The key to surviving this week without losing my mind was indulging in some joyful distractions, like playing with my dog, walking with friends—and perusing the Tat.London Instagram account, which traffics in interiors of the mostly-British, traditional-with-a-twist sort. If you’re into patina, pattern, color, sink skirts, and disheveled bookshelves (as I have been of late), the feed is a balm.
Recently, I spotted a post on the particularly serene home of Georgie Stogdon, the founder of newish online antiques and vintage store Curios Shop. She lives in a tiny one-bedroom flat (just 470 square feet) in Kentish Town, London, that she bought a few years ago. Back then, the apartment was decidedly not to her taste. “The previous owners had painted the majority in red gloss with a high pile red shaggy carpet. It was quite something!” Georgie tells us. And the kitchen? “It hadn’t been touched since the ’70s and was crumbling.”
But she had fallen in love with the apartment’s tall and wide shuttered windows, the wood floors, the high ceilings, the marble fireplace, and the original cornicing—in short, all the period details unique to an old home. Georgie immediately instituted a more calming palette, and slowly and deliberately, she began to fill it with antiques and vintage finds to match the charm of the bygone architecture.
“I just love the fact that they have a story, that they have been cherished by others before me, and that so much craftsmanship has gone into the making of them,” Georgie says of her home’s many lovely secondhand items, sourced from eBay, auction houses, flea markets, and charity shops. “I think it’s incredible to think that they’ve crossed seas, exchanged so many hands, and been privy to countless conversations.”
The only brand-new pieces in her home? The sofa, her bed—and the kitchen, which she finally overhauled this year. “During lockdown, it became almost unbearable so it was the first thing to get done as soon as it was humanly and legally possible!” Turns out, even the remodeled kitchen isn’t entirely new, though.
Let’s take a tour, shall we?
Photography by Georgie Stogdon, courtesy of Curios Shop.