Today we are welcoming Cat Greenwood to the blog to share her gorgeous space with us!
"We moved to our two-bed flat in Camberwell in London last July, and I am so proud of what we’ve achieved with it. When I viewed the flat, it was the most horrendous thing I’d ever seen. It was in permanent darkness because light bulbs seemingly don’t exist in South London, even the “curtains” looked like a prop from the West End production of Oliver Twist (no exaggeration). It was a shell, and a dirty one at that. We moved in, rolled up our sleeves, and got to work.
"What attracted me to the flat, despite its dirtiness, was the fact that it's in a converted Victorian hospital. It’s a gorgeous building with vast ceilings, huge windows and genuine 1920s graffiti on the exterior walls! I knew that a good scrub down, a lick of paint and a bit of TLC was all that it needed to turn it into a home.
"The cabinet once belonged to a pharmacy, and, I’m told, dates from around 1900. I just love the door knobs. It is the perfect place to display our favourite books and objects, and it even has a secret little shelf! I think our pharmacy cabinet works as a nice anchor, a centrepiece, to our living room, in place of a fire and mantelpiece. We already had the two white chairs and a tiny two-person table in our previous flat, but now that we have a bigger dining space, I felt ready to be a grownup and have people round for dinner. I bought our table from Ikea for 40 quid and spruced it up with some turquoise paint and a couple coats of clear varnish.
"I love my dressing table. I have spent 27 years doing my makeup and hair while sitting cross-legged on the floor, so it means a lot to finally have a space of my own! The pom pom trim hanging from my dressing table was a Christmas DIY which was too pretty to hide away until 1 December. The antique mirror was a car boot find, can you believe, and cost £7–total bargain.