I love to live with pattern, print and colour. Layering patterns and textures is visually stimulating but also draws out our desire for being tactile. The love of touch and feel. The prints that I collect are genuine vintage and most are archived in museums. For me they are an art form from the past, they are a direct link to a time and era. I rework the prints to offer clients and mid century collectors accessories that complaint their furniture collections. The fabrics are in good condition, having not been used before. I do not rework something that has been a former curtain but do have a small stock of curtains which hare often used in back drops and set designs. I have a shop on Etsy where you can see what I have in stock. https://www.etsy.com/shop/FabulousNelly
Part of my down size from a Victorian family house to a small 1930’s apartment meant that I had to trade in my large kitchen, breakfast room which opened out to a sunny garden for a tiny kitchen which opens onto a fire escape. Gone was the large fridge freezer, dish washer and long banks of worktops. Gone too was the endless feeding of small children, having grown now up and living more independently. My initial anxiety of wondering how we would cope with a small fridge, no dish washer and little space was replaced by embracing the local community extensive choice of food shops, cafes and restaurants. The down size was also about buying less food. , reducing waste. I acknowledged that my needs from a kitchen had now changed, what did I need and want? I decided to create something fun. Once again considering the nature of the apartment block which was built for the bright young things of the 1930’s to enjoy this new lifestyle, isn’t this what I was doing? My mind went towards cocktails and tapas.
I found this glass light fitting at ID furniture and lighting in Crystal Palace, south east London. This area is great for a weekend mooch. Lots of mid century retailers here along with the enough little cafes consider any purchases over coffee and cake. Refreshingly this is not a hipster destination, its a much more discerning crowd, genuine interest in collecting and enjoying the environment.
Back to the kitchen design. Rather than have a central light fitting I had this hung over a work top. It instantly makes the kitchen feel less functional and more sensual. I have a lot of down lights under the wall cabinets which provides much needed brighter light for cooking when we need it.
The color scheme is 70’s inspired. Lots of time was spent looking at shades of brown and yellow and lots of frowning from people who thought painting a small room in a dark color was mad. That said there is as much white from the units to balance this. The room doesn’t feel cramped even though its small. The sun pours through the windows late afternoon therefore the Venetian blinds create much needed shade without compromising on the light. In the evening when the blinds are closed the mustard yellow creates warmth.
Cute ceramic finds, Lord Nelson salt, pepper and mustard set, found again in Crystal Palace at Crystal Palace Antiques. This is a treasure trove which houses a mix of antiques over several wonky floors in an old warehouse. Mid century finds are all in the basement. I came across what I thought were matching espresso cups at Mid Century Modern, Dulwich College, south east London. However this set is by Villeroy and Boch, design Acapulco, both made in the 1960’s both very similar. Purchased from Haji&White, I have a few pieces from them, they are always worth checking out and seeing what they have.
Orbit mirror designed by Rodney Kinsman RDI designed in 1984 and available to buy through his company OMK. That said I came across this one at the shop Two Columbia rd, London. Situated closer to Shoreditch high St, but only a short stroll along from Columbia rd flower market on Sunday. Two Columbia rd is a fantastic shop and a treat to visit, however it’s top price, absolutely no bargains to be found here but it’s all high end and genuine. Along the stroll from the flower market (Sunday’s only) you will pass the impressive Leopold buildings which are a gem of a previous era Victorian flats built for the poor and now looking spectacular.
I digress, but each find has its story.
The mirror has a revolving double sided smaller mirror set in a revolving frame around the large mirror. I just felt that this would be perfect for a small space, along with my impending need for a magnifier.
I wanted to create a contemporary space in this tiny room (140 cm x 210 cm) but also to capture the original sense of the period, flats built at this time (1938) were all about a new era, and something glamorous.
I kept the bath and laid cubism art deco style tiles in grey. Replaced the sink and went for new chrome fittings The walls are tiled in sage metro tiles and above the tiles the walls are painted in a compliments eggshell acrylic paint.
I had a narrow shelf made to run underneath the boxed in boiler flue from the adjacent kitchen. The shelf is just deep enough for three down lights on a dimmer, bright for over the mirror and dim for a relaxing bath. A little bit of space for storing essential oils and other small items.