So where are we here? ” In a two-storey flat in an Edwardian building in north London. ” – House to Home
This apartment, with large windows and white walls seems to break all the rules put forward by decor mavens. Colours are clashing and yet create an energizing whole, textures are weathers and battered giving them in turn a worn look very trendy these days.
So… who might be the creative soul occupying this flat? ” It is Jimmie Karlsson, one half of cutting-edge furniture design duo Jimmie Martin, is renowned for graffiti-inspired wallpaper, eclectic one-off pieces and innovative design. – House to Home (that explains a lot!)
These images are certainly a departure from the rustic and feminine farmhouse that I showed on Monday and yet the two homes have many points in common. I am sure by now, it is no secret that I am into old and up cycled furniture rather that “brand spanking new” interiors. And to me, these two homes are only different interpretations of the same theme.
But I am also one to say that old and found objects look at their best alongside new pieces creating a visual tension between the periods that are colliding in a single space. Go ahead and pair a Louis XIV chair with a black and white Ikea Rug! And why not paint in flashy colours a Baroque inspired mirror?
One might as well transform these vintage finds than let them gather dust in the basement. Chances are they will never come back in style “as is” but yet their construction is so masterful that their is no good reason (I checked I promise) to not give them “une cure de jouvance” (A youth treatment).
This London flat really displays some very interesting contrasts that will not please everyone but that are amazing examples of the “Undecorate” movement that has been given a lot of press lately. A term coined by Christiane Lemieux in her 2011 book.
In the dressing room a vintage, and let’s face it nondescript, dresser has gotten a graffiti treatment giving the room some of the closed storage it longed for as well as a Rock ‘n Roll edge found everywhere else in the apartment.
In the bedroom, an antique bed went DIY when the owner painted the frame and the Union Jack flag directly on the vintage fabric that was there. To do the same at home make sure you first prime the surface and then use a fabric paint that will be resistant to time and your back leaning against it. A chipping flag would end up just like a missed craft project rather than a stylish masterpiece.
God Save the Queen and “Ta-ra” as our British mates would say.
source: House to Home UK