Tucked into a circa-1880 Victorian terrace flat in Hackney, London you’ll find the home of Ms. Pink, a self-proclaimed professional color and pattern clasher. She deeply believes that “if you like colors together, they go together — regardless of color ‘rules’.” This school of thought has greatly informed the narrative of her ever-evolving and ever-brightening flat, a color saturated feast for the eyes that has only become more effervescent over the past 16 years.
Ms. Pink shares the color-pop wonderland with her partner, her two sons aged 10 and 16 (her oldest son, 21, is away at university), and her three cats, Caspar, Tommy and Coco. In 2011, she and her partner founded Quirk & Rescue, a design studio that specializes in the same signature style found throughout their flat: bold colors blended with flat graphics. Before the 1,350-square-foot flat began its color journey, Ms. Pink began her own in London. “I’ve lived in London since I was 18,” she begins. “I’m originally from a small village called Roslin which is about eight miles from Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. No one had ever heard of Roslin but it is firmly on the map and tourist trail as it features in Dan Brown’s book, The Da Vinci Code! I moved to London in 1985 as it was a very exciting city for a young punk. I loved going to the famous King’s Road and going to see many live gigs.”
While Ms. Pink’s 3-story, 2-bedroom home is packed with bright hues and eye-catching design moments at every turn, the placement of each color and pattern is not random, but precisely calculated. Though she never sets out with a decorating plan when it comes to her own home, Ms. Pink is the first to admit that she’s a perfectionist — albeit, an impatient one. This struggle of traits within herself often results in projects that have to be done and then redone so they’re just right, like the striped floor in the living room and the meticulously organized stairwell of vibrant vintage trays.
“I’ve been a huge color lover from a young age. None of the boys have seen my natural hair color — I’ve been every color in the last 35, years and have stuck with pink for the last 10,” she tells us. “I think it’s fair to say I have an addiction to bright color and pattern, everything about the trays [in the stairwell], which are mostly from the 50s, 60s and 70s represents this. In the last few years I’ve introduced neon colors into the house which fill me with joy as they are so pure and bright!” Scroll down to take a spin through this truly unforgettable and utterly unique home. —Kelli
Image above: “This is the view when you walk in the living room door,” Ms. Pink says. “This is such a happy room with all the color and greenery. The striped living room floor took four days. The boys were on holiday so I just had to keep the cats outside whilst it was drying.”
Vintage mirrors and all glass — eBay and Etsy
Pink diamond wallpaper — Quirk & Rescue
Punk table and green fabric on sofa — Quirk & Rescue
Pink lampshades — Kartell, purchased on eBay
Jugs either side of fireplace — Habitat (They’ve been sprayed white and will soon have some stripes on them)
Camera prints on yellow background — Steven Wilson Studio
Large pink and orange print — Nigel Waymouth
Plant pots — painted by Ms. Pink
Leopard print cushions — made by Ms. Pink
Neon details painted using Rustoleum neon paint
Art is Try print (Artistry) — Quirk & Rescue