Interior designer Angela Bunt is the daughter of a florist and an athlete, sometime national competitive swimmer, cellist and ex-data analyst. She’s a Kiwi by birth, but lived in Italy before settling in a two bedroom apartment on the edge of leafy Tooting Common, London. Having lived here for 27 years, initially as a tenant, her home is a reflection of her strong and vibrant personality, bringing together her passion for art and colour, flowers and fragrance, in fact every decorative element.
A theme that runs through the apartment is using colour and paint to bring everything to life. Angela works at the painted and vintage furniture shop, Quirky Dovetail part time, and many pieces of furniture have been given a new lease of life with a bright colour. Mirrors are everywhere adding to the sense of light and space in areas that might otherwise feel quite dark and cramped.
“I simply place art on tables and mantlepieces so that I can easily move them around to change the look of things from time to time. This piece is one of my favourite artists Tipperley Hill. I have a number of their wonderful quirky animal prints too.”
Flowers are always in view. The bottles lined up along the kitchen window deliberately left to allow the water to cloud and algae to grow for their decorative effect. Something I haven’t seen done before and it looks great!
Angela successfully mixes beautiful high quality original art and designs with High Street to create her eclectic style. Some of the furniture, such as the freestanding storage in the kitchen has been picked up from the street, unwanted by its owner but carefully painted and installed.
The stunning stair runner makes an impact as soon as she opens the door. “I always encourage my clients to decorate the entrance of their home to reflect their personality and how they want their visitors to feel.” says Angela “It may not be a place that you spend a lot of time but your first impression will stay with you long after you have moved on into another room.” Angela’s runner is an amalgamation of three antique Peruvian rugs, reflecting her love of original pieces with heritage. The mirror is decorated with birds that look as though they have just flown in from the Common, directly opposite the front door.
The lounge, though not a huge space, is zoned – by the stunning amethyst sofa – into a relaxing area around the fireplace – and a more practical area, with a useful working desk tucked behind the door (which was reversed to open up the entrance to the room).
A masterclass in the art of display, the whole flat is characterised by a variety of gallery walls, adding interest wherever you look, it’s a real Aladdin’s Cave. Angela has a personal connection to much of the art and many of the paintings are by friends or family members. There’s a walking map of Barcelona which takes pride of place in the living room.
The living room walls are painted in Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White, a perfect backdrop for the artefacts, grouped to create impact. The plaque on the living room wall is from Petersham Nurseries, a great source of inspiration.
A collection of convex mirrors at the end of the hallway bounces light from another collection opposite, adding a unique, quirky detail in area that, again, left undecorated would just be an awkward corner.
It took Angela 25 years to find the mirror which sits over the fireplace in the guest bedroom! Choosing larger mirrors opens up the space, particularly when combined with the second free-standing mirror, chandeliers, table lamps and candles.
Colours are key, but contrary to what you might imagine, not everything here is original. The chest of drawers are from Ikea, painted in Annie Sloane with knobs from Anthropologie, just as the kitchen chairs are again Ikea painted in Annie Sloane.
Collections of artwork are even used to decorate the bathroom. Here against a citrus green background. Citrine by Little Greene Paint Company.
Even a pot of Basil is beautifully displayed. If you would like a ongoing source of inspiration you can follow Angela on instagram at @angelabuntcreative.
For more information about Angela Bunt, her services and workshops go to angelabuntcreative.com
Photography Credit: Kitchen chest of drawers by Nadia Mackenzie