How do you turn a blank canvas of a home into a house full of personality? – by adding sixties design, a mix of vintage and Moroccan and South African textiles throughout, is how.
Welcome to Mel’s mid-century modern townhouse.
With the kitchen on the ground floor, and the bedrooms and living space up above, Mel’s home is both family friendly and strikingly sixties in feel.
Mel moved to Welwyn village in 2013 after renting in Shoreditch, before making the move to the suburbs and settling on a beautiful 1950’s townhouse which she lives in with her husband Richard, son Oliver and step children Grace and Freddie.
Mel said she was drawn to the wooden floor boards throughout which she’s since sanded and polished. Luckily there wasn’t any structural work to undertake and the house was a blank canvas to add to.
She’s unintentionally designed her home with a cocktail of colour pops throughout using lime green vases, faux flowers and plenty of cacti all set against white or pale grey walls to keep things fun.
With a 20 year career in fashion buying, it’s also no surprise to see the huge stacks of vogues and an Alexander McQueen exhibition poster propped in the lounge to pay homage to her other love- fashion.
The masquerade feather mask on the lounge mirror is a little keep sake from their wedding and the cowhide rug was purchased on a family holiday to Cape Town from Crowe design. (Crowe design only uses animal by-products and donates £1 from every sale to the lunch-box fund which provides a daily meal to orphaned and at risk school children in townships and rural areas in South Africa).
The painted chalk board wall in the kitchen is the perfect family gathering space for the children to write equations and have spelling lessons, the Moroccan patterned cushions keep things relaxed and casual. (It’s like a little corner of Marrakech)
My favourite item is the House Of Hackney pineapple lamp sitting proudly on the West Elm bedside table. I do love all things pineapple related and this little accent of brass keeps things playful adding a bit of Hollywood with the palm printed lampshade.
Mel’s mid-century modern town house is a refreshing blend of different interior influences and considering fashion moves at such a fast pace, it’s refreshing to see how Mel’s interior style has stuck and evolved with her love of travel, creating a friendly yet chic environment for her family.
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