When we moved here we had a braver attitude to colour and we have gathered stuff together… I’m the collector and Charlie is the editor – otherwise we would definitely have far too much stuff!
This covetable space belongs to two uber creatives, Emily Mellor, a former make-up artist who worked as business development manager for Jo Wood Organics before founding Hauswork, a brand consultancy for seriously gorgeous lifestyle and beauty brands, and her husband Charlie, Head of Design at Fred Perry. Not only is their North London flat seriously swoon worthy, but they are two of the loveliest people we have met in a while. Sigh.
When two creatives with strong aesthetics decide to live together it can be difficult to find a harmonious sense of style, but Emily and Charlie have made it work. Both know a thing or two about design and both love monochrome, vintage and art. They live in a two bedroom flat in Kentish Town filled with pictures by friends, vintage bits and bobs and retro furniture. It’s cosy, playful and seriously cool.
The flat is arranged across the top two floors of a Victorian terraced house. There was not a great deal of structural work needed and they repurposed as much as they could from the original fittings, including kitchen cabinets and shelving. Floors were stripped, walls were painted and the top landing was given over to a huge built in wardrobe. Farrow and Ball’s Downpipe paint used in the sitting room provided the starting point for the monochrome theme.
When they first moved in together, Emily and Charlie wondered how her passion for collecting colourful knick knacks from car boot fairs and charity shops would fit with his minimal aesthetic, but the couple found a balance by grounding their possessions against the graphic monochrome background, while Charlie reigns in Emily’s obsession with collecting. “Our last flat was much more minimal,” he says. “But when we moved here we had a braver attitude to colour and we have gathered stuff together. Emily is the collector and I am the editor – otherwise we would definitely have far too much stuff.”
The flat is a cosy mix of contemporary and vintage, with every room given over to carefully curated collections and comfortable furniture. So cosy, in fact, that friends come over and spend hours watching films in the sitting room or chatting over dinner rather than going out. “We don’t really go out any more!” says Emily. “We have people over a lot and the kitchen is always full – it really is the hub of the home.”