It’s not for everyone,” says Susie Lau, curled up on her living room sofa. She nods towards the cheerful kaleidoscope of knickknacks crammed on to a nearby shelf, and to her double-stacked, colour co-ordinated bookcase. “Some people would find this a nightmare, because it’s such an onslaught on the eyes.”
We’re sipping tea out of geometric metal mugs in her compact two-bedroom house, built on the site of a former teddy bear factory in Seven Sisters, north London. Susie, who runs Style Bubble, one of the world’s best-known fashion blogs, has lived here with her boyfriend Steve for the past two years
Maybe I do have a similar approach to ordering stuff as I would putting together an outfit,” says Susie. “Some people say my house looks like a store display. But I travel so much for work that when I’m back in London, home is a sanctuary. I like pottering around. I move my laptop from space to space, and I arrange my stuff in a way that’s visually stimulating.”
After seven years of renting a small flat together, where they had “clothes falling on top of us, quite literally”, Susie and Steve spent two years looking for their own place. When they finally moved in, they relished the opportunity to make changes, and settled on a compromise between Steve’s more minimalist, white-walled style, and Susie’s trademark love of colour and self-expression.
Other finds include a vintage dedicated shoe cabinet on the landing, from German eBay, and a red Tom Dixon coat tree picked up in the sample sale. Items collected by Susie on her travels include pastel-coloured Moroccan rag rugs, embroidered fabric found at a market in Mexico, and sweet red wine-scented perfume sticks made in Florence, but found in a shop in Japan.
“This was originally a bedroom, but it’s tiny. It might have been a baby’s room,” says Susie, rifling through the textured rows and picking out a cherry blossom Simone Rocha skirt. “I’ve been thinking: ‘Hmm, where are we going to put that when that comes?’ Maybe we could fit a cot among the clothes.”
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