I couldn't believe...

... after looking at these pics, that this apartment is only 84 square metres.

It belongs to supermodel Miranda Kerr, was designed by Jade Jagger and is slap bang in the centre of New York. Probably why it's currently selling for USD1.3m.

Still, offers some good tips at how to make a smallish apartment seem larger. 1) Mirrors. 2) Glass walls and walk-through rooms. 3) Small furniture, 4) Same coloured flooring throughout and 5) Lots of white.

Mixing rooms

I've been trying to explain to Wills for months why having a claw-foot bath in a big open-plan study/sitting room is a great idea. But he says baths should live in bathrooms, beds in bedrooms, etc. Here's some photographic evidence in my favour...
(PS: This is actually a sort-of-hotel room, from One Fine Stay. Beautiful tub - and monk's bench).

Tim Walker

This isn't strictly interiors. But because Tim Walker is the most amazingly-imaginative photographer ever, and because I haven't found an afternoon to visit his exhibition currently taking place at Somerset House, here's a little blog tribute to him.
Don't try these interiors ideas at home... except, perhaps, this first one.
When Enid Blyton met Tim Walker...
Me, after a bad day's novel writing/decorating

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa, Here's a Christmas list from my little flat. Please be generous. x
This Rob Ryan paper cutting... It's called I Opened My Heart. It's £2,050...
Graham and Green's Ball Mirror. It's £130
Lovely Danish Wool Throw, £165
£62.50, Alexander & Pearl, candelabra
Sinatra Black Wood Lamp, £110, Alexander & Pearl...
Industrial Shoreditch Chair, £125

Starling - usually about £2k, but Ross sells mini 15cm ones for £150.
£250 Rockett St George Dining Bench
Deep Dream Cotton Sofa, Graham and Green, £2.5k
And this sofas.com bed, in soft grey wool, with storage for £1.3k.

Pretty dinners

Our current dining table fits one plate and two glasses, or two plates no glasses. Not all four. So Wills and I began shopping for a real dining table this week - one that doesn't look like it belongs in a doll's house. Everything on the high street was samey and bland, so we turned to online boutiques. What we went for in the end was this:
Very sensible and something of a compromise. But here's a tribute to the tables I REALLY fell for - but lost out on because they were a) too big, b) too pricey, c) already sold, or d) all three.
 Alexander and Pearl, Rockett St George, Elemental Antiques and Distressed But Not Forsaken. Also check out The Old Cinema... 

Affordable Art Fair

Some amazing finds at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead Heath yesterday...
Here are some of my favourites.
Sanghyun Kim

Barry Cawston, 34 Fials, £1,400

Hanna Sidorowicz, Menine Rose, £1,400

Yuko Moriyama, Wiffen Sky

Starling Swarm, (Eberhard Ross - he has loads of them)
Oil paints on aluminium...

A paper cutting. (Rob Ryan)

Where to buy (affordable) art?

Where to buy affordable art? I've always tried to copy the great (usually abstract) works that I lust after, but with a pricetag beyond me. But now Wills and I have decided to buy our first real artwork as a Christmas present to each other, the question is what. And from where.

Our search begins. But the first thing I've fallen for is WAY beyond our budget: These Penguin-inspired paintings by Hardland Miller...

Bit glum? Or tongue in cheek?