Please confirm whether this is your own home?
Yes this is my own home.
Please confirm that you live in London?
Yes, I live in London.
Is this property owned or rented?
Where is this home (area) and who lives here?
The flat is in Queen's Park. My fiancé and I.
What did you do to the space and how long did it take you? We extended out to the back (the original line of the house is where the black painted steel is) and changed all the room configurations to create one large living space and two bedrooms, two bathrooms. We had in mind a New York loft apartment in a London garden, so chose industrial details such as the exposed brick wall, steel Crittal-style windows and micro cement floor - and then balanced this with wood furniture and pops of colour. Our style is very eclectic! We chose a shaker design for the kitchen. The cabinets are actually Howden's which we painted charcoal and added our own brass handles. We sourced the quartz surface from a local marble supplier. The shelves are old Victorian floorboards which our friend stained and cut to the dimensions. We then had the iron brackets made by a local blacksmith and attached hanging utensil poles from Ikea. This friend (above) also made our amazing dining table from from planks of reclaimed wood in a patchwork effect. We already had four antique raffia seat chairs but needed four more to go with them. I found four rosewood mid-century chairs on Ebay which were covered in an ugly faded green material, and reupholstered them myself with different coloured velvets.
Who helped you with the project?
We had builders but we made all the design decisions ourselves and tried to use local suppliers and reclaimed materials where possible (for example, the door handles are from a friend's house. They were gutting it and throwing them away, so we rescued them). Since doing the project, I have started focusing more on interior styling and we are currently working on a bigger project in the area.
What's your favourite feature?
We put a steel girder put across the entire width of the living space to avoid having a pillar which would break up the view. It was very important to us to have a lateral living space flooded with daylight. Everyone says wow when they walk in. We actually made a feature of the steel by painting the plasterwork black which frames the room. It's south facing so the doors are regularly all open. I also love the exposed brick wall. We actually sanded the bricks down to get that perfect aged colour.
How much did it cost?
The actual kitchen cabinets were about £3.5K, the surfaces were about £2K- so including appliances and accessories, under £8k.