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Ethelburga

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At purchase this flat was an ugly box painted throughout in Rental Yellow. It had rotting brown carpet fitted everywhere except the living room which was covered in mock-birch laminate.

The kitchen was so small that it wasn’t possible to have both a fridge and a cooker but after knocking the kitchen wall down and applying a considerable amount of elbow grease I turned it into a great space to live in.

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The light was inspired by Ingo Maurer’s Zettel’z 5 chandelier. I got a small piece of clear plastic tube and punctured it Kerplunk! style with lengths of stainless steel wire, bent up to form little hooks at the tips. I slid that onto the cord of a Bulb light by Sofie Refer.

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Inspiration for the Shedroom wall came from the need to bury externally mounted heating pipes and electric cables, combined with my love of sheds and outbuildings.

Instead of designing and building something that just looked like a shed, I purchased a small, ready-made model and adapted it to fit the location. The joy of this is that despite being flattened and painted, the shed retains its personality through its nail holes and timber imperfections.
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The renovation budget for this Victorian conversion ground floor flat was less than £3000 – and that included a new bathroom and kitchen and a couple of replacement windows.

At purchase, the living room was painted dark yellow with black woodwork. The fireplace had original Victorian tiles but they were damaged and mis-matching in tone (obviously bought from the period equivalent of Poundland). It was a dark and dull space but nothing that a tin of Brilliant White and a few sample-sized paint pots couldn’t fix.

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Because it was a small room which could have looked very cluttered I designed large cupboards which would look like pieces of art whilst hiding the junk inside. The doors opposite were painted to match.

For the hearth, I used 3 concrete tiles – painted and sealed. The fireplace tiles are painted quarry tiles.

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The original kitchen was a multitude of mis-matching whites with grease-gathering shelves on every wall. I dumped all the shelving but re-used the old kitchen units, had doors made from MDF and bought a new worktop, sink, oven and hob.

I kept the original white tiles but painting the wall next to them lilac/grey and having a dark worktop made them look fresh.

Because a lot of things in kitchens are less than 10cm in diameter (glasses, mugs, tins, packets…)
I designed ‘invisible’ wall cupboards to house them. The narrow cupboards keep the room feeling spacious and have the added bonus in that you can always find what you’re looking for at first glance.

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Knocking down the kitchen wall made a huge difference, enabling a previously pointless bit of corridor to become part of the kitchen and create room for a dining table. I made the box stools to provide extra storage.

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The wooden ends at the end of the bath were made by cutting a large Ikea chopping board into two pieces. The tiles and lower part of the wall were painted with oil-based eggshell.

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