Black Vase – West Elm.

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art direction & photography SHINI PARK in collaboration with YOUR MUM

What I’m doing in this flat is quite possibly in violation of some renters’ law: the comprehensive yet unspoken/unwritten set of rules that is policed by no one but adhered to by everyone who is under a tenancy agreement of sorts. You homeowners can go outside and play, this post does not apply to you… superior humans.
Picture frames all aligned at the same base-line (the floor), make-shift storage space under the stairs/behind the IKEA EKBY, free-standing clothes-hangers that buckle under sale purchases… yeah, you know exactly what I’m talking about. We do not invest in big furniture, and when we do it’s made of cardboard (or breadcrumbs?), comes flat-packed and you probably transported it home in a bus yourself. Built-in storage is literally my wet dream. Maybe not literally.

Also, what is a drill, pray tell?

If it helps to further understand, these laws are accompanied by an Amazon recommended-product list full of sticker-back wall hooks and cheap draught prevention kits BECAUSE YOUR LANDLADY DOESN’T BELIEVE IN CURTAINS, so you spend the balls-cold weekend sealing off the windows with a combination of bargain-store fabric and clear plastic, and hope for the best. Doesn’t hide the fact that now your overpriced London flat looks like a blanket fort that Troy & Abed would approve of.

the bedroom

Ladder-shelf – Dwell. Blowfish – Boulesse. Coral decorative object - West Elm.

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Perfume – Dolce & Gabbana ‘The One’. Watch – Larsson & Jennings. Bracelets – CARAT* London

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Glass vase – Muji. Hourglass – Bitossi via The Conran Shop. Candle holder – Trouva

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So me taking a measuring tape to the walls, is in clear violation of the above. A MEASURING TAPE, you guys. Then proceeding to ordering furniture that perfectly slide into the little indent in the wall next to the fireplace. We’ve even bought a drill, and have plans of making fist-sized holes into the walls come weekend; you know, for fun. My logic is this: Live a little. Why pay such a ridiculous amount to live in a relatively attractive, albeit ill-heated space and then further offend it by not making it a home? Because stupid, that’s what. Rant over. Here are some corners I’ve been refreshing in the last couple of weeks between the bliss that was my horizontal-and-TV adventures.

Marble vase – Dwell. ‘Hello’ sign – West Elm.
the office

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Aroma diffuser – Muji

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Chair – Eames. Desk – IKEA

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Rose-gold sunnies – RayBan

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41 Comments

  1. This is so aesthetically pleasing! x

  2. What a beautiful space! You did a splendid job!

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  3. I love with I home like this!
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  4. Beautiful shots!

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  7. Absolutely stunning Shini!

  8. Love your wit! Your photographs are always so pleasant to look at, too. :-)

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  9. Your place is looking lovely, Shini! And I so agree with you on making home feel like an actual home, even with the temporary feeling of renting. Particularly on buying items that fit specifically into certain spaces in the home: there’s nothing to say that even if I moved again those pieces wouldn’t still look nice/fit/whatever despite no longer having a dedicated “spot” it fits perfectly into. And if not, I figure there’s a million and one ways to resell or donate pieces these days so it’s not really a huge deal.

  10. Your place is looking lovely, Shini! And I so agree with you on making home feel like an actual home, even with the temporary feeling of renting. Particularly on buying items that fit specifically into certain spaces in the home: there’s nothing to say that even if I moved again those pieces wouldn’t still look nice/fit/whatever despite no longer having a dedicated “spot” it fits perfectly into. And if not, I figure there’s a million and one ways to resell or donate pieces these days so it’s not really a huge deal.

  11. Alice

    Such a beautiful space. In awe of your work area; gotta hand it to Ikea!! Great job nesting, my dear!

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  12. <3

  13. I love how everything is clean and pretty!

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  14. Anna

    Gorgeous.

    But poor little blowfish. I had no idea people taxidermied fish.

  15. your flat is so gorgeous!!
    love your furniture
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  16. don’t be startled if you see me in your office/studio space this morning, k? great.

  17. Amazing photos!

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  18. Lovely pictures!

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  19. You really paid attention to details. I love the perfect shape design. Love the lines.

  20. So sweet and personal !!!

  21. Love the details in the bedroom!

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  22. Would love to plant myself in your office! Laid back, cool and effortless. Not absolutely tidy but everything is in its place and that’s what a home is all about x

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  23. where is your wonderful magazine stand from?

  24. Beautiful shots, as always.. ;)

  25. Hi Laura!
    It’s something I got off ebay – just search something along the lines of plant/flower ladder and you should get similar results!

  26. Roselle

    Loving (and super jealous) ALL of your furniture!
    Where are they from? Especially that Marble coffee table and side table!

    x

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  31. a.) that clear shoe box is perfection.
    b.) thanks for making a Troy & Abed reference
    c.) that is all

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  34. Very nice! i like these photos :)

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  37. woow this is amazing! I mean room looks awesome I wish I could have same room :)

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  40. Your apartment looks great!
    I hope I could furnish my apartment comfortably, simple and comfortable.

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