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Humans in the home: inside a Londoner’s characterful flat

Today we’ll chat with Lizzy, Content Associate at Vinterior who lives in a flat filled with small bowls, pine cones and a mad badger rug. Enjoy the tour below!

A Model Recommends: Ruth Crilly’s Best Vinterior Buys

Ruth Crilly – international fashion model and beauty insider – made the bold decision a year ago to up sticks and move her young tribe to the heart of Somerset. Embracing life in the bucolic English countryside also meant relocating from her modernist house to a historical Georgian property. Thus began the challenge of merging Ruth’s love of mid century modern design with other period pieces, all of which you can see developing over at @casacrilly. Here Ruth gives a spirited run through of her favourite finds so far…

Remarkable Homes: Thérèse shows us around her Clerkenwell Mews Home

We had the pleasure of visiting Thérèse in her lovely light filled home in the historical Clerkenwell area of London. Enjoy this wander around and keep an eye out for 20th century design classics dotted throughout Thérèse’s home!

Remarkable Homes: Elnaz Namaki Takes Us Around a Chelsea Penthouse

Interior designer Elnaz Namaki gave us a tour around this stunning penthouse in Chelsea which left us with impressed with the sense of vast openness and light in the heart of London. Enjoy this sneak peak!

Get the Look: Mid Century Modern Dining Room

We recently asked what was your favourite look and you went for the Boho Leafy Living Room. However, it was a very tight call as this beautifully balanced Mid Century Modern dining room lost by just a couple of votes. After receiving so much love, we felt it was only natural to feature this room too and help you recreate the look in your own home.

Home tour: Susie Lawrence’s magical pink and grey family home.

Last week we were welcomed into the gorgeous home of the lovely Susie Lawrence. Her home is a feat of subtle yet playful colour, varying from dusty rose pinks to dramatic charcoal green-greys. Set in the Chilterns, it has an almost Wes Anderson magical quality. We hope you feel inspired too!

Get the Look: Bohemian Leafy Living Room

This beautiful converted factory loft space is a singing, eclectic combination of many design references. The room is tied together by a calm but equally energising colour scheme, ranging from pale greys to warm wooden hues, mustard yellow and of course a cacophony of green plants! It has been beautifully curated. So how can you create this look in your own way? Read on for some advice on putting together a leafy bohemian paradise of your very own.

Home tour: Illustrator Emma Block’s colourful London home.

Emma Block’s much loved illustration is known for its wonderful gentle yet vibrant colour palettes and celebration of print and pattern. It’s not surprising that Emma’s new London home also reflects her eye for print and pattern. Set against a calming soft grey are joyful bursts of coral, dusty pink and sea green. There are also many references to Emma’s travels through South America, found in vivid woven rugs and other textile accessories. Enjoy this tour with Emma through her lovely home and find inspiration in all corners!

Home Tour: Sandra Baker’s Maximalist Victorian Home with a Modern Twist

Sandra Baker – of the to-die-for interior inspiration Instagram account @the_idle_hands – shares this wonderful historical Yorkshire home with her husband and two daughters. Running with its Victorian origins, the interiors are a daring embrace of all things maximalist. From patterned floral wallpaper to stripy runners, tasselled lamps and green velvet sofas, Sandra’s home is a triumph of eclectic detail. On paper it sounds like a lot is going on, but Sandra’s skilled eye has woven these references together to create a wonderful harmony of print and pattern. We also love the use of a darker palette for the walls, which in turn make brighter colour references pop! Enjoy this conversation with Sandra around her home and the design choices behind it.

Hi Sandra, how long have you lived in your home?

We moved in in November 2012, so just over 6 years.

Can you describe it in 3 words?

Bold, patterned, whimsical.

What was the first thing you noticed about the space?

The scale of it. The rooms were all so much bigger than in our previous house (which is why we were moving).  It felt really grown up, and I still can’t believe it’s mine!

What was the biggest challenge you faced when decorating?

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been the sort of house where you can apply a quick coat of paint and transform it.  Every room we’ve decorated has had to be stripped right back and new electrics and plumbing installed, then the walls made good and new flooring fitted.  This makes it costly, which in turn means that it’s taken a long time to get to where we are now. And there’s still a lot to do!

What is the best design advice you’ve received?

Don’t dive straight in and decorate as soon as you move in.  Live in the house for a while and see what works and what doesn’t.  You have a much better chance of getting it right.

What aspect of your home do you love the most?

The space.  We have room to come together as a family, but enough space to take a breather from one another!

Do you have a proud DIY moment?

I do! We had lived with the kitchen, as it was when we bought the house, for a couple of years, as we weren’t in a position to buy a new one.  One day I decided I couldn’t live with the yellow walls and cream units a moment longer, and spent 3 solid days painting it from floor to ceiling.  It may not be my dream kitchen, but it scrubbed up pretty well!

