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Take a Tour Around This Luxe London Apartment

It may be small, but this luxe London home oozes sophisticated style and glamorous decorating ideas

Jennifer Louise Ebert

Jennifer Louise Ebert

Interiors Writer

Who lives here? 

The owner, a general manager for retail in Europe for Christian Louboutin lives with a wire-haired miniature dachshund. The apartment was a rare auction find and Regent's Park is an easy 15-minute stroll. With rich parquet, panelling and deep grey velvet inspired by luxe hotels the owner has stayed in, it's feminine but not girlie. Delicately fluted Murano chandelier, dazzling Deco motifs and the gleam of brushed brass make it sophisticated, yet with just the right measure of frivolity. 

What's the story?

Being around witty, pretty and downright sexy shoes 24/7, the owner knows all about the small details that can add drama where it counts. 'I spent a ridiculous amount of time sourcing handles and light switches in just the right shade of antiqued bronze.' In a one bedroom apartment, every corner has to be just right: witness the chic banquette nook in the kitchen or the perfectly restrained lines of the console in the living room. Details make the difference in every corner of the apartment. 'This neat console table immediately felt glamorous to me. It puts me in mind of Forties cinemas.' 

 
Grey Traditional Hallway with Period Floor Tiles
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Work with original features

Add interest and visual warmth to your hall with encaustic tiles. Here, an original French 1920s floor, complete with bespoke skirting and wall panelling is the perfect backdrop for the owner to play out her contemporary take on classic interior style. Heritage colours and period tiling lend the space an air of drama. If you don't have an original floor, then fake it with patterned tiles that are durable and decorative. 

 
Grey Classic Kitchen with Parquet Floor and Painted Cabinetry
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Mix materials 

Make the most of man-made materials. 'I spotted copper pipes in a showroom and worked them into this scheme. I love how their designs are adaptable to smaller spaces, but still look smart.' Vintage tin ceiling tiles add a layer of decorative texture. Rather than looking too done, the kitchen combines opulence with a bit of rough luxe

 
Grey Traditional Dining Room with Banquette Area and Trio of Lights
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Light the way

Define a dining area with a trio of well-positioned lights. 'These are one of my few contemporary buys, but the cut crystal, twisted flexes and brushed brass strike the right balance between modern and old-school glamour. 'I love both the look and the mood lighting creates.' Throughout the apartment, she added Deco-style walls lights and ruby-red table lights that could have been plucked from a romantic Forties movie. It's fitting that her petite dining set is by René Prou, the man who set the opulent style for the Pullman cars of the Orient Express, hotel foyers and cruise ships in the Thirties. 

 
Grey Traditional Kitchen with Metro Tiles and Objets d'Art
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Add interest and character

Factor in art and quirky curios into your scheme. 'I adore Tanya Ling's fashion illustrations, her work feels feminine but not sweet. I started to collect her Ready to Wear series a couple of years ago and now have pieces featuring the Chloé, Louis Vuitton and Miu Miu collections. For all the luxe flourishes in the living room, the space she and her friends usually end up in is the kitchen. 'This was the room I found hardest to get right, as there's not much space to play with. To up the glam factor, glossy tiles line the walls. 

 
Grey Traditional Bedroom with Patterned Duvet Cover and Chandelier
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Create the boudoir of your dreams

Let feminine glamour comes into its own with textures of smooth silk and crisp cotton. Favourite finds include the Fifties Italian table lamp. 'Buying something as pretty as this feels as if you're investing in a piece of history. Finish of this dainty scheme with pretty, vintage touches, such as a glass decanter and embellished handbags. 

 
White Bathroom with Chic Floor Tiles and Blue-Grey Woodwork
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Consider colour

Use paint and pattern wisely to give original features a contemporary update. An original French Twenties floor, complemented by bespoke wall panelling in a deep blue hue, creates an aura of decadence. 'Laying the tiles in the right pattern was like standing amid a dazzling, giant jigsaw puzzle.' The right colour is key to your bathroom decorating scheme, so choose one that will complement your fittings and fixtures. 

 
Grey Bedroom with Built-in Wardrobe and Parquet Flooring
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Smarten up storage

Get clever with storage and stow away everything tidily. The built-in wardrobe and overhead storage were made from customised kitchen cabinets, fitted with smoked glass and a library ladder by the owners carpenter. 'Shoes tend to evoke stronger passion in us than clothes. Because everyone always has a story associated with a particular pair.' The precious shoes have been neatly stacked and packed in labelled boxes along with a photograph of each pair for easy reference. 

 
Modern Bedroom with Smart Shoe Storage
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Source vintage and antique furniture

Scour flea markets and antiques fairs for furniture that can be lovingly upcycled and restored back to its former glory. Back in the bedroom, chic storage comes in the form of vintage haberdasher's drawers: 'I bought these before the trend for reclaimed shop salvage took off, as they're great got all my boxes of shoes.' This smart unit can hold 48 pairs of shoes.