It doesn’t take long to complete a tour of my teeny one-bedroom flat in South-East London. I have however, worked incredibly hard to make it as homely as possible. My mum describes my interiors style as ‘cluttered’. I like to think of it as interesting. I like collecting items that have meaning and surrounding myself with them, usually picking up pieces from places I’ve visited or forcing my friends to give me prints of their artwork or photography.
My flat is still very much a work in progress (even though I’ve been living here a year!). I know it’s not my forever home though, as I hope to one day live somewhere with more than one bedroom, so I don’t ever plan on ever pulling the place apart. I would ideally like to completely redo the kitchen but there is just no point right now.
So here goes!
The Living Room
The living room is where I spend majority of my time, meaning that it probably includes the most ‘clutter’. The rug belonged to my grandparents when they lived in France. When my grandad died, my grandma moved back over to the UK and couldn’t fit it in her new cottage so it was passed down to me. It covers almost the whole of the living room floor and I absolutely love it. You can also spill almost anything on it and it doesn’t seem to make a difference.
The living room also includes the most plants. I have to admit, I’m not always the best at keeping plants alive. The cheese plant sitting in the corner however, seems to be thriving. As does my string of hearts which almost touches the floor from the top of the bookcase.
My bedroom seems to get loads of light which I love. I hadn’t had a desk area since I lived with my parents so this was a priority when I moved in. The desk and shelves are just Ikea and the chair I found on Ebay. I dreamt that this would be where I would sit and work but more often than not I end up on the sofa with the telly on in the background.
I don’t have many photos of the bathroom as there are no windows so no natural daylight for taking good imagery. The soap dish (and watching toothbrush pot) were an amazing find in the John Lewis sale a while ago. I will try get some better photos of this room for the next house tour!
The kitchen is the dullest room in the house (unless my boyfriend is cooking in it). There are way too many cupboards and they look really dated and cheap. I would love to change it but I know I’ll only be living in the flat another couple of years so don’t really see the point. Ideally, I would knock down three cupboards and put shelves up that would then house my prettiest plates and glasses.
Pretty much the first thing I did when I moved in was cover the fridge with exhibition postcards and photos of my friends and family. It makes me happy when I’m feeling sad and is definitely a talking point whenever people come over.
I hope you enjoyed my very first home tour! I will try to do a new one each time something changes in the flat so stay tuned.
Images by Hayley Benoit.