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Of the rooms in our flat, I think I’m most fond of the bathroom. While our flat is lovely, previous paint and wallpaper decision have put a definite design stamp on the kitchen and bedroom that my partner and I have little to no control over. The bathroom, painted white with white subway tiles and white fixtures, had an old purple shower curtain and abstract IKEA art prints. Easy enough to put our own stamp on it.

I very quickly put up an understated, striped shower curtain and changed out the glass and metal set of open shelves for a white particle board cupboard. I later picked up a nice soap dish and some glass jars for cotton balls and q-tips (classy like), a bin and a toilet paper holder. Previously, the toilet paper was placed on the handle of the toilet brush. Not exactly sanitary. But the IKEA art stayed on the walls, taunting us.

I don’t know about other people, but art seems to be the hardest part about putting a new flat together. I have a fair amount of pieces back home in Virginia but every time I think about shipping the art over . . . the mind boggles with shipping companies and costs that make your eyes bug out of your head. So we’ve a Turner print . . . that’s yet to be framed and other prints from our travels and the ever-amazing Etsy, framed in the ubiquitous black IKEA frames.

We finally chose three prints from local south London artist and author of the blog Birds in Hats, Alice Tams. Clean lines with a touch of whimsy is obviously a major trend everywhere right now–it keeps the room pretty timeless, and art can obviously be changed as tastes change. In this instance, the stark black frames suit the birds perfectly and the prints add the final touch to the room. The room is an indication of our shared design sense–what our home might look like once we have a fully blank slate.



This flat is the first flat that I’ve felt I could treat as my actual home, rather than a temporary space intended for students or ‘young people’. I feel like I can buy nice things after years of holding back out of fear of things being destroyed accidentally. It’s nice to feel like your home has a sense of permanence, even if it will definitely change buildings at some point.



Two weeks ago I went to the Tate Britain to see their exhibit ‘Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde.” And while I appreciate most kinds of art, the Pre-Raphaelites are the only paintings that I just adore so I was keen to go see what the Tate had on display.

The exhibit’s whole point was that the Pre-Raphaelites broke away from the conventional art of their period.  The rooms were broken up into different discussion points: religion, nature, narrative, etc. The curator’s did an excellent job of revealing all the interesting points that the viewer may not have known: that the other artists posed for each others paintings, the intricacies of the relationships between the younger students of the movement and their teachers as well as the women that surround them.

I wish there were pictures to go along with this post . . . but I never know if I’m allowed to take photos and even if I am I always feel bad or silly. The Tate Britain website has some of the paintings posted on-line, as well as some supplementary material about the Pre-Raphaelites and putting together the exhibit.