A Home of One’s Own



Finally, after a long six months of anticipation, disappointments, excitement and stress we have the keys to our very own home!!! I’m sure anyone who remembers buying their first home will remember the sense of achievement and relief felt when they step through that door for the first time. It has been a long time coming for us and having spent years renting in grotty university accommodations, shared flats and rented spaces – awkwardly squeezing our personal style into suiting a space that wasn’t our own, the sense of release feels even stronger.

So our very own new home is a flat in a beautiful Grade II listed Art Deco Block in East London. The Shrubbery as it is called because of the surrounding greenery, is a cosy crescent of apartments with two striking arched entrances that lead into the courtyard; gracefully curving crittal windows and the sweetest lime green and white colour palette. Having eyed the property for the three years that we lived in the neighbourhood – and hearing nothing but wonderful things about the sense of community of the people who live within it – mostly artists, musicians and designers – when we saw there was a flat for sale we jumped at the opportunity to move in!

What I love is that walking into the central courtyard is like stepping back in time – at night the expansive windows are lit up from within with glowing vignettes of inhabitants moving about their stylish spaces and filling the air with the scent of cooking. So homely.

Our first floor home has; two bedrooms, a living room with doors that open out onto a balcony that wraps around the front of the flat, a large central hallway, one bathroom and a kitchen with a very sweet smaller balcony that leads out from the back door. What attracted us was the sense of space, the windows, the light, the unusual outdoor spaces and of course the building’s charm.

So… in the next few weeks I will be documenting our experiences in decorating and updating [as you can see the current decor is pretty dated]. As we are currently renting across the road – we are lucky enough to be able to do a month’s cross over while we strip, paint and re-juvinate the space and work on our first big projects – the floors, the walls and overhauling the bathroom! Wish us luck!

Original Hallway

Original Living Room

Original Spare Room

Original Bedroom

Original Bathroom

Original Kitchen

Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

8 Comments on A Home of One’s Own

  1. Becky - Pretty Dandy
    Friday, February 17th, 2012 10:01 at 10:01 am (10 years ago)

    It looks great, and what an incredible building!! I love renovations and make-overs so I’m really looking forward to reading more here!


  2. colleen @ hello olive
    Friday, February 17th, 2012 12:16 at 12:16 pm (10 years ago)

    Congratulations! It looks lovely. Looking forward to seeing it once you’ve moved in.

  3. Ian B.
    Friday, February 17th, 2012 12:47 at 12:47 pm (10 years ago)

    Looks lovely I hope you have a fun time doing it up but I bet you don’t realise how hard the work will be, best get done that gym.

  4. Rohini
    Friday, February 17th, 2012 16:05 at 4:05 pm (10 years ago)

    Thanks all! Will post more pictures soon : )

  5. katrina
    Friday, February 17th, 2012 19:59 at 7:59 pm (10 years ago)

    how exciting!! congrats, great news x kat

  6. This Sydney Life
    Saturday, February 18th, 2012 00:11 at 12:11 am (10 years ago)

    Congratulations! It’s a great feeling – moving into your own place and knowing you can change ANYTHING you want!

  7. Kind Designs
    Tuesday, February 21st, 2012 10:54 at 10:54 am (10 years ago)

    What a beautiful building! I adore Art Deco styling, and I’m sure you’re going to end up with the most amazing home. We renovated our house, and we’re still in the process of adding a new kitchen, so I understand your frustrations! But it will be worth it! Good luck!

  8. motherwifeme
    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 15:08 at 3:08 pm (10 years ago)

    OMG this building looks amazing. I live in East London and really want to ask where this is, but won’t!!! My friend lives in The Strand Building, which is a totes gorgeous Art Deco block, it is like walking out of East London and into Miami or LA there! Loving your blog btw, first time visiting today!

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