London flat interior design
This is my kitchen and dining room in London. Finally, six months after moving in, it looks how I always wanted it. Which is a Very Good Thing, because I am hosting the wonderful people at Gü Puds, their chef Fred Ponnavoy and eight guests for a five course chocolate-themed dinner in that very kitchen & dining room next week.

But I wouldn’t be anywhere near this point if it wasn’t for the organisational genius, clear mind, aesthetic sensibility and systematic approach of Vicky Silverthorn, whose decluttering & organising company You Need a Vicky, whisked into my home in the week after I moved in, turning this

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into this:

London flat interior design

A living space in which I could actually operate. Quite simply, if You Need a Vicky hadn’t got in touch with me on Twitter to suggest helping me unpack and settle in, I’d still be living out of boxes six months later… and it wasn’t just straight unpacking: it was efficient, sensible, intelligent unpacking that meant I could just step back into my life as if I had never moved house.

I love her.

(And it’s not just me: Lily Allen does too, Vicky used to be her PA Extraordinaire.)

And now that my landlady has finally removed all her bits & pieces, my apartment now looks like the space Vicky envisaged for me.  Vicky’s genius isn’t just organisation, it’s her air of unflappable calm.  I was unable to unpack into my new home before leaving on a trip because my moving company (SimplyRemovals – simply don’t in my case) were nearly five hours late  (& didn’t tell me) starting, but she looked at the horror I was left with (photos here) and just got stuck in. She truly is a miracle worker.

 

London flat interior design
I am going to run a series of posts showing how I’ve arranged & decorated each room, but I thought I would start with the kitchen, as for me that’s the most important room in my home. Vicky had all sorts of clever ideas, but I am most grateful for her clever suggestion with the vintage metal kitchen trolley I had bought for my old flat on eBay.

I’m quite good at picking furniture, finding clever bargains and hunting down lovely stuff for my home, but I have no ability at all in designing a room, or seeing how things fit together. Fortunately, that’s another of Vicky’s many skillz.

I was going to get rid of the trolley, as I couldn’t see where it would go in this new kitchen. But when I came back to the flat after leaving Vicky in charge of the unpacking and sorting of my what seemed like hundreds of boxes and bags for a few days, she pointed out that my crockery wouldn’t fit in the narrow kitchen cupboards, & that she was going to pile it all up on the trolley, with my Magimix and stockpots below, to make it a feature of the kitchen.

London flat interior design

Because I have matching sets of everything, she was right: it all looks great. And most importantly, it’s perfect for someone who cooks as much as I do to have all my most used crockery right at hand, instead of having to fish about in cupboards.

And what you can’t see was her other clever suggestion.  I’m sure I’m not the only person who has amassed boxes of cupcake wrappers, icing tools, pastry cutters & goodness-knows-what and so Vicky scooped it all my cake decorating & baking supplies into one of the many rectangular wicker baskets I had kicking about, and slid it neatly under the trolley, thereby freeing up more drawer space.

Thank you Vicky for the help – words really can’t express my gratitude!

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19 comments

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It looks fabulous! I need a Vicky in this enormous house with the worlds smallest kitchen! My cookery wouldn’t fit in the outdated cabinets either, but luckily I have a dining room with a buffet. Still I’d love that kind of organizational skill. I quite frankly suck at it when it comes to a tiny cramped kitchen! Too bad I’m in NY ):
XXX
Suzanne

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@Suzanne aka Punk Glam Queen: I think that for me is one of her greatest assets: being able to see how a room should work. Mind you your house does sound pretty amazing! LLGxx

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Ah. Finally, The Wife!!!

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The kitchen’s looking fabulous – i’m a sucker for a vintage shelf and the idea to stack the plates on the trolley really works.

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@KSalty: I know! I can’t believe I didn’t think of that myself. (I used to keep my microwave on it in Tim’s place). And I love how it looks decorative as well as V useful.) LLGxx

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Uh-oh…I commented and my cmotuper oopsed before I hit “publish comment,” so I’m back to try again. Yes, I am following Vicky, and I sent a facebook friend request. 🙂

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I need a Vicky! Could she write a doctoral dissertation for me?

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@annemarie: ooh and maybe file some copy for me too?! LLGxx

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Ha, ha! Just read Janie’s comment. How very true 😉
Emma x

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I interviewed Vicky recently by email for a feature I was writing on de-cluttering (she was lovely). I now actually dream about her coming to my house. Sad, but true…

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I need a Vicky! In fact, I think I’ve always wanted to be a Vicky!

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Vicky needs to clone herself. Wonder if she would come to South London? I love the trolley. I really love that industrial look, but not too much of it; think it needs to be tempered with some wood. I have a desire for one of those old stainless steel sinks, the kind you find in a church hall or kitchen, with a huge deep bowl and draining board. It would perfect for hiding away washing up as well as dealing with oven shelves and large pots. I can’t understand why people put teeny sinks in their kitchen when they have space for something bigger.

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Oh I love these interior posts. They have inspired me to set aside a few weekends to spring clean and sort out my flat!

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