Essential Living Part 1 : A Boutique Bedroom On A Budget

We’re thrilled to be able to share with you the results of one of the rooms we designed for developers ‘Essential Living‘. If you’ve not heard of them, these guys offer modern apartments with a wealth of benefits. Mainly the fact they have fantastic communal spaces for all residents in which they regularly host events to get the neighbourly spirit going. Think Pizza & Prosecco nights on panoramic roof terraces overlooking London. Yes really! Or the fact they have pet friendly apartments, furnished or unfurnished options, the freedom to paint, a 24/7 on site team, fitness studios and rentable areas for private functions. The list goes on…

Why we partnered up with Essential Living

When we first came across Essential Living, we were blown away during a tour around their Bethnal Green apartment block. Firstly the roof terrace had 360 views across London which were second to none. Next up, the kitchens and bathrooms were modern, & the furniture included in the rental package was stylish. But lastly we loved the concept of communal living spaces / events. In essence, we knew from day dot that we wanted to collaborate with such an innovative and unique company. So when they asked us to style one of their 2 bed apartments itn the Archway site (named Vantage Point), we leapt at the opportunity.

Our mission was to create a different scheme in each room and show that renting an  Essential Living apartment means your interiors can match your personality. We used simple tricks like; upholstering the existing headboards in a non-damaging way, painting the walls & added artwork & accessories. We want to rid the widespread opinion that rentals have to be bland and boring and we hope this post sharing Bedroom 1 ‘the pink & blue bedroom’ does just this. If you want to read more tips about ‘How To Make A Rented Apartment A Home‘ you can download a free PDF which has tips from us & other bloggers in the field.

Paint & fabrics from Designers Guild

Established in 1970 by Tricia Guild, Designers Guild really is your one-shop destination for all your interior needs. It’s safe to say this bedroom design wouldn’t have been possible without the friendly team’s assistance and expertise. Their extensive fabric, paint & wallpaper collection is second to none and makes browsing for interior projects an immersive and enjoyable experience.

Being a designer, having all these resources in one place makes scheme sourcing so much easier. This is enhanced by the fact that the showroom has sofas to sit on, a place to grab a coffee with your client and plenty of swatches / samples to take away. Now incase you’re thinking they’re not affordable – let us stop you here. The headboard fabric we used (which you lot have gone crazy for on instagram) retails at just £45 per m RRP. (We used the Toolzilla Staple Gun to affix it). The paint price point too matches competitors Little Greene or Farrow & Ball and is of the same, if not superior quality. The colour we used was called ‘Eucalyptus Leaf‘. So if you’ve got an interior related projects coming up, take a trip to their Kings Road or Marylebone showrooms for a unique experience with expert advice.

Shop The Look

pink and blue bedroom
pink and blue bedroom

Shop The Look

pink and blue bedroom

Lighting is key – we’re obsessed with HouseOf

No space is complete without a killer lighting scheme. Who better to turn to to help us achieve this than recent instagram stars HouseOf.com? This new brand has got us on our toes swooning over every product they release. Their range is modern, affordable, stylish and generally just f***ing cool, so it’s not wonder interior bloggers are flocking to them. We used their Curved Floor Lamp Green and the Marble Column Table Lamp which they kindly loaned to us.

What was the concept behind the scheme?

To create a space using a unique colour combination that goes beyond what you’d expect to achieve in a rental space. Taking influences from Milan, Bauhaus and high end furniture brands we’ve tried to achieve a look that has a boutique hotel bedroom feel but without the price tag.

pink and blue bedroom

A final word of thanks

  • A huge thanks to Amara, IKEA, Piglet In Bed, Habitat, MADE.COM & HouseOf for loaning us their fantastic products to bring this design to life. Without their help this wouldn’t have been possible and we appreciate the lengths they went to help us arrange this.
  • A big thanks also to Designers Guild – especially Amber & Ben – who provided a wealth of fabrics, paint & accessories – your help was invaluable.
  •  A massive thanks to Essential Living for letting us come in and take over their apartment and cause them lots of stress! Tilly you were an angel and we hope we’ve done you proud.
  • To Kasia Fiszer for taking the beautiful photos
  • & lastly to Danielle Tanner for your invaluable assisting.

If you fancy getting some help designing your home, get in touch with us and see how we can help you from just £125.

If you want to learn more about Essential Living, click here.


Photography by Kasia Fiszer 

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