is a London-based interior product designer. Focusing on homewares and design-led gifts, Michelle is currently working on a couple commissions for UK museums and shops. Typically space in London is tight, and she shares this two-bedroom flat in a Victorian building (c. 1890s) east of the city with her husband Bill, a , and their seven year old daughter Marni. They moved in last June after the whole place was gutted and extended upwards into the attic to make an extra bedroom. The whole space has come together organically, with no real master plan (except to have white floors) and with the exception of the kitchen and bathroom fittings, nothing was bought specifically for the new place. And after looking back through the photos – by – Michelle now realizes she has a thing for blue! Thanks, Michelle! –
Image above: The large M is from Anthropologie. I’ve collected a few letter Ms over the years and dotted them around the place. The little wooden tiger is a toy from Marni’s bedroom.
Image above: The paint colour in the bedroom is Niagara Blue from Dulux and looked very dark in the tin but it actually warms the whole room. The black and white cushions on the bed are from my London Bus Destination series, the pink one is Designers Guild and the framed picture above the bed is an original bus blind from the front of a London double decker bus – the destination is just down the road from us. The small wicker chair is Marni’s and the cream rug – just visible – is one of my Stella felt wool rugs.
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Image above: I bought the sofa 10 years ago for a previous home and it fits perfectly here. It’s from the original 1960s design by Robin Day, reproduced by Habitat. The lamp is a reconditioned 1930s sofa lamp and the pink Rosetta rug is made from 100% re-cycled plastic bottles. I designed it with Livia Firth at Eco Age, in west London. The Robin Day Polo chairs, round the dining table, were given to me by a friend that used to work for the furniture company that produce them. I picked up the wire work cafe chair from a secondhand store in France.
Image above: We chose a clean lined style of kitchen and had it built along the back wall of the open plan living space. I was going to paint the stairs all different colours but fell in love with this turquoise colour from Sanderson. It’s called Port Arthur Blue and reminds me of the seaside. The pale grey rug is from my Stella collection and I’m pleased with the white painted floors – a cheap option and it makes the space look larger than it is.
Image above: I love to collect old pieces of glass and ceramics, especially the patterned or colourful pieces, but have to limit myself as I’m gradually running out of space. These glass pieces are 1960s Whitefriars and I saw an identical blue ashtray on Don Draper’s desk in Mad Men, which I thought was very funny.
Image above: Looking back towards the kitchen. I bought the Picasso print as I loved the purple and indigo colours juxtaposed with the smiling skull. The cushions on the sofa are Designers Guild which I’ve bought a various sales from their shop on Kings Road. I bought the Owl clock for my daughter when she started to learn to tell the time. The south facing windows in this room make it lovely and bright even on a cloudy day.