#HowIRent : Video Home Tour of a Rented Listed Building in East London

What inspires your interior style?

It’s quite an eclectic style. I find inspiration from everywhere whether it be travelling, vintage and second hand markets and antique shops or online i’m a real magpie for anything design.

West elm bookcase in living room used to store decorative items and homeware

I have always collected things and all of the objects in our home all tell a story. I have a 1950’s hornsea chicken ash tray that I bought at a car boot sale in Sydney when I was in my early twenties that still has pride of place on the West Elm bookcase.

A close up of decorative items on west elm shelf. Items include indoor plants, and books

record player on west elm dresser next to vase of peonies

I also love textiles having trained as a print designer at Chelsea School of Art you’ll find me stroking the textiles wherever we go as i’m always drawn to the textures and tactility of cloth – like this Ferm Living cushion

Close up of pillows on striped vintage sofa

I notice you have quite a colourful fashion sense, do you find that translates into your home?

It definitely does! I love colour and find it so inspiring it brings me joy just curating colour in my print design work and putting together on myself. It’s something that’s always come fairly naturally to me it makes sense that it follows through into our interiors. Colourful cushions, throws and artwork especially.

Clothes rail in hallway with colourful dresses

Where do you buy your furniture from? Any brands you’d recommend?

I love West Elm the quality, design and attention to detail is excellent and I’d highly recommend investing in something that will last a lifetime. It’s also really sustainably sourced too which is great.

A view of the bedroom from the door way. Vintage wardrobe next to bed. Picture ledge just above the bed.

I also love IKEA (who doesn’t), Habitat and small independent designers like Donna Wilson and SCP are fab too you’ll often find something really special and unique.

Painted yellow chest of drawers next to bed in the bedroom

What are your top tips for creating character in a rental?

1. Make it yours, bring your personality into the property.

A view of the kitchen . Countertops filled with items like cutting board and place. A small round original window seen in this listed building kitchen

2. Use the available space you have and don’t be afraid to ask your landlord or lady if you can make changes. You’ll always be adding value. Our flat is very small but we’ve made sure to fill the space to utilise it whether that be my rail of dresses in the hallway (everything can be art) or the giant mirror to reflect light back in and create space.

Small basket of hats next to the end of the bed for additional storage

3. Mix it up – you don’t have to stick with one particular style of decor you can combine objects and furniture to create a more eclectic space.

Glass vintage sideboard filled with books and other ornaments.

4. Use more colour – this is easy in art and textiles, I love layering throws and cushions to create some depth and interest and mixing colours and textures.

Vintage gold fan on top of the yellow painted chest of drawers

Can you think of one renter friendly product you can recommend?

Picture rail hooks and command strips are a renters dream, make sure you get some in your basket and your walls will be transformed without leaving a single mark.

picture on wall using command strips as its a listed building

So what do you think of Zeena’s home? I would love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment below As always your support and shares are appreciated. You can also share your rented homes on Instagram using the tag #HowIRent.


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