In this month’s about your house feature, we’ll be meeting Interior blogger Lizzie Ravn, who’s telling us all about her home in south west London. Her fantastic blog Emmerson & Fifteenth is packed full of interior inspiration and beautiful images so be sure to check it out.
About your house: Lizzie Ravn
What is your blog about?
Interior design & pretty things. My house, other inspirational spaces, a little bit of DIY and plenty of online window shopping.
What type of home do you have?
A 1200-sq-ft (c.110 sq m), three-bed, three-story rented terrace in South West London
Who lives there and how long have you lived there?
Me, my hubby, two kids and Ted, our corgi. We moved here about 18 months ago.
Describe your interior style in 5 words.
Industrial, mid-century & global – all in moderation. That’s a bit more than five words…oops.
What’s your favourite room in the house and why?
Probably our bedroom/my office – it’s right at the top of the house so it gets great light. It’s calm and neutral and chill, and I spend a lot of time up there.
Is there anything unusual about your home?
Not a thing! Ha – it’s pretty much a generic modern terrace. It’s been a challenge trying to put our stamp on it, especially because it’s a rental, but we’re getting there.
What’s your favourite home gadget?
I’m not much of a gadget person. We have a neato (robotic vacuum) to combat all the dog hair but I have a love/hate relationship with it – we argue a lot, especially if it gets too friendly with my Beni Ourain.
What’s your best tip for decorating your home on a budget?
eBay is your friend! If I’m not on a time crunch, I stalk eBay for pretty much everything. I think my best finds so far have been two mid-century pieces. I found a console that we use as a TV stand in our living room for £200, then saw the exact same one at a local antiques store for £800. And I paid £180 for a tallboy which I saw again in the same antiques shop for £450. Anything you can buy from a high-street retail will usually show up on eBay if you wait long enough for a whole lot less.
Where do you like to shop for home decor?
Well eBay, obviously, and we also have some awesome local charity shops. West Elm, LaRedoute, Maisons du Monde, Ikea and Anthropologie are probably my fave big retailers, and Etsy and Trouva are great for more unique pieces. And my Grandma’s house!
What’s the last item you bought for your house?
Removable wallpaper for my daughter’s bedroom. I’ve never used wallpaper before – I was put off because we rent – but we have no plans to move any time soon so I decided to just go for it, and it made a huge difference. I love it.
What is your next project in the home?
Our living room needs a refresh, for sure. I tend to get that room to 80% finished, then steal things for other spaces or rearrange all the furniture and put it back to square one. It houses my husband’s workspace too, which is less than ideal. I feel like I’m constantly apologising for it when we have people over – “Please don’t judge my design capabilities by this room and that beastly Ikea desk!” It definitely needs some love!
Where do you get inspiration for home decor?
I read a lot of blogs (over a hundred), and spend probably too much time on Instagram. I read a few interiors magazines too – Living Etc is a fave.
If you had a spare room in your house, that you could do absolutely anything with, what would you do with it?
A dedicated office/guest room combo would be amazing! I’d love to get my hubby’s desk out of the living room and have somewhere for guests to sleep without rearranging the children.
Well I don’t know about you, but I’m completely smitten with Lizzie’s beautiful home (and Ted the corgi if I’m honest). You can see more from Lizzie Ravn in the following places: