Adding character to a room

Behind the scenes of my blog I am always beavering away on different jobs whether it be styling homes for magazine shoots or doing room makeovers in ‘real’ homes. As you know, I am partial to the odd room makeover, and I love doing it for others. It’s amazing being able to walk into someone’s home with fresh eyes and be able to identify why the room isn’t working and what they can do, with relatively little money, to bring the room back to life.

Sometimes I do personal shopping for clients who just don’t have the time or know how to find what it is that they want and need for their home. I was asked recently to find a small collection of unique home accessories to add more character to a neutral living room in a rented North London flat. The client worked with me to pick the items and then I popped over recently to take a few pics, which I thought you might like to see as it is very far from the generic look you often see on the high street or in magazines and therefore might provide some inspiration…

Unique home accessories | Apartment Apothecary

The first thing we decided the room needed was a rug to bring colour and interest to such a blank canvas. It can be so difficult to find the perfect rug so I referred the client to Manchester based retailer The Rug Seller as they have such a diverse range of styles, colours and designers. She immediately honed in on this Kodari Anemone rug as she loves the colours and unique design and it brings real personality to the room. It’s also gorgeously soft and sumptuous as it is 100% wool.

Unique home accessories | Apartment Apothecary

The client decided she wanted a set of new but well designed furniture that she could easily take with her to whatever home to goes to next, as this is a rented flat. I found the sideboard, dining set and side tables at Afobi, which fitted the brief perfectly.

Unique home accessories | Apartment Apothecary

We then picked out some of the colours from the rug to add some interesting touches like this mirror that I found in Places and Spaces.

Unique home accessories | Apartment Apothecary

I found the main painting at the Affordable Art Fair in Battersea Park and I love the hints of colour that reflect the pattern in the rug.

Unique home accessories | Apartment Apothecary

We also bought a couple of Tom Pigeon prints as the client has such an eclectic taste that she was keen to mix different styles. The lamp was a unique eBay find and the vase is from Habitat.

Unique home accessories | Apartment Apothecary

Hope you’ve enjoyed this little glimpse into some else’s home. Have a great week everyone!

Katy x


*This post was written in partnership with The Rug Seller



  1. Abi | These Four Walls blog 27th April 2015 / 8:56 am

    Lovely photos – and a lovely selection of accessories! They add personality but the room still looks sleek and clutter-free – perfect! x

    • Katy 28th April 2015 / 4:15 pm

      It is quite a unique collection of accessories and I wondered whether others would like them, so I’m very pleased that you do! And yes, I’m a bit jealous of a clutter-free flat – I think I need to do a good spring clean here as the clutter has built up over the winter x

  2. Therese 27th April 2015 / 9:08 am

    That rug and the main painting are totally stunning! Wish I had the money for items like that in my home!

    • Katy 28th April 2015 / 4:15 pm

      Well, sometimes it only takes one or two expensive buys to make a difference to a room. Maybe you could treat yourself…;)

  3. Laurie 27th April 2015 / 12:37 pm

    I really love the colour palette you’ve used. I always find picking colours for my home the hardest thing to do. It is such a good idea to use a rug or a print to help you – I’m going to steal that idea so thanks for the tip!

    • Katy 28th April 2015 / 4:17 pm

      It can really help to pick your favourite item in a room and base the colour scheme around that as choosing colours can be the hardest thing to do. So glad you found it useful x

  4. Daniel 5th December 2015 / 3:09 pm

    We love the room setting. So beautifully styled. Colours are combined so well!

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