Even as a little kid, I was tickled by the color pink. Twenty-some-odd years later, I still find myself unable to resist “liking” an Instagram photo that features the bubbly hue. And the current trend of pairing pink with greenery — I have absolutely no resistance to that perfection. The second I saw the pink dining room in
Gabriella Palumbo’s Notting Hill, London flat, I was eager to share it with you guys. I couldn’t get this peek together fast enough!
Finding such a one-of-a-kind, three-floor gem was challenging for Gabriella and her partner, Matt. Expensive and with little inventory, London’s real estate market can feel like a nonstop search. The second the two stepped inside here, however, all the struggles were worth it. Built in the 1940s and renovated in 2010, the home has so much space and light, it was the clear winner. The flat’s unique layout didn’t go unnoticed either. The bedrooms are on the bottom floor, living and dining areas are in the middle and the kitchen is on the top mezzanine. The bones were there, but it’s Matt and Gabriella’s pointed design vision that makes this home sing. Creating a practical and comfortable space that could function both as a place for entertaining and everyday living was paramount throughout their design process. Gabriella works as an interior and art stylist, so she is always filling the home with new finds while maintaining an exciting simplicity that I adore. Click through to see the dazzling flat for yourself. Enjoy! —
Photography by Gabriella Palumbo
The Notting Hill abode's living area is Gabriella's favorite spot in her home. She adores "all of the artwork and the clean comfort of this room." It took her four months to gather and frame all of the individual pieces featured here. The vintage coffee table holds books that constantly inspire the work she does as a stylist and art consultant.
Fresh flowers are never far from the flat.
Grace Jones graces the wall behind the sofa's throw pillows from
The Conran Shop
The couple has all of their furniture facing one another, as opposed to a TV, in order to create a space just right for talking and entertaining.
The family's record player is accompanied by a vintage print of a bottle cap. It was picked up in a vintage shop in Wales and says "Pepsi" in arabic. Being from Egypt, Gabriella's husband Matt knew the two had to snag it. The blue chair is from
The white-on-white Marilyn Monroe piece by
naturally fits with the rest of the home's color story. The black chair is from The Conran Shop.
This shot, taken from the kitchen and overlooking the living room, truly captures the grandeur of the home's ceilings. The large rug was shipped to the couple all the way from Marrakech, and the room's overhead lighting is from
On the third-floor mezzanine is the couple's kitchen.
Sunlight skips around the family's pizza peel. The two love to use it as a serving tray at their frequent dinner parties.
The kitchen's vintage, wicker chairs give a nod to the living room's eclectic feel.
Gabriella is an art lover and infuses as much as possible into her home. Since her taste in interiors is always changing, it's her quick and easy way to switch up a room's look. This nook's art print is from
One Must Dash
, and the mirror is from IKEA. A West Elm bar cart provides much needed storage.
print sits above the staircase leading to the dining room.
The tropical vibe and pop of color in the dining room makes it stand out against the rest of the home's neutrals. The washed paint job and natural accessories, however, help tie it to the rest of the house. The table is from The Conran Shop, and the wishbone chairs are available
photo was Gabriella's main inspiration for the room. The pink and green combination brings her endless smiles when it's gloomy in London. The sideboard is vintage.
Gabriella painted these simple IKEA shelves the same color as the wall in order to give them a more custom feel. This tone-on-tone treatment adds even more modernity to the space. Introducing another color to her mix of photos and books would have resulted in a visually-cluttered vignette.
The home's natural light dances off of the glass railings and white walls differently depending on the time of day. That, paired with the double-height ceilings, were what sold the family on the flat.
Much of the home's natural light streams in from the skylight overhead. "The framed photos are from a calendar that belonged to my grandfather in the 80s. He loved the images so much, and the photographs became a family heirloom. Last year I decided to properly frame them. Of all of our artwork, these are by far my favorite," Gabriella says.
This stairwell's framed piece is actually a vinyl record featuring cover art by
. The homeowners "especially love the light and shadows that appear on sunny days in this little nook."
The staircase's boombox artwork is by
. Just around this corner is Gabriella and Matt's bedroom.
The serenity of the retreat is what the family loves most about their bedroom. Neutral colors and airy, IKEA curtains help achieve this vibe. The gridded artwork is made up of framed vinyl records. Traditional, velvet bedding cleverly contrasts this rock 'n roll installation. Bedside tables by West Elm, and lamps by
The only non-neutral color in the room is the blue carpet from Marrakech. Its hue acts as a visual anchor for the space, while its desaturation helps it blend into the rest of the room's tones. Bedding and pillows by The Conran Shop.
Matt and Gabriella spent 2 years in a long-distance relationship – Matt in London and Gabriella in Philadelphia – but eventually someone had to make a move. 7 years later, they couldn't be happier that they took the plunge and had Gabriella move overseas.
Gabriella stores all of her makeup in this West Elm desk/dressing table. There is way less closet space in London than in The States so clever storage solutions, including tabletop options like these acrylic boxes, are a must.
The family adores the unusual layout of their home with bedrooms on the first floor, living and dining on the second and kitchen on the third. It seems a little topsy-turvy, but they wouldn't have it any other way.