Minna's English Countryside in the City

Minna's English Countryside in the City

Liezel Strauss
Aug 24, 2009

Name: Minna Hepburn
Location: Camberwell, London
Type: Georgian / Victorian house
Size: 2,100 square feet (approximate)
Years lived in: 1.5 years

Minna is originally from Finland but when she moved to rural England, she instantly fell in love with the countryside and its traditional style. They have since moved to London but her heart still belongs to Dorset and as a compromise they've brought the country style with them! The lace and prettiness, as she describes it, didn't only inspire her interior style but also sparked a new business, an ethical fashion brand Minna.

When they bought this house in Camberwell, South London, it was severely run down and almost uninhabitable, but they wasted no time in converting the loft into a workspace for her new business and renovating the house into a beautiful family home for them, their two young children and the fluffy dog. Their home is the merging of two very different styles, Traditional English with Scandinavian sensibility and finesse — it's a surprisingly beautiful and pleasing combination.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My/Our style: I love everything old, pieces with a story to tell. New items do not inspire me.
This is my design philosophy and I also incorporate that how we have been doing up our house.

Inspiration: English countryside, antique markets and shops, eBay, interior design magazines and my home country Finland in the Summer time.

What are your hopes and dreams?: Apart from the usual to stay healthy, happy etc..I would love to combine my career and motherhood well. It is such a hard work these days for women to be the perfect housewife, mother and a career woman. I am in constant search for the perfect formula! On the materialistic side I would love to own a big house in France some day.

Biggest Challenge: There is so much to do and never enough time.

What Friends Say: Probably chaotic, so many things on display! I am a very visual person so I like to hang my clothing and my antique market findings.

Biggest Embarrassment: When I lived in Dorset, I filled our garage with furniture that I had bought from the local skip. I never had time to restore them when my business took off. I had to pay a local guy to take them back to the skip.

Proudest DIY: Restoring the pieces that I have bought from skips in Dorset!

Biggest Indulgence: Champagne, good wine, manicures and massage. Oh, and my horse.

Best advice: Don't think too much, just go with your instincts!

Dream source: Too many to mention!


Kitchen Hardware & Accessories & Furniture: : I love our Rangemaster oven. It is my favourite piece in the kitchen as I love cooking! The furniture is from antique markets and Dorset reclamation yards

Accessories: Antique shops

Lighting: I found our chandelier from Bhs. Not my favourite shops but you can find some great lighting from there.

Dining room table: Custom made in Dorset by a local carpenter, chairs are old, we have had them for 10 years.

Rugs & carpets: Laura Ashley

Paint: : You can't beat Dulux when you have 3 months to finish the house.

Art: : From all over the world, skips and charity shops and recycling centres. I love old paintings!

Window Treatments: I bought our gorgeous raw silks curtains from Zara. They look amazing in our bedroom and add a touch of glam.

Tiles and stone: Fired Earth

Bedroom furniture From reclamation yards and antique shops.

Desks: IKEA

Other: I love our bathtub that came from Dorset. It is a 100 year old Victorian cast iron roll top that I bought for £100 and then got it re-enameled.

Thanks Minna!

(Images: Liezel Strauss)

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