A London Interior Designer’s Elegant, Eclectic Flat

Name: Anouska Tamony and her partner Scott

Location: East Dulwich — London, UK

Years lived in: 1.5 years, owned

Anouska shares a stunning London flat with her partner Scott. A light-filled home set in a turn-of-the-century terraced house (built in 1898), there are two bedrooms, a wonderfully wallpapered bathroom, a sitting room and a spare bedroom used as a study and guest room. The architecture is gorgeous — and Anouska’s filled it with a modern and eclectic mix of furnishings, color and graphics.

Anouska and Scott chose the East Dulwich area because it has village charm but is also close to the vibrant Peckham area. It’s the same with the feel of their home. As an interior designer, Anouska has melded soothing spaces with dynamic ones for a very beautiful and interesting mix.

“Scott and I love to travel and often return from our trips with carpets, art, furniture and miscellaneous objects. We wanted to incorporate these items into our home and give each room a distinctive feel. My favourite piece of furniture is the pretty Chinoiserie lacquer firescreen found in Malacca because it reminds me of a wonderful three week trip from Hong Kong to Singapore via Vietnam and Malaysia,” wrote Anouska

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My style: Colourful, exotic, classic

As the granddaughter of a couture seamstress whose studio proved a treasure trove of interesting finds to me as a child, colour and pattern usually make an appearance, though the chemistry and contrasts could be subtle and delicate or playful and bold depending on the mood I’m seeking to conjure.

My designs often mix classic with contemporary and almost always include statement lighting, interesting rugs and unexpected flourishes.

Inspiration: East meets West, heritage, antiques, textiles

Favorite element: The unique pieces of art and furniture collected on travels and handed down from family

Biggest challenge: Adding character on a tight first-time buyer’s budget

What friends say: It’s a unique, a little daring and very much our style and taste

Biggest embarrassment: The exterior…that’s coming next

Proudest diy: Upholstering the gorgeous french salon chair in the study

Biggest indulgence: The solid oak parquet in the sitting room

Best advice: Trust your instinct and take risks!

I understand where fitted kitchen and bathroom furniture is concerned you’ve got to be particularly prudent but where decisions are not too expensive to change, like paint colour or soft furnishings, try not to fear the odd mistake and enjoy the experimentation.

Dream sources: Being let loose with an unlimited budget in Guinevere Antiques and Talisman…their collections are always a feast for the eyes!


Bedroom — Dulux Sutble Ivory

Study — Farrow Ball Cabbage White

Bathroom — Farrow Ball- Pitch Blue

Entry — Farrow Ball- Elephant’s Breath; Farrow Ball- Book Room Red

Living room — Dulux- Cameo Silk

Sofa — The Izzy by Sofa.com (Custom velvet fabric)

Hans Wegner (reproduction) wishbone chairs — Danish Design Studio

Cushions (FRONT) Tibetan Sun by Jim Thompson

Mid-Century Shelving Brackets — West Elm

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