Ooh la la!
Designer Camille Walala is no shrinking violet and in her gloriously colourful maisonette in Haggerston, east London, her bright clothes and jewellery all go with the rented flat’s décor, which she did herself on a tiny budget.
After viewing the maisonette for only five minutes, she decided to take it and moved in last October. She invited a friend over for a week and the pair went shopping — to Ikea, Habitat and local shops, to Columbia Road for plants, to a pound shop for bargain mugs and online.
Meanwhile, Walala got busy cutting vinyl stripes (a material like sticky back plastic) that she used to brighten the walls and the Ikea shelves that she and her friend put up.
On your marks
Clever ideas run riot. Bright stripes and colours found their way on to plant-holders and the decking outside, while a wide black marker pen transformed walls and cardboard files into sizzling art.
The long rail of brilliant coloured clothes, behind a curtain of fabric she designed herself, looks like an art installation.
The place looks fantastic, but stripping, painting and furnishing the whole lot, including kitchen items, bed linen and carpets, plus a couple of more expensive items, cost less than £5,000.
"I love colour," says Walala, with infectious enthusiasm. “Don’t tell yourself that you are only renting. Get your landlord’s permission, then spend a few hundred pounds making it look great — because you’re going to live there, so it’s worth it.”