I love moodboards. Or in this case, moodboard is probably the wrong word. This is more a showcase of my style and items which have been purchased to furnish my apartment and I’d love to share it with you.
Note: Unless otherwise stated, all walls will be painted white and all floors covered with Polyflor laminate in Cashmere Oak.
My apartment is being built with a decent sized ‘L’ shaped open living area, so it was important for me to get the flow right. I want each ‘zone’ to be complimentary of each other while still maintaining a distinctive feel. For each space, I want to highlight one or two key pieces of statement furniture or decor, and in my lounge, it is going to be the velvet French Connection zinc sofa in the shade ‘Heather’. I felt especially brave opting for this when I put the order in as I was very tempted just to stick to two of the same grey sofas. I am however really pleased that I pushed myself out of my comfort zone and went for this colour; it’s feminine without being too sickly sweet (I nearly ordered the sofa in candy floss pink!) It’s a muted tone and the purple will compliment the green of house plants (that I hope to not kill) quite nicely. Please ignore the ugly patterned cushions on the grey sofa, these will be replaced with a selection of scatter cushions from loaf.com. The rug was one of my first purchases from West Elm and I can’t wait to sink my toes into the plush pile. Everything else will be very minimalist with black metal furniture from La Redoute. I ordered the Romy TV unit, the Sybil round glass coffee table and will look to get some small, minimalist side tables and planters. The light fitting pictured is from Oliver Bonas, and I was very excited about this, but on my last site visit, it transpired it wouldn’t quite fit in the space as I had hoped (due to a sloping ceiling), so that has had to go back to the shop and instead of a light fitting, my lounge will have recessed lights in the ceiling. I first saw the Andy Warhol prints in Heals’ on Tottenham Court Road and I knew that I just had to have the ‘I like boring things…’ print! So that will hang on the wall above my heather velvet sofa.
This is one of the areas I’m most looking forward to seeing come together because I think it’ll look fantastic. I found this marble table from French Connection Home and managed to buy it in the sale saving a sizable chunk of cash. I’ve paired it with four black wishbone chairs which will sit on top of this gorgeous grey circular rug from West Elm. I searched high and low for ‘the perfect’ pendant which was just the right size and style for my space and hit the jackpot when I found the gorgeous Cruz Opal pendant from Rockett St George. Along the back wall will sit two of these metal and glass shelving units from trusty old IKEA, which will house my extensive gin collection, and fab gin bottle light accessory which was gifted to me for my birthday by someone very special. I’m still toying with the idea of buying fluffy sheepskin seat pads from Graham & Green and if I do these dusty rose ones are simply perfect. The look will be finished with some bold, modern floral arrangements sitting pretty in the middle of the table. I hope to enjoy many delicious dinners here in the not so distant future.
I cannot wait to be in my kitchen, knocking up some amazingly flavourful dishes. I got a whole host of new cookbooks at Christmas, including one from one of my favourite eateries in London – Caravan, so there is a whole world of flavour and taste ready to be explored in my no-so-pokey-little kitchen. From the options given to me by the developers, I chose to go with the ‘Eton’ kitchen range from Benchmarx in Matt Dove Grey and this will have a chunky oak-wood effect worktop. Tiles will be cream metro tiles, finished with cream grout. Along one wall I’ll run one of these chunky wooden shelves made by Ben Simpson available from Etsy or eBay. I plan to house my cookbook collection here, along with jars of spices and other store-cupboard essentials. I’ve blown the budget slightly in the kitchen with appliances – going on the assumption that if I buy quality it’ll last. I bloody well hope it does! My kettle and toaster are cream SMEG appliances. I’ve treated myself to a Delonghi espresso machine with milk frother so that I can make my own flat whites, cappuccinos or lattes. My knives and utensils are by Robert Welch and as far as kitchen utensils go they are beautiful. I opted for the Jamie Oliver for Tefal range of adonised pots and pans, Paul Hollywood’s range of bakeware (not because they’re in any way affiliated with Paul Hollywood, but because rather than grey, they’re a beautiful champagne colour…plus they come with a 25-year guarantee!). I bought myself a pasta maker in the sale on a whim, and am looking forward to going down to my local Italian deli, buying the pasta flour and other fresh ingredients and making my own ravioli. My kitchen bin is by SimpleHuman. Yes, £170 is a lot to spend on a bin, but as far as bin’s go, it’s very aesthetically pleasing and has microbial properties!
