Alright, it’s been long enough since my last update on The Flat List that I should probably go through it again and see what I can cross off and what still needs to be done. It feels like a lot has happened since June; I hope I’m right about that.
Here goes… Read more
When I moved in to my flat, it was a mess. It remained pretty messed up for quite some time while I got my act together and saved enough money to start renovating properly.
Recently I have been working on the living room; and when I say ‘I’, I mean it’s mainly been other people. One of them is a very good builder / plasterer / general useful person who among other things has been restoring the bay window. Read more
Possibly the most irresponsible yet joyful purchase I have ever made is a pair of 18th-century Gujurati columns which I found at The Old Cinema in Chiswick. It’s a fantastic place filled with beautiful things: for the Brightonians among you, it’s like a much better version of Snooper’s Paradise. Read more
I have a beautiful big bay window in my living room. I love it. It was one of the reasons I decided to take the flat.
It’s also disgusting. Read more
There is so much still to be done in my flat that I can’t even remember all of it, so I’m writing this post as a reminder to myself about all the things I need to do.
I’m about to take a week off to try to get some of it done (although by the time you read this it’ll already be the week after that) so hopefully this list will get a bit shorter. We’ll see. Read more
I lived in private rented accommodation for most of my twenties and it wasn’t always fun. If you get a good landlord, it’s great, but often they’re demanding or just downright horrible.
One of the main things I disliked was that you’re not allowed to put pictures up or paint the walls. This seems a bit draconian, even if I do sort of understand why it’s a rule. I get that you don’t want to have to redecorate every time a tenant moves out, but at the same time staring at magnolia walls that someone else painted gets old very quickly.
So I came up with a solution: Saris. Any long sheets of material will do, but I found saris are a particularly useful one, because they tend to be cheaper than buying metres upon metres of fabric, and they’re guaranteed to have pretty patterns sewn on. Plus, they’re not too heavy and if you use them as curtains you can still see a little bit of light filtering through, which is nice.
If you’re not allowed to nail things into the wall, use drawing pins on the ceiling instead. I can pretty much guarantee that, as long as you remove them when you move out, no one else will ever know they’re there. And most ceilings will take a drawing pin pretty well, as long as you push it hard enough. You can create a nice tent effect by tying the ends of the saris around the wire that hangs down for the light, which is usually in the middle of the room. Here are some pictures of my old apartment for inspiration: