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