I cannot contain my excitement for the dusty pink linen Luna bedframe I’ve ordered from loaf.com. It’s going to be sitting so pretty! My statement here is without a doubt my slight extravagance of the VITA Copenhagen Eos XL Feather pendant. It’ll be like a little puff of cloud above my bed and is going to look amazing. I’m sticking with highlights of gold and brass, and have bought the Terrance brass and glass bedside tables from West Elm and these small, but perfectly formed wall lights from French Connection Home. Either side of my bed will be adorned with plush sheepskin rugs, which are just the most sumptuous and cosy things to nestle your toes between on bitterly cold English mornings. For my wardrobe and ‘all my shit’; I’ve designed my own open wardrobe system which will be built and fitted by a local craftsman – I would have otherwise gone with a PAX arrangement from IKEA but because of my sloping ceilings and a slightly unexpected access door in the wall giving way to a storage area; I need something bespoke to maximise the space. My bedroom will be finished with a selection of prints from Society 6; they have such a fab selection of modern art prints but be warned, you’ll pay import fees on top of shipping fees as these come from the US. My parents were exceptionally generous for my birthday this year and treated me to a Sonos Play 3 wireless speaker, so I cannot wait to kick-back on my new bed, and pop some chill-out choons on. I’ll be recycling my old dressing table, but may indulge in a little DIY and spray paint it gold to be in keeping with the rest of the furniture.
My guest bedroom is a simple affair, continuing with the minimalist black metal furnishings, but this time adding some natural ‘scandi’ warmth by way of a rattan light pendant from Cox and Cox and some wooden bedside tables from Zara Home. The bedframe was a bargain from Wayfair as was the metal grid headboard, which I picked up from Urban Outfitters for a steal at £30! The spotty bedding is H&M Home – I just need to track down some sage green pillowcases to finish the look. The clothes rail is peak ‘scandi’ by HAY. I love it! Finally, the rug is a smaller and cheaper version of my lounge rug which I picked up from La Redoute and I’m on the hunt for some small black wall lights to go either side of the bed. If I was a guest, I’d be more than happy to stay here!
My bathroom will be small, but perfectly formed. I’ve picked ‘Vyne’ tiles from Topps Tiles in a mixture of matt and gloss finishes to be laid at random with a grey grout. They are small and have a delicate marble ‘vein’ running through them – very luxe. The floor here is the only room not to be finished in Cashmere Oak, instead I’ve opted for ‘Burnished Concrete’ which will give a bit of an industrial vibe to it. I’m going for industrial with a touch of feminine-chic. My bathroom will not actually feature a bath, but a walk in double-shower. I’ve accessorized with marble and brass toilet brush from John Lewis (a bit of an extravagance!) A large brass round mirror from La Redoute will sit on a wall, painted in Dulux’s ‘Heartwood’ (Colour of the Year, 2018…apparently), and beneath the mirror I will install this cute brass shelf from Cox & Cox which will house my Aesop Hand Cleanser and Balm and a marble tumbler for my toothbrush! I fell in love with this shower caddy from Umbra as soon as I saw it. Not featured in the image, but purchased recently from Anthropologie were a forged brass toilet roll holder and matching towel hooks. My towels and bath mat I picked up from The White Company at Bicester – fluffy white hydra-cotton (whatever hydra-cotton is?!). I can’t wait to envelop myself in fresh smells and warm towels.
Last but not least, the humble hallway deserves to be talked about, as it sets the tone for what interior delights you’re likely to find in the rest of the property. First of all, I want to have a runner and love this offering from French Connection Home. I went for the narrowest console table I could find, which was this offering from La Redoute, which will house my landline telephone (“Who even has one of those in 2018?!” I hear you cry. Well, I do) and my cute table lamp from Oliver Bonas. My coat rack I picked up from West Elm and finally, the natural jute mat to wipe dirty feet, is from Zara Home.
And that concludes the tour of my apartment. My next interior post will be when I’m actually moved in and I can finally showcase how all my plans come together in real life.