A Comedian’s UK Home Is Full of Humor, Cacti, and Paintings of Ships

published Aug 9, 2019
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A Comedian’s UK Home Is Full of Humor, Cacti, and Paintings of Ships

published Aug 9, 2019
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Name: Stasia Buckle and Michael Morgan
Location: Redland — Bristol, UK
Size: 720 square feet
Years Lived In: 1.5 years, owned

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“Hollywood glamour meets east end boozer. Rebellious, bold and adventurous, on a budget.” This is how comedian Stasia Buckle describes the style of her home that she shares with her boyfriend, Michael, in Redland, Bristol. 

Stasia and Michael have been renovating this garden flat ever since they bought it a year and a half ago. The couple has been doing everything themselves, from painting the porch bright pink to creating a bespoke gallery wall to sourcing materials for the kitchen and bathroom. “I didn’t realize how stressful a renovation can be, especially as to save costs I project managed and sourced everything myself. My advice to anyone taking on any home work is if anyone questions your decisions or ideas, stick to your gut,” Stasia tells me.

This home is also filled with lots of fun pieces by the couple. From the “phallic cactus” drawings by Stasia, to Michael’s hand-made masks, to bits and bobs from Michael’s online homeware store that sells interesting and eclectic homewares. There’s also a huge collection of “ship” paintings that Stasia has collected over the years (as well as ship memorabilia that’s filled an entire room). “I reckon I was definitely a sea captain in a past life,” Stasia jokingly says.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Hollywood glamour meets east end boozer. Rebellious, bold and adventurous, on a budget.

Inspiration: Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, the desert, travel, exploration, adventure, Joshua Tree, rock and roll, Keith Richards, leopard print, the sea, pirates, life, death, nature, the Rocky Horror Show, magic, and lost treasure.

Favourite Element: Our six-foot pet, Clint the cactus. He’s great he doesn’t even need feeding, as he’s fake, from IKEA. He takes pride of place in the living room. My huge collection of ship paintings (I reckon I was definitely a sea captain in a past life). The pink porch—my fiancé allowed me to paint one room pink (if it was up to me the whole flat would be pink). I’m not sure we could live without our open top 1960s light-up bar, which we found for £30 in a vintage shop in Bristol.

Biggest Challenge: Trying to get an upright piano into the flat. I brought it for £20 on Gumtree only for it to arrive and we realized we couldn’t get it through the front door. It sat in the porch for six weeks, till eventually, it took six of us to navigate it around the back of the property and into the house. The next challenge will be learning how to play it.

What Friends Say: Is that cactus real? When are you going to learn to play the piano?

Biggest Embarrassment: Trying to explain to the guests why there is a piano on its side in the porch.

Proudest DIY: I really wanted some unique and modern wall art so I thought I would have a go at creating some myself and having found inspiration from cactus and the male genitalia, the phallic cactus was born (actually I did them with a felt-tip but painting sounds more prestigious)

Biggest Indulgence: Hilarys shutters in both the living room and bedroom. Expensive but so worth it and having the two-tier café style I feel really adds character to the room.

Best Advice: Surround yourself with the things you love.



  • The red ceiling in the hallway – Flame – B&Q
  • Black chalkboard paint – B&Q
  • Pink porch – Chatterbox  – Crown Paint



  • Ercol Originals Drop Leaf Table
  • Ercol Windsor Quaker Dining Chair



  • Borg Upholstered Bed Frame – Wayfair
  • BÖJA Pendant lamp – Ikea
  • Tracked Shutters – Hilary’s
  • Demiawaking Leopard Print Faux Fur Sheepskin Rug – Amazon
  • Bedside tables – All Sorts, Bristol. I painted these myself using Marine, paint from B&Q


  • Pink Basco Tiles – Bert & May
  • HEMNES / ODENSVIKWash-stand with 2 drawers – Ikea
  • LILLHOLMENWall lamp, brass-colour – Ikea
  • Arezzo Modern Thermostatic Shower – Matt Black – Victorian Plumbing
  • Mode 8mm black framed bath screen – Victorian Plumbing
  • Attack Of The Crab Monsters poster – Poster lounge
  • Piano/bar/ coffee table anything else is from a thrift, vintage or house clearance shop or Poundland.

Thanks, Stasia and Michael!

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