Location: Bloomsbury —London, UK
Size: 725 square feet
Years lived in: 8 years; Owned
Design writer Cate St Hill’s blog and Instagram feed are filled with beautiful images of effortlessly stylish, minimal-yet-cozy interiors (as well as London recommendations, travel features, and lifestyle pieces). Her London home, which she shares with her French boyfriend, Olivier, is just as you’d expect: a haven of white and palest grey filled with natural light, with a clean, streamlined look that’s softened by a mix of vintage and modern pieces, literary prints, fresh flowers and plants, and inviting stacks of magazines and books.
Cate and Olivier’s apartment is located a stone’s throw from the historic squares of literary Bloomsbury and from the busy hub of King’s Cross station. It’s the best of both worlds, being so central and yet so very tranquil, several floors above a tree-lined street.
When Cate moved in eight years ago, the space was dark, dated, and in need of a total refresh. Over the years, she’s removed the wood-chip wallpaper on the walls and ceilings, painted the walls throughout in either white or French grey, fitted new wooden floors, and replaced the dated kitchen and bathroom.
The open plan living/dining room is now the hub of the home, with a cozy reading corner by the French doors that open onto a balcony; this is Cate’s favorite spot on a sunny morning, with the light streaming in. Next door, there’s a spacious master bedroom and an office which doubles as a guest bedroom; all three rooms are south-facing, so they are filled with light throughout the day. The kitchen and bathroom face onto an internal courtyard and are smaller, with less abundant light, but Cate’s maximized the feeling of space and light with lots of white fittings and well-planned storage.
Cate, who works as an architecture and design journalist by day, in addition to writing her blog, is also now offering interior design advice.