When I went on maternity, I decided to take on a new project other than my son. I decided to redecorate the entire flat. I live in a converted Victorian House with a big garden. I am lucky enough to live in a nice part of London Town. In fact, a Bloomberg report stated that the borough I live in has the highest rise in house prices from 2013. It is a family oriented area - a lot of young families in the middle class Crouch End area; there is plenty of entertainment in the Tottenham area; Finsbury Park is great for walking/jogging or just feeding ducks; Wood Green offers high street shopping from H&M, Nike and TK Maxx; Alexandra Palace hosts concerts and summer fetes in their extensive gardens; Muswell Hill has a lot of trendy cafes and restaurants and 2 miles away is the rather expensive Highgate area with its renowned Bishops Avenue (aka Billionares Road). Basically, I can see why this area is the most sought after location and I feel very fortunate.
During the 12 months, I went to visit few homes through the NCT class that I had joined during my pregnancy. I have previously written about these 9 amazing couples. Some had ground floor flats, some first floor in the Crouch End area, one couple has a cottage in Finchley and another couple has full Victorian house that they are renovating. I was most impressed by the huge Manor House in Highgate with its well groomed garden and a gate leading onto Hampstead Heath. All their homes were beautiful and represented the couples. I drew inspiration from this and set about trying to find pieces of furniture that I could love and cherish for a long time.
I started with the family/living room. It took 6 months to throw everything away and start from scratch.
For those who know me or follow me on Instagram, you will know that I like art and I like to travel so it seems fit to combine the two in my home. When I was in Vietnam and Hong Kong, I bought some paintings. The paintings with boats are of fishermen on the Mekong Delta which I sailed down over a course of 3 days in Vietnam. I bought a painting in Hong Kong which represents the tall modern apartment buildings which tower over and are replacing the traditional shanty towns. The paintings sit above my occasional cocktail chairs.
Going back to the black cube, you may be asking why I am keeping CDs and DVDs in a modern digital world but I'm still quite old-fashioned. If I had my way, I'd have a turntable and LPs. Believe you me, I searched for a turntable and I did find one. Urban Outfitters sells a few candy coloured Crosley record players. There is a beautiful mint coloured one covered in velvet fabric. Lush!
I settled on a CD player from John Lewis, by Pure Evoke. Behind the tall green plant that I bought from Ikea is a CD player. It sits on a black mirrored cabinet which I bought from Habitat at the same time as the black cube sidetable. It is actually a coffee table which I turned to stand upright. I am hoping to upcycle it and turn into a storage cabinet with shelves so watch this space. At the moment, it is the resting place for the remote controls and the baby monitor out of reach of my little one.
The final piece of furniture that I bought is this beautiful sofa from Leberta London. It is a family-run business in north east London. I found them through Houzz, after I had gotten tired of DFS and Sofology's generic and non-collective sofas. If you are looking for a unique sofa that is reasonably priced, look no further. Leberta will customise their range to whatever sizes you require.
The other accessories are a rug from Ikea and a pouffe that I bought in Fez, Morocco. The cushions and curtains are from various local homeware shops, such as Anthropologie and Oliver Bonas. At some stage, I'd like to replace the curtains as I saw some beautiful fabric at Designers Guild.
I would love to know what you guys think and if there are any recommendations you can give me for a new rug, for example.