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I love interiors with a story to tell

Stephanie Zak’s London flat is the perfect backdrop for her collection of vintage finds

Photos Brett Charles

Stephanie Zak’s bright, light-filled apartment – with whitewashed walls, bleached oak floorboards and healthy smattering of vintage finds – is a lesson in offbeat style. Open shelves are artfully arranged with glassware, ceramics and pot plants; beaten-up suitcases are piled high; and a simple mantelpiece, stacked with postcards and photo-booth family prints, makes a striking focal point.

The newly reconfigured living room is Stephanie’s favourite part of the flat. A black pendant from Habitat makes a dramatic statement, while the charming collection of vintage buys and cast-offs gives the space individual style

But when she first set foot into the flat – located in a large 1930s red brick block – it was in very poor repair. ‘I bought the apartment shortly before my 30th birthday; it was a repossession, in need of a huge amount of work and TLC,’ Stephanie recalls. ‘The only room which was in any way decent was the bathroom but, even there, I hated the new tiles that had been fitted and knew they’d have to go.’

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