Tour this colorful and creative London apartment – full of clever storage tips

Eppie Thompson knows a factor or more about be resourceful with color. Her home and her business are only for just that – creativeness and color.

Her one-bed room London apartment is sort of a jewelery box filled with sparkling gems. A harlequin patchwork of pattern, color and shape that combine to produce a distinctive living area filled with interest and personality. These rare characteristics truly get this to among the world’s best homes, despite its lightweight.

Eppie founded and runs The Fabled Thread, producing unique embroidery and sampler kits for fellow craft and needlework enthusiasts. She bought and designed her one-bed room London apartment, understanding that she’d be running The Fabled Thread after that and states the space’s combination determined many of the design decisions.

‘I ripped the old bathroom and kitchen meaning I’d an empty canvas to start with. I ran a significant tight budget to ensure that meant choices were more limited and I needed to get creative with the way i contacted the renovation,’ states Eppie.

Designing the apartment to ensure that she could effectively run her business and live there simultaneously presented some unusual challenges. One of the unusual kitchen ideas, for instance, is always that your kitchen table and bench are greater to become standing height for cutting fabric, and also the bed base was customized to become extra deep for storing made of woll. Every inch from the 600 sq foot apartment needed to work doubly hard to really make it achievable like a home, office, space for storage and gallery.


‘When I viewed the flat I had been so taken using the hallway and double doorways in to the sitting area – it felt just like a little Georgian parlor,’ states Eppie.

She made the decision to experience to that particular by panelling the low area of the wall and wallpapering top of the half in William Morris’s classic Willow Bough wallpaper. Many of the original options that come with the flat have been stripped out through the years, so certainly one of Eppie’s greatest challenges, when she was considering hallway ideas, ended up being to try bring some character back.

‘Home in my experience is sort of a stage looking for my world,’ states Eppie. ‘So I additionally wanted it to create the scene for anybody visiting. I colored the outlet lines from the Jabberwocky round the door frame that is a wonderful indication in my experience that a little bit of nonsense will work for the soul, as well as for anybody visiting it prepares them for that madness within!’


‘It’s very difficult to choose which space is my personal favorite, they all have its very own unique character,’ states Eppie. Your kitchen is how she spends probably the most time as her only table within the apartment.

‘I love any type of handicraft and that i spend most nights sitting here either sewing, drawing, painting, collaging etc. It’s the area where Personally i think most invigorated.’

Eppie initially colored your kitchen cabinets white-colored, believing that will make the area feel lighter but thought it was looked clinical and stark. ‘I repainted these to India Yellow, which tones in wonderfully using the wooden floors, worktops and table, creating an earthy feel towards the space,’ she states.

It’s difficult to acquire a 1-bed room apartment that may accommodate dinner visitors and Eppie is delighted with the way the space works.

‘The diner is narrow and so i had the corner bench and table designed for the area to become only 70 cm wide. This means I’m able to cram many people round for supper and also you only really start noticing how narrow the table is when you begin attempting to arrange plates onto it,’ she states. ‘As the majority of the cabinets are adopted with appliances, I added our prime shelves over the diner to supply more space for storage for food, cookbooks and crockery.’

Sitting Area

Using the deep sofa, layers of textiles and heat from the pink and orange tones, the sitting area is really a wonderfully cozy space. The type of room to hunker lower along with some sewing.

The main change here was building in book shelves and cabinets on each side from the hearth. One of many inspiring family room ideas here, are Eppie’s creative and budget-beating touches for that book shelves and hearth.

The rear of the book shelves have been in an in-depth red gloss tongue-and-groove which gives the look of these being far much deeper, creating a feeling of space, she explains, adding: ‘My limited budget meant it was not a choice to alter the fireplace surround,’ states Eppie. ‘So I decoratively colored it to be able to disguise the plain MDF boxing. I did not want anyone aspect of the room to dominate, therefore the colors from the hearth are just subtle variations on your wall color.’

Bed room

The bed room was formerly Eppie’s workspace. There is space within this lengthy room for work benches on each side from the French doorways in to the garden. Because the business moved, among the work benches has gone to live in the studio and instead is really a cozy armchair for studying.

The company might have managed to move on but you may still find lots of office at home ideas worth borrowing out of this space. The rest of the workbench bakes an excellent standing desk, with curtains to cover all of the unsightly admin such things as the printer, paper, folders and much more.