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Before & After: An English Rental Brings the Drama

by Garrett Fleming

Before & After: An English Rental Brings the Drama, Design*Sponge

For years, traditional hotels have used their grand interior designs to woo visitors and get press. Now that Airbnb and HomeAway have proven they have sticking power, those who use the sites to rent out their personal properties are doing the same. Some are even hiring professional decorators to make sure their space will stand out. Such is the case with Yemi Lawal, property developer and founder of Fresh Kidz Lets.

Blogger and decorator Sarah Akwisombe, whose Art Deco home we featured earlier this spring, worked on one of the latest Fresh Kidz Lets home flips. Not much to look at initially, the Essex, England flat Sarah designed now boasts her bold signature look thanks to some brazen choices. To help it stand out, she focused on decorating with show-stopping accessories like velvet sofas, patterned floors and that omnipresent shade of millennial pink.

While she’s proud of the final look, Sarah says the process itself was actually more rewarding than the outcome. As her first full-home redesign, the flat taught her the importance of sourcing well-made products, how to put herself in a client’s shoes, and (most importantly) just how much she loves decorating. Scroll down to see the before and after. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Megan Taylor

Image above: Sarah looked to hotels of the 1970s for style inspiration. She describes the flat’s look as “sexy, retro (and) cheeky.”

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Property developer Yemi Lawal poses in the flat.
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The bedroom before and after.

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While decorating the bedroom, Sarah had to keep in mind the abundant wear and tear the Airbnb’s furnishings would have to endure. To guarantee things would always look fresh, she opted for simple white linens and easy-to-clean flooring.

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The richness of the bedroom stands in bold contrast to the rest of the flat’s cotton candy pink walls.

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The vinyl flooring here in the living room and kitchen did wonders for helping Sarah come in under budget.

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A look at the transformation of the flat’s entrance.

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This was the first time Sarah decorated an apartment from scratch and admits she had to overcome a bit of a learning curve.

It’s easy to get caught up in the fun bits like sofas and cushions, but [I soon learned] the finer details are really what make the design shine.

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Sarah’s design task was simple: make the space so pretty, people wouldn’t be able to resist Instagramming it. It’s hard to imagine anything more Insta-friendly than the neon signs, millennial pink paint and…

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… vintage artwork she’s installed.

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Thankfully, there’s no shortage of cabinet space in the rental. All gadgets can be stored out of sight so as not to distract from the pretty marble backsplash.

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The vinyl flooring continues into the remodeled bathroom, tying it into the the living area and bedroom.

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One design lesson the flat taught Sarah was the importance of picking the right grout color. White grout – as opposed to the dark grey option we see here – would have dampened the impact of the interesting tile layout.

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The flat’s floor plan.

SOURCE LIST

Overall
Paint – Dulux “Pink Nevada 4”
Lighting – Clas Ohlson
Custom neon signs – Bag & Bones
Tile – British Ceramic Tile

Bedroom
Side tables – Habitat
Ceiling light – vintage

Living Room
Sofa – Willow & Hall Atworth Sofa
Flooring – SQm

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