North West London Victorian Terrace House Tour

Sacha is not only the interior designer and e-decorator behind Honey Bee Interiors , she also owns an on-line store called the Vintage Chandelier Company that sells a lot more than just light fixtures.


Vintage Chandelier
This is a more subtle nod to the antler design trend without the need for faux taxidermy on your wall.

When Sacha offered to let me virtual house tour a London Victorian terrace, which is full of pieces from the store, I was immediately curious to see how she made Swarovski stag antlers, velvet Ottomans and chandeliers work together.

For all my secret interior designers who love mixing monochrome with bold colours and antiques with modern furniture, this house will inspire you.

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First room in the tour is Sacha’s favourite room- the lounge. I like how she stuck to a monochromatic scheme but chose a variety of patterns within that colour scheme for both the cushions and the wallpaper. By keeping it simple the bold furniture and chandelier really stand out.

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Kitchens like bathrooms are often seen as purely functional and not a place for your inner interior designer to come out. Sacha proves though that by giving the kitchen as much attention to detail as the rest of the house you can create a very stylish place to entertain and feed the family.

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If you love the XXX lights in the corner-don’t bother searching for imitations because you can buy them from her store.

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In recognition of the kitchen being the heart of the home there is an inspiring words wall decal next to the cook top- imagine getting a pep talk every morning before breakfast?

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There is a difference between a boudoir and a bedroom, and this is it. The velvet throw and gold beside lamps make the space feel luxurious while the almost black focal wall and dark wooden bed frame add a sensual masculinity to it.

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It’s clear after taking the house tour that Sacha’s interior design forte lies in her ability to give each room its’ own distinct personality. I hope this house tour gives you inspiration about how you too could mix juxtaposing colours and patterns seamlessly into your own space.

Thanks Sacha for sharing!

Tips for Renters from Sacha Berger:

1. What way can you make the biggest impact through interior decorating without changing the structure of a house?

Just by using simple but striking design tricks, play around with different sizes so using a oversized ceiling light even in a small room, dark walls to make interesting backdrop for photos or paintings or as a contrast to bright furniture pieces, mix patterns and textures and personalise your home with the things you love.

2. What design trend are you embracing this season?

Yellow, I love this colour at the moment and find any excuse to bring a pop of yellow into a scheme.


The good, the bad and the ugly walls house tour

Renting is like dating. You first have to flirt with the apartments’ friends, the realtors and landlord, convincing them that you are perfect for the apartment – that no one else will love it as much as you do. Now the apartment is like a potential mate. You inspect every inch of it before weighing up the positives and negatives to decide if you could in fact love it long-term knowing all its’ faults.

Before renting my current apartment here was my list:

Relationship deal breakers

  • Pale green walls throughout the living/dining/kitchen space
  • Emergency airplane lighting in bathroom
  • Pale yellow walls in bedroom
  • No dishwasher


  • Subway tiles throughout kitchen
  • One minute walk to the largest supermarket I have ever seen in London
  • Two minute walk to train station
  • Five minute cycle to Shoreditch markets
  • Communal barbecue area

In other words perfect location versus washing dishes and living with ugly walls. Chris was like the pushy best friend of the flat who kept promising me that it had an awesome personality- I just had to wait a while to see it myself.

So, with complete faith in his promise, we waged a two week war over painting the green walls with the realtors before giving in and signing the contract. (The realtor agreed we could paint them but the landlord did not. I’ll be honest – I almost walked away.)

Now that I have given you proper warning please feel free to tour my marsh green East London flat:

The Living Room

We inherited one not so white any more sofa and a black, glass TV stand from the 80s.

The Kitchen

The subway tiles that salvaged my relationship with the flat.


The awkward corner in our walk-in wardrobe that baffles my inner interior designer.


The walk-in wardrobe complete with faulty window.


Hello bedroom sconce’s- this is the 90s, come back!


Yellow lemon dream bedroom complete with timber ceilings.


Emergency lighting to help you find your nearest exit. We also inherited one dirty, old bathmat.

(Sorry- these are all phone photos as my camera was buried in a moving box somewhere!)

Since moving in I have discovered more odd quirks about the place. For example, our white sofa is not white any more nor will it ever be again, the hot water runs out after the third shower and every setting but one is a grill on the oven. Anyone tempted by char-grilled food is welcome here.

I am sure that there is a huge percentage of UK renters out there who have similar stories about their apartment and I would love to know what kind of things you have learned to love in your place.

The Lifestyle Directory

Welcome beautiful readers!

My name is Christiana. I am a London based lifestyle blogger who is always traveling. To say I love food is an understatement, I live for it.  This blog was first created as a place to share my original recipes and quickly developed into a life directory to guide people needing fashion inspiration, travel guides, restaurant reviews and a bit of life advice. 

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