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So I’ve officially been in LLG Towers – okay, it’s actually more like a Hobbit hole, since it’s a proper old school servant’s entrance basement flat in a Georgian terrace, sorry, GARDEN flat, since the 6th Feb. But because I buggered off to New York for a week 48hrs later and then spent the week after that at London Fashion Week, I’ve barely had a chance to settle in properly.

When I looked around the flat back in November, and agreed to take it after a scant 5min recce, there was a family of four in residence in its two rooms, camping out whilst their house down the road was being renovated. The good thing was that without the family & their chattels there, I discovered that the flat was way bigger as I remembered. (Think twice the square footage of a West Village two bed apartment in just two rooms.) The bad was that there was no furniture, bar a fridge & oven, bed & an Ikea wardrobe, – not a problem in a teeny Hobbit hole, but rather more noticeable in quite a large one.

Unfortunately, when I sold my London flat back in August, I gave away most of my furniture & household stuff on FreeCycle, and all I have left are an art deco walnut bookshelf, a Herman Miller desk chair, a 1950s walnut cocktail cabinet and the mid-century walnut desk (hmm, do I sense a theme here?) I splashed out on last month. I bought a microwave and kettle from Argos down the road to get me through London Fashion Week, and a small freezer on eBay, but oh goodness the list goes on…mainly becauseĀ  I am hideously messy and I need a place for everything otherwise I live in squalor.

So, that means, since I am not a millionaire, I am now spending rather too much of my life between monitoring auctions on eBay and hopping it to Cricklewood Ikea. It doesn’t help that I have absolutely zero patience and want it all perfect RIGHT NOW. Unfortunately, the need to earn the money to pay for my decorating delusions of grandeur comes first, and I am resigning myself to the fact that two-seater sofas for my bedroom are a luxury not a necessity. (But aren’t these two I found on eBay perfect for a bedroom?)

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Are you aware that there’s a home furnishings version of TKMAXX at Staples Corner? They have bi-yearly drops of amazing vintage furniture and an indredibly weel-stocked kitchen wear section too. My mum introduced me to it a few weeks ago and I’m obsessed even though I don’t have my own place to furnish yet…

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Oh LLG – I completely get it. I just (well, four weeks ago) moved into a new apartment, and have spent the last few weeks scrounging around eBay, Fantastic Furniture, IKEA and friends’ apartments for the bits and pieces required to create a home out of my new room. (I have two housemates, who have furnished the rest of the apartment to a serviceable standard.)

It’s taken me a couple of weeks to feel comfortable – but I am definitely settled in now. It won’t take too long, trust me.

All the best,
Poppy xox

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Thank you – I def need reassuring right about now! LLGxx

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Hello LLG,
I hope you will be very happy in your new home. However(as a neat freak) I am seriously concerned about your lack of cupboard space – have you bought or rented? If the former, then you should seriously (as unfortunately requires serious money) get some cupboards purpose-built, you will never regret it.
Best wishes, Rebecca.
PS. I have the number of an excellent chap who fitted out my lovely step-daughter’s flat.
PPS Not sure about those sofas.

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Rented, so not an option. But thank you.

And isn’t it a good thing we all have different taste?! LLGxx

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We had similar illusions of grandeur when we moved into our London flat. Now the white bedroom sofa is in storage as we couldn’t get it past a very narrow hallway.

Good luck!

Helena xx

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I can’t get anything down my staircase, but fortunately the upstairs neighbours have a wide hallway and we are taking things through the garden! LLGxx

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First one yum. 2nd one yuk. Jx

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And in an unrelated post, you looked fab for a poorly girl in the BBC footage BTW Jx

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Bless the BBC makeup artists and her half inch of camera friendly foundation LLGxx

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I love both of these sofas – especially the first one, which is exactly what I’m looking for.

Never having used E-bay (I know!), can I ask how you came across it? I searched under two seater-sofa’s and tried to refine my search down as much as possible but kept coming up with pages of DFS type stuff – is there a knack or is it a case of just keep on looking?

Thanks x

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Well, lil’sis is an eBay ninja! And that certainly helps. I think I just searched for colours to find these. I knew I wanted a silver velvet sofa…You need to narrow down yr searches. You can also use the – in front of a word to exclude it: so -dfs for example. LLGxx

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Brilliant – thank you!

Didn’t know about the – sign. Would have been highly tempted if I were you to have bought at least one and eaten baked beans for a month or two.

Off topic, poor you re gmail – bet it gets more frustrating by the day. Fingers crossed they resolve it positively. xx

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If I wasn’t furnishing the entire flat, I’d be so there! LLGxx

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People seem to be in two minds about the second sofa but I really like it. What colour are you doing the rest of the bedroom? x

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It’s white – and will prob stay that way as it’s a rental. Altho I wld prob go for a very faint gray if it were up to me LLGxx

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I’m in the exact same, in a new flat and now that I’m no longer in a flatshare I get to decorate how I please, and I want it done now! I find myself distracted at work planning the perfect layout in what is a small flat. Trying to find the perfect mirror for over the mantel. On a side note I pinned the single seater version of the chair above in hopes of getting it one day soon šŸ™‚ http://pinterest.com/yhzgirl/livingroom/

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As I’ve mentioned here previously, my flat flooded a week before my new house settlement happened, which needed renovations, so I was homeless for a month. Then the renovations started going wrong.

One headache after another. 4 weeks in and there’ still unpacked boxes galore, as I can’t find furniture I like. I have it in my head, but none of the stores have it.

Woe is me.

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Oh poor you: that’s a complete nightmare. And I totally get the knowing what you want but can’t find it. Wah. LLGxx

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