London House tour

My blogger friend, Marina, author of Iced Vovo's, was lucky enough to look after a house on the Livingetc house tours recently. The event took place on two separate days, offering exclusive access to up to 16 homes situated in North London or West London - now that's my kind of sight seeing!

The kitchen/dining area in the home Marina looked after is a previous favourite of mine, with it's Persian rug and mismatched chairs. So I was really excited to see the rest of the house.

I'll start with the guest bedroom because I am so taken with the sumptuous blue velvet chair - the colour and shape are just divine, and the hint of blue in the vase above connects the chair to the rest of the black & white colouring.

The master bedroom has more classic black & white, and the skull print adds colour and a bit of edge. The mirrored-back wardrobe is a restored shop display cabinet - brilliant! This is apparently a trend in London, as Marina said that a lot of the homes on the tour featured such cabinets. In contrast, vintage apple crates have been used for shoe storage.

In the living room a pair of horns and an antique leather carver chair sit comfortably side by side with an industrial light and push bike. Mixing together antiques, mid-century pieces and salvaged finds has allowed it's owners to well and truly stamp their mark on this home. And that's what a home should be all about.