Favourite piece of furniture?

The wooden “monk’s bench” I inherited from my great auntie.  I remember it well in her hallway when I was little, and now it sits in mine, still lined with newspaper from 1974 (and provides great shoe storage!).

What is a dream piece you’d like to acquire?

I wouldn’t say no to a Houtique “Wink” lamp.

Was there a leading inspiration for your home?

If I ever feel in need of inspiration, I always find it in Jo Berryman’s work.  She’s wonderful.

How do you approach choosing furniture for a room?

Instinct! I’m not the greatest planner, I tend to fall in love with pieces, buy them and hope for the best. I can usually find a way to make it work (which isn’t to say I haven’t had to send back a few mistake items in my time!).

Biggest design error?

Being led by fear (it’s too bold, it’s too bright, what about when we come to sell?). I strongly believe that your heart should soar when you come through your own front door, whatever your style.



Biggest indulgence?

Easily the amount of House of Hackney “Artemis” wallpaper I used across three floors of hallway.  I will love it forever, though.

You have friends visiting for the weekend! Where do you take them?

Saltaire, for a wander round Salts Mill, a huge converted mill housing a great independent bookshop, an antiques store, art store, interiors store, galleries (loads of David Hockney) and fabulous eateries.  It’s my happy place. Saltaire village also has great independent shops to rummage in.

What do you love most about living in Yorkshire?

The proximity to beautiful countryside, whilst still being able to pop to decent shops! I didn’t grow up here, but I’m proud to call it home.

Whose home would you love to sneak peek into?

I’d love a sneaky peek into Pearl Lowe’s incredible home.  I’d probably try and claim squatter’s rights!

And finally, what’s the next home project?

The biggest one to date! Removing a huge chimney breast wall up two floors to make an open plan kitchen/dining space, and to reconfigure the main bathroom space upstairs. It will make a huge difference to the way we live.

To see more of Sandra’s fantastic home, follow her on Instagram @the_idle_hands.

Inspired by Sandra’s home? Click to find everything here.

Home Tour: tech entrepreneur Sandrine invites us into her London home.

Meet Sandrine, the CEO of Vinterior! As the founder of the UK’s leading marketplace for vintage and antique furniture, it’s no wonder that her London home is also bursting with unique vintage finds. An eclectic mix of 20th century design – from Marcel Breuer’s sleek Wassily chair to the 70s Togo sofa – this home is filled with houseplants, artwork and a regal British Shorthair by the name of Misifu.

Marcel Breuer's sleek Wassily chair
Marcel Breuer’s Wassily lounge chair contrasts with the boho rattan rocking chair
Don’t mess with Misifu

Who lives here? I live here with Romain, my husband, and my sassy cat, Misifu.

Describe your home in three words! It’s eclectic, messy, and welcoming!

What first caught your eye about your home? The large open plan kitchen.

Favourite piece of furniture? My yellow easy chair by Poul Volther.

Best vintage find? My vintage Ligne Roset togo set is the most comfortable sofa in the world.

What makes for a great weekend in London? A hike in the near countryside with a nice pub lunch.

Who would make it into your dream squad? Reid Hoffman, founder of LinkedIn. I’ve learned a lot from his Master of Scale podcast series and his Blitz Scaling book.

vintage togo sofa
The dangerously comfortable Togo sofa
yellow poul volt her easy chair
This yellow Poul Volther easy chair inspired the founding of Vinterior!
large open plan kitchen
The panel featuring Sandrine’s best food moments
vintage retro brass drinks trolley

Room you love the most? My kitchen.

Top dinner party guests? Ray Dalio, Jeff Bezos and Reid Hoffman.

What would you all eat? Sea urchin sushi!

 Your home was ablaze, what do you run back to save? My phone!

Proud DIY moment? I made a huge panel with food photos I took.

Best entrepreneur quote? ‘If you’re not embarrassed by your first product, you’ve launched too late.’ – Reid Hoffman

Top tip for female business founders? Have more confidence in your own judgement and abilities, trust your guts.

Find all items linked below

Click on the links below to find these vintage pieces (from top to bottom):

  1. (After) Henri Matisse Vegetables
2. Franco Albini Rattan Coffee Table
3. Rattan Weave Lounge Chair
4. Cibele Plant Stand
5. Coffee Table In Teak By Finn Juhl
6. Dutch Mid Century Sofa
7. French Brass Trolley Circa 1940
8. Ligne Roset Togo Sofa
9. Black Leather Armchair Black By Marcel Breuer
10. Yellow Lounge Chair By Louis Van Teeffelen
11. Mid Century Modern Handcrafted Brass Bubbles Chandelier
12. Victorian White Marble Fireplace