Like any self-respecting photographer, London Native Lucie Eleanor Stone has a deep love for natural light. A food, lifestyle, and interiors photographer, she found her home in Enfield, North London and has spent the past several years meticulously renovating and redecorating until everything felt just right.
Lucie often works out of her home, so natural light was not only important for her happiness, but also for her photography business. This Victorian-style apartment boasts nearly floor-to-ceiling windows with antique details throughout the home (including a charming Juliette balcony with french doors!), so despite the lack of heat, pressurized hot water, and even missing flooring in some rooms, this apartment was the obvious choice. “I was very keen to buy within an old building, because of the original features such as large windows and high ceilings,” Lucie says. “I took my time, I wanted it to be just right. It took me just over a year to finish the remodeling but the results were exactly what I wanted.”
For her, slow and steady won the race—and upon entering this space, we couldn’t agree more! See the full tour below.
The Living Room
“The walls were an assortment of colors when I moved in: pink hallway, blue bedroom, vibrant green bathroom. The walls needed a few coats of white paint to cover it. Due to the high ceilings, this was very labour intensive. I spent all of my free time for weeks on a ladder trying to cover it all. It made a lot of difference though—having the fresh white walls made everything feel cleaner and bright.”
“I adore Scandinavian style, clean and minimal with wood and plants. I worked around the idea of a grey palette with not too many bold colors. I also love natural textures such as linen.”
One of the big challenges in this space were the aforementioned white walls: “they made the room look quite empty”, Lucie says. “Originally, I looked for a large art canvas to go on the wall behind the sofa, but couldn’t find anything I liked. I decided to have a collection of different shape frames with photographs or paintings I liked. The women in the feather headdress is by Irving Penn, who is my favorite photographer. Two of the photographs are images I took whilst I was studying photography in university. I developed them in a dark room and I keep them, because they remind me of that old traditional process. I seem to collect plants and I keep them in one corner because it has the best light.”
“My desk is the West Elm Mid-Century Mini Desk. I work from home a lot, so I wanted something that would fit my computer but not take up too much space, it is perfect for that.”
“I tend to collect little objects such as egg timers, marble shapes, bronze stars, etc. I often buy them for photoshoots and find they look nice being displayed around the apartment. Both the prints in frames are by Georgia O’Keefe.”
“My dining table is from Habitat and the black bentwood chairs were thrifted from a restaurant that was closing down. I bought the french poster from a Vineyard whilst traveling in France years ago. My shelf has an assortment of items I find pretty such as chopping boards I collect, bowls and plates I either made myself or bought whilst traveling.”
“I think this is probably my favorite room” Lucie says. “I wanted one statement wall. The color is Dulux Warm Pewter, Matt Finish. The print on the wall is by Georgia O’Keefe, called ‘My Last Door.’ The Lucas Wire Chair is probably my favorite piece of furniture I own. It used to be in the living room but I recently moved it to the bedroom. I enjoying sitting in there and reading a book. ”
“The wood decorative screen was hand painted and something I bought myself when I first moved into my own apartment in London many years ago. I chose white curtains made from linen, because I like my bedroom to be bright in the morning.”
“The cabinets were custom-painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Drawing Room Blue’ with copper handles. I knew I wanted blue cabinets but finding them ended up being a little difficult. My kitchen was the room that took the longest for me to decide exactly how I wanted it.”
“The pots where I store the wooden cleaning utensils are handmade by a London potter named Jess Jos. I keep all of my dried food in jars because it looks nicer and I am avoiding buying any disposable plastic items for the environment. The kitchen is quite small but ideal for just me, I cook a lot so I spend a lot of time in this room.”
Photography by Lucie Eleanor.