Frank's Dalston Apartment Renovation: The Reading Nook

Client: Frank Williams
Location: Dalston, East London
Dwelling: Apartment
The Space: Reading Nook
Size: 150 square feet
Budget: £4,000

Last week, we showed you graphic designer Frank's apartment in Dalston. We redesigned and updated his kitchen to give him a more Scandinavian look. If you need a little refresher of the kitchen click here.

This week, we will be showcasing the reading nook in Frank's kitchen. This was one of the key requirements in his design brief and we absolutely love the end result. Its prefect for a coffee and to read your favourite book or even get some serious work done, but in a comfortable setting.

TIP: pick out colours from your artwork/illustrations to accessorise your space

TIP: pick out colours from your artwork/illustrations to accessorise your space

The Brief:

  • An easy to maintain kitchen area
  • A mixture of concealed and exposed storage
  • Integrated Appliances
  • A reading nook
  • Somewhere to work from
  • A feature wall
  • Maximise the open space
  • Make the room brighter

The Process

  • Demolition of existing kitchen 
  • Removal of existing floor
  • Strip existing wallpaper
  • Hide existing exposed pipes
  • Entirely new heating/plumbing system
  • New electrics
  • Re plastering walls
  • Paint
  • Laying of new floor
  • New woodwork (doors, door frames and skirting)
  • New lighting
  • Installation of new kitchen

The Transformation

We decided to use a traditional high backed arm chair as the main setting for this reading nook. The light powder grey colour chair is a great neutral look. I prefer to keep larger items of furniture neutral as these are the items you will not change every season as that would be too expensive! You can easily change up your look by updating the accessories and soft furnishings such as artwork, cushions and throws. The mini gallery wall behind the chair gives this reading nook its own feature. These trendy chain frames are from decorum shop in Box Park and are great way to display cool art work and illustrations. 

TIP: Be adventurous with textures and colour shades when styling your space with soft furnishings.

TIP: Be adventurous with textures and colour shades when styling your space with soft furnishings.

TIP: Choose a side table lamp which is practical and gives off a good amount of light.

TIP: Choose a side table lamp which is practical and gives off a good amount of light.

TIP: Vary the textures of your soft furnishings but keep to the same tones.

TIP: Vary the textures of your soft furnishings but keep to the same tones.

This little reading nook went down a treat and Frank absolutely loves it. Its the perfect space for him to catch up on a bit of work from home and be comfortable yet still motivated! To see what we did with his Kitchen area check out this article.

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Photography: Sharad Patel