You Saying ‘As If’

published Dec 8, 2022
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Name: Francesca Kletz, Robert Strange and baby Fievel
Location: Hackney — East London, United Kingdom
Size: 775 square feet
Type of Home: A Grade II listed Georgian terrace house
Years Lived In: 3 years, owned

Textile designer, interior designer, and London Loom founder Francesca Kletz says she’s loved the color pink since she was a child, and so when her and partner, visual artist and director Robert Strange, bought this 775-square-foot home in East London three years, there was a strong chance pink would show up. But that’s not the only passion of hers that fills the compact but organized space. Also a fan of floral prints and teen movies from the 1990s, those influences are expressed in the decor, as well as a mix of both Francesca and Robert’s backgrounds, too.

“Robert is a Kiwi and I’m a Jewish Londoner so our ideas about living space really is an amalgamation of all these places and heritages,” Francesca explains. “Lots of our posters are from NZ and Israel and I think the brightness is very Middle Eastern/Antipodean and a bit of Camden and Soho thrown in, too.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: I always loved the color pink, and since I was about 5 years old have wanted to paint my entire home in it. I love lots of color together or mismatching colors and textures. I love floral prints from any decade and style and I like to put them together. I like small unexpected details like Edward Scissorhands or our lilac David statue we bought in Florence.

Inspiration: Anything colorful, a bit retro inspired, inspired by films like “Romy & Michele,” “But I’m a Cheerleader,” and “Clueless.” We love pop videos, cartoons, as well as the cities of Tokyo and Tel Aviv and the juxtaposition between all those places and things.

Favorite Element: Our views are amazing; it’s what really sold the apartment to us — we overlook a square in Hackney and have a very pretty garden in the back so we have a beautiful view from every window, which is incredibly rare for Central London.

Biggest Challenge: We decided to change the structure of our kitchen and bathroom entirely to create a bigger kitchen with lots of light. We started in March 2020 so there’s no need to explain why it was extra difficult to get it finished. I think it’s also so difficult when you make big decisions about interiors because it’s expensive to change anything so there’s a lot of pressure to get it right. In the end I really sat down with the layout of the kitchen and tried to envision making some of my favorite dishes — how would I navigate the space? I’m so pleased with the way the kitchen turned out; I think it’s beautiful, a pleasure to sit in, and extremely functional.

Credit: Selena Kirchoff

Proudest DIY: I always think of our peach chest of drawers as my proudest DIY moment. I stripped it, sanded it, and brought it back to life. I inherited it from an old flatmate and it’s such a beautifully made piece but was in desperate need of revival.

Is there something unique about your home or the way you use it? There is only so much space in a two-bedroom flat, especially when everyone works from home a lot. We made sure that our bedroom cupboards took up hidden space by the fireplace. Also moving the wall between the kitchen and bathroom gave us not only more space but a kitchen — that you wouldn’t expect in a small flat — and a tiny bathroom, which still looks chic and has everything we need.

What are your favorite products. bought for your home and why? I love our speakers! We are really sensitive to sounds and Robert has rigged everything up in every room so that we can set the noise/music/TV exactly how we like it. It makes a huge difference!

Please describe any helpful, inspiring, brilliant, or just plain useful small space maximizing and/or organizing tips you have: Have cut out or flat handles in the kitchen! Handles take up so much space! Shelves up high are also so good. We have a high up shelf in the bathroom for towels and it’s a life saver. We’re going to put one above the door in the bedroom soon too for books.

Finally, what’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? For picking colors I would say make sure you get samples of everything you like the look of and then lay them all out together like a palette to see what works. I really hate white and grey and black together in a home, I feel like as soon as you incorporate a couple of colors it becomes so much homier. Also if you’re physically changing a space — speak to an architect — even if you think you have it all figured out they will know how to make the most of your space — their knowledge is priceless.

Resources

PAINT & COLORS

  • Valspar “Tender Romance”
  • Toilet — “Little Greene” Ultra Blue

ENTRY

  • Lighting — Vintage
  • Coat hooks — MADE

LIVING ROOM

  • Sofa — MADE but we bought it secondhand
  • Love seat — MADE
  • Chair — Sloane & Sons
  • Frames — Frames.co.uk
  • Cushions — Francesca
  • Posters — Vintage
  • Blinds — Orla Kiely
  • Rug — IKEA

DINING ROOM

  • Table — La REdoute
  • Plant stand — IKEA
  • Light — Habitat
  • Bowls — Vintage
  • Vases etc — Vintage or family pieces
  • Chairs — Vintage eBay
  • Cabinets — IKEA/NAKED doors
  • Tiles — Topps Tiles

BEDROOM

  • Bed — MADE
  • Desk — Hairpin leg company
  • Curtains — Made by Francesca
  • Fabric — Marimekko
  • Lava Lamp — Mathmos
  • Desk Lamp — Paul Smith for Anglepoise

Thanks Francesca and Robert!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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