Home to designer Jimmie Martin and photographer Rick Schultz, this 670-sq. ft. apartment in a Georgian building in Bayswater, London, is the creation of Jimmie’s interior design mind (and photographed by Rick). Believe it or not, this one-bedroom first-floor flat is a rental while they search for the right property to buy. That didn’t stop Jimmie from completely repainting the magnolia walls when they moved in. With a personal style that mixes many different influences, the current dark-gray walls are intended to create color explosions on the furniture, objects and art around the house. The mix-and-match aesthetic is part Ikea and Dwell accentuated with pieces bought on travels and at antique markets. This is what their home looks like today, but next month, Jimmie may decide to repaint and completely change the atmosphere and feel all over again in order to continue achieving those unexpected moments with things that normally shouldn’t go together. Thanks, Jimmie and Rick! — Anne
Image above: The “Black Imperfection” wallpaper is our own from Jimmie Martin. The giant floor lamp on our dining table as well as the “skeleton” chairs are from Dwell. The tabletop was an eBay find — an old stainless-steel kitchen worktop — and it’s supported by Ikea trestles (at £3,95 each).
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Image above: The sofa is Ikea. We tried to dye the beige faux suede dark grey, but it didn’t work, so we turned the cover inside out, which gave it a much more contemporary feel. The cushions are a mix of Jimmie Martin, Missoni and John Lewis. The glass table and two retro chairs with metal bases were auction finds. The chandelier is from Dwell. The picture frames are a mixture of both of our photographs, which Rick put together in different frames, along with black and white prints from Dan Hillier, a large photograph from Ross Watson and an old self-portrait of myself [Jimmie] in green and red.
Image above: The purple bust is a junk shop find that was painted purple. Around its neck is a Masai necklace given to Jimmie while in Kenya. The blue bulldog with wings was bought in Paris. The kitchen trolley is from Ikea.
Image above: In the gold frame is a picture of Jimmie and his mother when he was baptized. The bull skull was bought in Germany. The round metal balls were garden decoration that I think look better inside.
Image above: The white wire vase on the table is from Ikea. The “sausage dog” cushions are from Jimmie Martin. The old metal filing cabinet was an eBay find for £20. The white framed bug was bought in Paris, and the metal letter on top of the shelf is from Caravan in Shoreditch, London.