Our buyers always ask us how they can get the show apartment look but make their micro-apartment work from a practical point of view. Searching Google for an interior designer to dress our Innova Croydon show apartment, we came across Sarah Akwisombe, a Croydon-based interior stylist, blogger and vlogger, who styled a micro-apartment for Habitat.
Her brief was to take a max budget of £8K to transform our 31 square metre micro-apartment into a super cool show home. Our only request was that she source items from the same high street stores that any of our buyers could go to. Here’s what she did…
Sarah chose accessories that are a bit unusual and interesting. Cutlery and utensils are gold, mugs are splattered with a black paint design, and the black Morphy Richards kettle and toaster look like they’ve been borrowed from a goth’s apartment. All add contrast to the simplicity of Inspired Homes’ two-tone kitchen design – white gloss units and black granite worktops.
Buyers often wonder how they’re going to squeeze in a dining table when they first see our 31 square metre apartments, but high street retailers are now offering transforming furniture that’s multi-functional. Sarah selected a Duffy London walnut coffee table that extends into a six-seater dining table. Dotted around the apartment are Pols Potten Zig Zag end tables from Made in Design which double up as stools.
As the feature piece, Sarah chose a Munich jade green velvet sofa from Swoon – silky smooth and sooo cool! Behind the sofa are wall shelves to put your knick-knacks, and pieces with a small footprint, such as the West Elm Sphere + Stem floor lamp, have been selected to maximise every inch of floorspace.
As for the colour scheme, earthy tones from the grey drapes and wood finishes offer contrast to the bold greens and reds that give the apartment its funky, youthful look, with a bohemian feel provided by the terrazzo patterned coasters, plant pots and sofa cushions.
Here Sarah has gone for a custom-made, pink ‘Into the Night’ neon light from Bag & Bones. A bold move but worth it for the Instagram shot! It’s kitch but done in a cool way. More terrazzo patterned cushions continue the bohemian feel but contrasted with a grey Milano bed from Time4Sleep it looks really smart. The bed has two large drawers to boost storage, while a Malone wardrobe from Dwell provides a retro yet practical home for your clothes. Its sliding mirror door further enhances the feeling of space and means a two-foot gap between the bed and wardrobe is more than enough.
Sarah’s accessories are fresh and funky with clever use of plants, squeezy hand soaps and copper pots. This complements Inspired’s high-end Villeroy & Boch floating vanity and toilet, which make cleaning easy and contribute to a feeling of space. The large format grey tiles are really smart appealing to a busy professional and Sarah has exploited the apartment’s neutral scheme to balance her use of colour.
West Elm Sphere + Stem Floor Lamp – £299
Duffy London MK1 Transforming Coffee Table – £798
Swoon Aero Brass Media Unit – £299
Pols Potten Zig Zag End Table – £200
Morphy Richards Prism Toaster – £79
Morphy Richards Prism Kettle – £54
Swoon Munich Sofa – £939
Dwell Malone Wardrobe – £899
Time4Sleep Milano bed – £299
Bag and Bone Custom Neon Light – £402
Debenhams Home Collection Rowan Table Light – £80
Click HERE to view a video of Sarah giving her top tips for styling a micro-apartment and below is a 3D Virtual Tour of our Innova show apartment.