Decorating your house can be a nightmare, especially when you are on a budget. We have already told you about the joys of compromising when it comes to decorating with housemates and now we are here to show you how to create Pinterest worthy décor on a budget.
Whilst it is tempting to splash the cash at Chris Bracey’s neon heaven, God’s Own Junkyard, there are plenty of other local artists and designers on hand to jazz up your gaff. Inspiration is everywhere in E17, from trendy cafés to independent gift shops,so there is no excuse for your house to be anything other than a creative sanctuary.
Photo: Grace Molan
This Swedish café situated on the Chingford Road is not only home to some of the best cakes in the borough, they also stock a range of clothes and interiors allowing you to recreate the coveted Scandi style at home. However, the café is inspiration in itself. Viewed by the owners as an exhibition space as well as a café, Bygga Bo’s interiors demonstrate the passion for design that is shared amongst the café’s founders. So much so, that they are now collaborating with estate agents, The Stow Brothers, to help style properties before they are sold.
The café begins with a small shop and seating area before moving on towards the open kitchen and garden. The beautiful garden terrace is decorated with multi coloured mismatched chairs and leads on to a summer house. This summer house offers an oasis of calm on one of the area’s busiest roads. The whitewashed walls and floor provide the perfect canvas to display a range of local art and crafts. The tables are decorated with stacks of magazines which have been placed alongside vintage finds. This simple trick can easily be recreated in your own home and with the Salvation Army store on Forest Road being so close, you are bound to find some old items that will give your home an eye catching boost.
Photo: Grace Molan
Local resident Cecily Bear, produces a small number of hand drawn prints and framed artworks that combine vintage motifs with bursts of neon and glitter. Often found selling her wares at the E17 Designer markets, Cecily has a keen eye for detail, something which is demonstrated in her stunning ‘A-Z of Walthamstow’ print. This print has grown to become one of her most popular designs and includes local landmarks such as Manze’s Pie and Mash shop and the Walthamstow stadium. With so many cultural highlights featured within the work, Cecily Bear’s print is a great way to celebrate the rich heritage of the area without breaking the bank.
Photo: Karin Akesson
Karin’s designs offer a heart warming approach to life, with tea towels displaying uplifting quotes and napkins covered in cute doodles. Phrases such as ‘Jumping for joy is good exercise’ and ‘My heart belongs to London’ are written in a playful, calligraphy style font creating a fun, monochrome look that has become synonymous with Karin’s designs. As member of E17 Designers, Karin is inspired by the creative community in Waltham Forest and her designs can now be found in shops worldwide, including Selfridges on Oxford Street.
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Nadia Sparham designs quirky, hand made items for the home. Wall hangings, cushions and ceramics make up the small but perfectly formed range of items hand crafted by Nadia. Based in Walthamstow, Nadia’s designs have become popular at the local E17 Designer markets, especially her series of dog breed bone china mugs. These mugs feature a variety of hand drawn illustrations, featuring various dog breeds, which have then been transferred onto fine bone china ready to make your tea time all the more fun. Nadia also takes custom orders so the possibilities are endless.
Whilst it is easy to fill your house with mass produced, high street bargains, these designers offer small hand crafted items for your home, which will be unique to you. If you decide to decorate using vintage, upcycled items like the owners of Bygga Bo, you will be showing off your eclectic sense of style, all the while, adding a new lease of life to old forgotten items.
Words: Grace Molan