Vintage Charm Apartment London

Rachel Christie has brilliantly used her talent designer to create a welcoming and trendy apartment

Vintage Charm Apartment London

There can be many advantages of being an interior decorator and we decided to renovate his house. With experience and a knack for finding good deals, Rachel Christie has managed to create a relaxed atmosphere in the property she shares with her companion and Ben Dexter miniature dachshund in north London. Before they move in their apartment on the ground floor of a Victorian house was, in his words, ” absolutely disgusting ” . They undertook a complete renovation and lived in Rachel’s parents for two months while the site. “From brown carpet camouflaged the beautiful parquet and distribution of parts was weird,” says Rachel. As Ben is studied as a surveyor, he is responsible himself for most of the work with the help of Rachel’s father. The biggest renovation lasted nearly six months. After exchanging the location of the room with the kitchen so that the latter is on the first floor, off the living room, they attacked the prosecution to slip insulation and plumbing, then scoured the fireplace and coating the walls. Finally, they were able to undertake the last part of the site, the more enjoyable, which is to treat finishes.

A glance
Who lives here: Rachel Christie , his companion, Ben, and his dachshund, Dexter
Location: North London England
room layout: 1 bedroom, 1 bathroom
building Construction period: Victorian

In the living room, Rachel wanted to get a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. The fireplace was covered with a mixture of wooden planks and blocks, so they all removed. During the work, large pieces of plaster broke away, revealing the brick wall. They so enjoyed the record they have decided to put it completely bare.

Offered by Ben, the bright pink deer head was repainted. The couple found the old suitcase which sits on the TV in a garage in Finsbury Park. The carpet is thick and seems incredibly soft and pleasant to the touch. “It’s great fun to walk over and cream color contrasts beautifully with the brown wooden floors and red brick,” says Rachel.

Wood white deer: Graham & Green; Small antler: Vintage Pedlars Friday; Carpets: Joss & Main; Shelves: Ikea

The dark gray wall harmonizes perfectly with the red bricks of the show. Rachel has softened its made a little cold by adding lighting and cushions in great quantity! And, both for comfort and for their motives and colors.This is a collection of cushions it has accumulated over the years.This corner is any designated place for reading, at least according to Dexter.

The retro night lights add a touch of bright colors in the living room.”When I saw them, I thought they were really very practical ,” says Rachel. ” They are just what we need when we receive friends and we order food for dinner before a movie.”

Gray, natural wood, bright colors … Each item was placed strategically. “I chose a vintage atmosphere to the dining area, with old school chairs that I found the Crouch End side in an antique shop ” says Rachel. She even found the black chair in the street.

A frame of a London Underground map betrays Rachel’s passion for London. “Our apartment is in a central and vibrant part of London, so I wanted him to remember the city where it is”, she adds.

Table lamp Broadway Arrow: Made.com; Metro Map: Paperchase; Part of the metro card and yellow furniture: Ikea

The kitchen was originally where now is located the room. Rachel and Ben invert the two parts because the kitchen is more functional on the floor of the apartment, next to the lounge. As a bonus, the view is better. They have opted for stainless steel cupboards in nod to industrial kitchens. A style that goes well with the wooden floor, including all floors of the apartment is covered. “We did not have a very large budget so we bought food at Ikea” says Rachel. “J ‘love these cupboards and I wanted to take a wooden worktop to “warm up “the whole” .Wardrobe doors are no longer available but the range Ikea Grevsta comes close. The tap, she found on eBay for just £ 30, reinforces the industrial side of the kitchen.

Cupboards, worktop, sink: Ikea; Tap: eBay

The couple has covered a slate painting walls to have a place to write down their shopping lists and good revenue. “When we moved all our friends rushed to the table to bring their personal touch,” says Rachel laughing.

She wanted absolutely exposed shelves. “I do not want a closed kitchen with cupboards doors only. Having exposed shelves is an easy way to make it more welcoming ” , she explains.

Barstools: Cult Furniture; Toaster: Dualit
Amelia Hallsworth Photography

Rachel is not a fan of the classic bins and therefore opted for these bags reinforced kraft paper. “When I saw them, I thought it would be a good idea to use them as garbage. They are flexible and larger than it appears, they may contain a large amount of waste. ”

The surface of the” Metro “tile is cracked glass, for a slightly different look of the traditional white brick tile format.

bags for recycling: Future & Found; Crackle Tile Bastille Metro: Walls & Floors

This bike was recently offered by Ben Rachel. “I’ve done that once so far but I’m planning to move around mostly by bicycle. ” They have a bike rack in the lobby, but only Ben bike can be hung. That Rachel has taken up residence in the kitchen, where it fits perfectly.

Refrigerator: Smeg; Cycling: eBay; Mural: Blackened, Farrow & Ball

A series of Polaroids runs along the staircase to greet appropriately guests. Ben gave to Rachel Polaroid camera last year and some photos were printed from his mobile phone with the Print it application.

In the hallway, a metal cabinet bought on eBay continues the theme vintage of the apartment.Inside, shoes, slippers and a wide array of small things. The bags are also used for storage.The largest from a thrift shop in Finsbury Park and is a small family inheritance. The couple installed the railing and painted with paint that remained after the end salon.

Vintage cabinet: eBay; Mural: Blackened, Farrow & Ball; Paint the railing: Down Pipe Farrow & Ball; Lighting: Rockett St George

The bedroom of Rachel and Ben is welcoming and displayed a more toned notes that the rest of the apartment. Lighting is important for Rachel, who loves the mood lights. “One of my old friends from university just Helsinki,” says Rachel. “She knows that I love Christmas and all that is Scandinavian . So she brought me this fixture asteroid. “It goes very well with lanterns origami placed on the headboard
Rachel painted shelf with painting was left of the living room. Both posters betray his passion for London – one comes from the transport museum and the other is in fact gift paper showing a map of the city.

Fairy lights: Rockett St George;Painting the walls: Cornforth White Farrow & Ball; Bed: Feather & Black; Plaid gray and white: Joss & Main; Linens John Lewis; Shelf: Ikea

The couple installed itself the fireplace. The conduit was sentenced, so they returned to service and added a decorative touch to the coat, thanks to a friend who gave them the idea and the equipment to do it.Bottles and decorative items on the mantle are original. Rachel found the bottles in Suffolk, in the antique shop owned by a seller on eBay met. “I always enjoy my trips or shopping for my work to unearth objects for the home” , he explains she.

Industrial theme continues into the bathroom adjoining the bedroom. “We kept the original bathtub and have tiled around with a very simple white model, then we added the taps” recalls Rachel. The toilets are built and Rachel herself painted the Down Pipe painting frame by Farrow & Ball, to ensure continuity of color.

Faucets bath: Bristan;Showerhead: Mira; Tiles Johnson Tiles; Toilets: Victoria Plumb

Rachel chose to install shutters both in the room in the bathroom. “I do not like the frilly around windows and shutters seem more effective than simple blinds. They really belong in a bathroom because they do not fear the water, ” she explains.The couple used the wooden box to store towels and shampoo bottles. Above the sink, a mirrorvintage hooked. “I especially like the Art Deco mirrors” admits Rachel.

Shutters: Fabulous Shutterfly;Stool: Rose & Grey; Wooden box Baileys; Sink: Victoria Plumb; Tap:Bristan.

The blackboard paint that remained was used for the back of the front door, which serves as reminder. They chose a beautiful apparent as ceiling lamp, Rachel loves. “I did not want too sophisticated shade. These decorative lights are nice, it would be a shame to hide them “, she said.

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