Well this one’s got film script written all over it. One of those gorgeous little apartments right in the centre of one of the most expensive cities in the world, where the gorgeous (yet clearly impoverished) young woman lives with no visible means of support. She’s probably a student (all those books) but maybe works as a waitress (somehow that minimum wage manages to support her and her stunning wardrobe) to make ends meet. And that includes mortgage ends as this two bedroom number on Columbia Road is on with Aucoot for £815,000.
Or is she a dancer by night and a welder by day? It’s that sort of place I think. You know the one where the shop underneath is run by a friendly substitute father figure who always lends her a tenner for the cab home or keeps her fully equipped with coffee and fresh fruit when she breezes past of a morning on her way to lectures.
I’m going to push a wholly unexpected plot twist here and say that maybe his nephew comes to work for him – having been sent here by his American parents for some spurious naughtiness which meant he needed to get a dose of the real world in a picturesque corner of East London by a world famous flower market.
Clearly they will hate each other on sight. And then they will have to fight the developers to save the flower market. This plan will be hatched over an impromptu lunch in the courtyard garden where she will be able to reach in to the fridge and produce a board of artisanal cheese, a crunchy green salad with some proper tasty tomatoes. This will be accompanied by a deliciously fresh baguette which the baker will have given her that morning (she never pays for her bread) and washed down with a bottle of surprisingly good red (likewise).
It will turn out, over the course of this lunch, which he will find utterly charming and English since he has never eaten anywhere less formal than The Four Seasons in NYC, that said developers are his parents. Cue row. And rain. In films you can never row while the sun is shining.
However, when the sun comes out it will herald a journey of self discovery – mostly for the Waspy parents who will discover that flowers are thicker than blood and so have to accept dancing/welding/student girlfriend and who, because life in London is like this – also decide to buy the whole road and, instead of developing it, allow everyone to live rent free ever after.
So all we need to decide is who is playing who? And maybe we should have a closer look round while we’re pondering that. Big marks for the dark woodwork which works to frame the room and draw the eye out through the window. If you want light walls then consider a contrasting colour on the woodwork as there is less of it. If you rent you can ask the landlord if they will object to you adding colour on picture rails and skirting boards while leaving the walls white.
Diving into these two bedrooms here which are technically doubles – and will be sold as such – but that basically means “is wide enough for a double bed”. As you can see there’s not much spare space. So options: add some drama by painting the whole wall behind the bed and up over the ceiling to create the impression of a canopy. This will feel cosy and deliberate. You could do the same with wallpaper.
Consider adding a shelf along the whole wall above the bedhead so you can preserve the space at the side. You can either clip a lamp onto it or stand one and keep books and plants out of the way up there.
The room above is slightly bigger and the orange curtains bring character but it’s probably still a bit of a shimmy and I would imagine that American dream boat will burn his arm on the radiator when he gets up in the morning – woken by the aroma or freshly brewed coffee and, probably, more of that fresh baguette.
He’ll like the shower though. Can’t go wrong with classic subway tiles and black accessories and there’s plenty of storage next to that basin. Now there’s no natural light in this room and if that’s a problem for you (and you felt like doing the work) you can alway investigate adding a pane of glass at the top of the wall to borrow light from the room next door – in this case the bedroom. It will be high enough not to cause privacy issues although you could frost it if you were worried.
Another way to save space is to see if you can add pocket, or sliding doors. It’s hard to tell from the floor plan if there would be space to do it here but you might be able to do it in one, or both of the bedrooms which would save a huge amount of space.
Meanwhile I’ll be sitting here awaiting your casting decisions and plot twists.