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In London, a Wallpaper Designer’s Meticulous Planning Pays Off

by Garrett Fleming

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I’d say only about 10% of my Pinterest pins ever make it off their boards. It’s not my lack of motivation or indecisiveness that’s holding me back from bringing them to life. The fact that I’m still renting has me in a bind. There’s only so much DIY and personalization one can put into a property that isn’t their own. So here I sit, pinning and waiting for the golden opportunity to buy a house I can sink my teeth into decorating, then un-decorating and then (probably) decorating again.

Luckily, while I await my chance, I get to live vicariously through each of the wonderful spaces our readers share with us. Take wallpaper designer and Pinterest-enthusiast  and her husband Sebastian, for example. A year and a half ago they purchased their first flat in London’s Kidbrooke Village and finally got to put all the pins they’d collected to work.

The bulk of their time leading up to move-in day was spent combing through their collection of images in search of new furniture. It wasn’t that the pair disliked their old stuff or simply wanted to start fresh. They had to purchase something. Years of bopping from furnished rental to furnished rental had left them furniture-less. That’s right. This couple owned zero furniture: no bed, no couch, etc. And now they had 770 empty square feet to fill.

As she compiled options, Sian worked methodically. Not only did she create inspiration boards by room, but she also downloaded apps for layout organization. At the peak of the planning phase, she even used Photoshop to create mockups to help her visualize each space. Now that’s dedication to craft. Scroll down to check out the results, and enjoy! —

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Image above: This is one couple unafraid of admitting they aren’t great with renovations. That being said, when they began their house hunt they only looked for move-in-ready, newer options.

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"When choosing the wallpaper for our living room, I wanted to use a soft, not‑too‑bold pattern as a way to provide an elegant backdrop to our paintings and decorations. Many of our friends and family who’ve visited think we chose the pattern for symbolic reasons. 'Perhaps it’s because you have your heads in the clouds,' one of them suggested. I guess they weren’t far from the truth," Sian tells us.
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Tech tools came in handy when designing the unit as it was still being completed when Sian and Sebastian bought it. Photoshop and the app  in particular proved to be the most helpful in planning for larger pieces of furniture.

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The living room's large windows, and the abundance of light that comes with them, inspired Sian to bring the outdoors in by speckling the space with greenery.
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Sian and Sebastian found themselves enamored by China's traditional tea ceremonies on a recent trip there. One of the tea sets they brought back to London is displayed on the dining room table.
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"When we first moved into the flat, it seemed like there was such an abundance of storage space in the kitchen. Now all of the cupboards are completely full, however, I love that I can close the cupboard doors and the kitchen still feels tidy," Sian notes.
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The couple's kitchen accessories all either match or are in the same color scheme, a clever hack that keeps their countertops looking tidy.
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Sian turned her and Sebastian's bedroom into a "lush oasis" by using wallpaper of her company's own design.
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Storage space in the bedroom is minimal. To sidestep the setback, Sian chose deep end tables for both herself and Sebastian.
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Two works by Sian – the floral wallpaper as well as an illustration she did in school – grace the bedroom's wall.
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Clean and minimal, the bathroom’s style pairs perfectly with the rest of the home. Sian only wishes it had enough natural light to accommodate as much plant life as the living room. Instead, she must rely on faux greens to tie the room into her overall look.

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A framed version of the bedroom's tropical wallpaper hangs above a console table in the entryway.
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The couple's unit is perched on the tip-top floor of their apartment building, and the breathtaking view from the balcony was one of its major selling points.
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"What I love most about my home are my plants because they bring nature into our home." – Sian Zeng
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The flat's floor plan.

Source List

Living Room

Wallpaper –

Sofa – upholstered with fabric

Frame armchair, coffee table, side table –

Plant box –

Small clay vase –

Teapot – eBay

Wooden bench – Zara Home

Green cushions – H&M

Ficus Lyrata –

 

Dining Area

Dining table – Maisons du Monde

Black dining chair, white dining chair –

Pink dining chair – Muuto

Green vase – H&M

Tray –

 

Kitchen

White porcelain vase – 

Sink Organizer –

Chopping boards, cake stand – H&M

Container for wooden spoons –

 

Bedroom

Wallpaper –

Bed –

Bedside lamps – John Lewis

Curtain –

 

Bathroom

Blue and pink vase – 

Built in shelves, bathroom fittings – Berkeley Group

Candle – Diptyque

 

Hallway

Print – Sian Zeng

Black Console table –

Porcelain roses – 

White Large Pot – Marrakech

Copper pot –

 

Terrace

Chairs – Made

Flower pots – Habitat

Plants – Deptford Market

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