EVA and Ant and their inspiring home in my old neighbourhood Clapton, in Hackney.
My relationship with Eva started around 10 years ago. As a young mum trawling across my London Fields hood for a much needed coffee with new-born-baby in tow, I spotted her. Unlike me, pushing my outdated and very second-hand model of hand-me down-no brand/tank/buggy like a zimmer frame, she was skipping along with a bright, yellow-hooded Bugaboo adorned with mini bunting, which of course was home made. Need I
As with most of my best friendships, it was love at first play date. She is a such an unassuming and kind person – but when I nosed into her then London Fields home I was also overwhelmed by her modesty and realised she was hiding a huge creative flair, an obvious passion for modern design and a love of colour.
Where my childhood – and thus what I had often tried to recreate in my adult life – was full of crisp linen sheets with victorian frills, patchwork throws and heavy wooden furniture, Wedgewood teacups, William Morris prints and generally a love of anything ‘old/borrowed/reborn or antique – Eva’s was a modern eclectic version of the same, but more modern, more mid-century and more designer-led.
Her recently renovated home in Clapton is feast for the eyes. House of Rym cups nestle in the kitchen next to Marimekko saucers, and tea towels by Lucienne Day hang against richly painted Farrow & Ball wallpapers. Over the years Eva has given me Art and jugs, cards and prints that always inspire me and lead me to new discoveries. Despite the heady mix of many designers and influences in her home there is always a kind of harmony, due to her consistently good taste and elegance, and in her new home perhaps thanks to the incredibly bold grey and navy-blue back drops. The kids bedrooms always have a beautiful mix of fine fabrics, Mustard and brown Orla Kiely duvets casually thrown onto messy beds against squishy Donna Wilson Cushions and Nobodinoz bean bags.
The rooms are kind of whimsical and bold at the same time.
She introduced me to a love of modern design, of mid-century furniture, of bright prints with modern flowers and geometric patterns (these Scandinavian tiles below in her bathroom are so tactile and beautiful).
It set my designer mind on fire and opened up a whole new world of rich textiles. I love that nothing in her home is too garish or bold. Somehow there is a subtlety to the prints that seem faded and soft against the beautiful deep blue Stiffkey Blue.
By keeping the shutters and skirting boards white the deep inky blue somehow doesn’t overpower the room. This little ticking stripe chair was one she reupholstered herself!
The house is just dotted with beautiful faded but intricate fabrics, vintage and new. The dark blue which has now become so in vogue was a bold move then and looks amazing.
I love her choices – soft green with pink curtains dark walls and grey radiators for her room – they say a lot about her life, her sense of fun and her joie-de-vivre. !