Be inspired by this fabulous, fun space in east London

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  • This brand-new apartment was an empty white cube with neutral fixtures and fittings. ‘I bought the flat off-plan from a housing development with my close friend and colleague. When we first came to view the property, there was absolutely nothing here – it was just a concrete shell where the block of flats was going to be.’ However, they loved the east London location, knowing they would be able to walk to work. So before the place was even built, they decided to take the risk and put down a deposit.

    The flat was decorated prescriptively with white walls so it was very much a blank canvas. The fittings were simple in style, such as the neutral kitchen units and the limestone bathroom. ‘We paid extra to have the dark wooden flooring, which was already in the main living areas, to continue on into the bedrooms instead of carpet. There was nothing that made a statement, so we wanted to get going straight away and put our stamp on the place.’

    Living room (above)
    The owner has swapped carpets and wallpaper for plank flooring and wood panelling, thus instilling a retro Scandi feel in this smart living room. Repurposing objects like the suitcases as a coffee table is a fab way to add interest. It also gives you extra storage! You could fix legs to one for an alternative look. Colourful cushions and accessories bring life to all the neutrals.

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