Three and a half years ago I lived in a three bedroom 1930s house with parquet floors, picture rails, fire places, quarry tiles, a pantry and a laundry room. I felt the house needed to be styled with vintage trinkets and so during the seven years I lived there I filled it with items from the 1930s-1970s. I hunted for stuff in vintage shops, charity shops and online, and I slowly filled every room. And the loft and two large sheds!
My treasure hunting became a habit and long after I’d styled the property I was still buying. The problem was lots was coming in and nothing was going out, and very soon I became overwhelmed with the things I’d bought, and was still buying.
Then I moved house.
I wanted a modern minimalist look in my new apartment because I felt the spaces were too beautiful to clutter, however discarding my vintage collections was a challenge to say the least. It took time to let go, but with each donated or sold item I felt a little lighter, which motivated me to continue.
My taste also changed as I became increasingly drawn to the contemporary interiors of Scandinavia. I loved the muted tones, natural fabrics and feelings of light and space. And after many years of kitsch and colourful vintage florals it was time for a change of scenery!
Three years on and here’s how it’s looking. My main objective was to create a low maintenance, relaxing and practical space. There are no distractions and very few things to clean or maintain, and when I need a studio space for photography or somewhere to entertain family and friends the space adapts perfectly.