Well hello! I can’t believe Christmas has come & gone already!! It’s a crazy, crazy time of year, and that’s my poor excuse for missing a month’s worth of posts… (I’ve been in a state of boozy comatose since late November. Apparently not a good place for productivity? Who knew.) ANYWAY. I had the opportunity recently to help out the lovely Maxine from We Love Home blog styling a shoot for Lifestyle Floors, and I thought I give you a look behind the scenes!
This was a location shoot (i.e. not in a studio) and we were super excited to get into the property & have a look around, as this was the first time it had been used as a location. Fresh pickings! It’s a gorgeous terraced house in Kensal Rise combining traditional Victorian features with modern design and floor-to-ceiling windows to die for. The first day we were there was one of those horrible gloomy London days where it never really seems to get light, and it genuinely felt brighter in the house with no lights on. (?!) So dreamy. Just look at that huuuuge Crittal window!
We had a selection of products to shoot from Lifestyle Floors’ collection of vinyl, laminate, carpet and wood flooring, which required quite a lot of DIY. This was pretty exciting for me, as it was my first time on a shoot like this where the location was completely overhauled; on most shoots I’ve been on, we just use the location as it is. Over the three days we were in Kensal Rise, we repainted white walls black, carpeted over oak floor with pink shag-pile, painted stencils onto the floor, turned a study bright yellow and gave a navy staircase bright red 70s vinyl rises. It was insane! So so so much fun. One of the owners came back on the second day and I can only imagine what he was thinking looking around at his house..! Below you can see the Colosseum warm concrete tile being fitted in the kitchen.
The kitchen was probably my favourite part of the house. How dreamy is the peach / brass / marble combo?!? Had me thinking that perhaps cooking would be more enjoyable in the right environment..?! (Nah jk, there’s no hope for me.) I think the peach cupboards are especially inspired because they wouldn’t have broken the bank – they are just simple wooden cupboards that have been painted. Something any of us could do in an afternoon for a quick refresh!
The brass splashback and brackets are really stunning details. Though perhaps not for the clean freaks among you; there was quite a lot of staining to the brass from water and oil. Not that that would bother me – I thought it added to the charm – but if you wanted to keep it pristine I’d imagine it would take some upkeep!
I really loved the deep teal and mustard shades that Maxine put together for the lounge shoot, it felt so luxurious with the velvet textures and brass accents.
How insane is this carpet!! You may have seen it on my Instagram story on the day – I really can’t help loving a bold pattern, especially when it’s MCM inspired like this. This is also a great sneaky peak into the glamourous world of interior styling… The famous ‘tape hand’. (That fluff ain’t gonna remove itself.)
What do you guys think of this earthy yellow shade for a bedroom? It’s not one I’d have thought of but it looked really great with the mint & sage shades!
This shoot was such a fun few days work – it’s incredible how much a team can change a house then leave as though nothing had happened! And of course it’s always fun getting to look around such beautiful houses in the middle of London… How the other half live eh!
What do you guys think of the house?