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Artistic touches make my home unique

Katja Behre’s inspiring mix of vintage finds, original art and family heirlooms shows her creative flair for decorative design

Before she had even set foot in her South London home, Katja Behre was feeling positive. After several months of house-hunting without success, the estate agent’s photos of a Victorian maisonette really caught her eye. ‘Even though it was in an area I’d not properly considered, the rooms looked so bright and spacious in the pictures,’ she recalls. ‘When I came here, I realised the location was great too, which was a nice surprise.’

Inside, Katja found a large, threebedroom maisonette, laid out over three levels. Although the interior was bland and the kitchen and bathroom were quite basic, the flat was freshly decorated and ready to live in. ‘The natural light was fantastic and it felt like home straight away,’ says Katja. ‘Even so, there was a lot that wasn’t really to my taste and I definitely wanted to make some changes.’

The lightfilled living room, with its period fireplace, alcove shelving and wooden flooring, was a big draw for Katja. Most of the furniture has been with her for many years, including pieces inherited from her family

German-born Katja runs her own wallpaper and surface pattern design label, Elli Popp, so she is used to working creatively with colour and texture. Although she had no plans to alter the structure or layout of her home, she has completely transformed the interior with her very distinctive style. ‘I like to do my own thing rather than follow trends too closely,’ she explains. ‘I’ve loved the shabby look and anything that’s not too perfect since I was young, and I’ve collected vintage fabrics and old furniture for nearly 20 years.’

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