colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-1Today I’m crossing back across the pond and returning to my English roots to showcase this beautiful one-bedroom apartment in Central London. Based in Covent Garden and designed by the design practice, Kitesgrove, this restidential apartment is full of style mid-century design ideas for small space living. Click through after the jump to see the entire space!

This pied-à-terre was designed for a creative French couple who love mid-century design and furniture. Led by Creative Director, Sophie Elborne and Projects Director, Gregory Keane, the team sourced the art and antiques for the apartment with the couple allowing the space to nautrally evolve over time.colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-3Both Sophie and Gregory share a passion for Fine Art and an Anglo-French upbringing that drives a European aesthetic evident across all of their projects – a vibe that is clearly eveident in the open plan kitchen, dining and living space of this Covent Garden apartment. The vintage 50s French ‘Scoubidou’ dining chairs took five months to find by scouring antique dealers’ collections and rummaging through Parisian markets.
colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-4The aim for the apartment was to create a liveable space that reflective of their client’s lifestyle, all the while underpinned by refined craftsmanship. For the main living space antiques and bespoke furniture designs were combined with decorative objects sourced from around the world.
colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-5The homeowner’s thespian lifestyle demands regular travel so the apartment needed to represent a restful and inspiring sanctuary in which she could feel ‘at home’ when she was working in London. She had a particular affinity and discerning eye for authentic mid-century design, which is evident in the finished result thanks to the shelving and tapered legs of the coffee table.
colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-6To nail the exact green velvet the homeowner had in mind for the sofam, dozens of fabric samples were sent to New York where she was living at that time. I love the final result – the color really adds character and depth to the space.
colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-7The mid-century vibe continues in the home office nook; the vibrant combination of orange and blue adds hue to the scheme.
colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-8Can we please disucss this nightstand? LOVE! In fact, the bedroom space as a whole is one of my favorites from this apartment. That dreamy bathroom below is not far behind, though! Which rooms and elements are inspiring you from this retro apartment tour?
colorful-retro-one-bedroom-apartment-9 // Photography by Kitesgrove, used with permission.


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Beautiful home tour….would take the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. So the whole thing lol x

  2. Gorgeous home tour, thanks for sharing Will! Seriously cool coffee table and I raise you on the night stand and really need to discuss the lamp/table/plant stand combo. Seriously, why do they not make these anymore? Genius!
    I love your blog. It is so refreshing to see colour in interiors when so many mags are still having a monochromatic moment!

  3. I recently got a Luminosa rustica lamp, very similar to the lamp fixture over the dining area and I’m in love with this style! Definitely a few other ideas that I’d take advantage of : )

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  6. This apartment is amazing! The lamp fixture over the dinning table and the cofee table in the living area are a dream comes true. Every item in this place is design, retro and perfect!

  7. The living room with the deep green sofa and the plant there is just stunning! The yellow chair is also very refreshing. I absolutely love all the combos.

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.