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A London Flat Filled with Light

by Garrett Fleming

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! —Garrett

Photography by Gabriella Palumbo

A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
Fresh flowers are never far from the flat.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
Grace Jones graces the wall behind the sofa's throw pillows from The Conran Shop.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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 Flexform.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
The white-on-white Marilyn Monroe piece by Russell Young naturally fits with the rest of the home's color story. The black chair is from The Conran Shop.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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 All Square.
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On the third-floor mezzanine is the couple's kitchen.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
Sunlight skips around the family's pizza peel. The two love to use it as a serving tray at their frequent dinner parties.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
The kitchen's vintage, wicker chairs give a nod to the living room's eclectic feel.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
This Harland Miller print sits above the staircase leading to the dining room.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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 here.
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The Gray Malin 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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.
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This stairwell's framed piece is actually a vinyl record featuring cover art by Martin Creed. The homeowners "especially love the light and shadows that appear on sunny days in this little nook."
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The staircase's boombox artwork is by Lyle Owerko. Just around this corner is Gabriella and Matt's bedroom.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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 Zara Home.
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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.
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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.
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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.
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
A London Flat Filled with Light, Design*Sponge
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.

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  • I have been to Gabriella’s home and not only is it stunning but also very welcoming and comfortable.


  • Have you ever been to Villa La Roche in Paris? That is what those pink walls specifically with the bare bulb light fixtures remind me of. I love it! It must have been a real challenge pulling all those broken up spaces together. Good job.

  • Inviting home with truly wonderful light. What a find in London, and in Notting Hill! (Tiny note: The seats of the kitchen chairs are woven rush, not wicker.)

  • That black cabinet the record player is sitting on! I need to know more! It reminds me of the studded belts I used to wear to punk shows when I was younger!

  • The pink is glorious, and so is all the light.

    I can’t fathom how much this flat would have cost (too much for most!), but I’m glad it has such loving owners.

  • This has definitely confirmed my intention of splashing some pink paint around. Love the Conran cushions on the sofa and the blue swivel chair. I have a couple of very similar, maybe even identical chairs in tan leather and they are THE most comfortable chairs EVER!

  • I love this home tour and I’m LOVING her blog, so thank you for the intro! I’ve bookmarked all of Gabriella’s videos to watch this weekend :)

  • I NEED to know where that headboard is from!! It’s perfection. I’ve been searching high and low for one and haven’t found anything I love. Until now! Anybody??

  • I wonder if Gabriella’s favorite spot has anything to do with the plants that are there? There’s a growing body of research that shows people are happiest and most creative when there are living plants around them. And this certainly looks like a home lived in by some happy and creative people.

  • I keep returning to this one. I love Gabriella’s aesthetic. It must not be too far from my own. I have throw cushions with a tribal feel, the same flexform chairs albeit in leather, wishbone chairs and I now have a pink home study! I have favourited (is that a word?) a similar photographic print from Gray Malin, not because it looks the same but because it is our local beach – Coogee, Australia – to go on my pink wall of course!

  • Wow! This is amazing! I love the simplicity and beauty that is wrapped up in this flat! I’m an interior designer as well and I love to have inspiration like this on my blog!!!

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