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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.

Welcome to The Lifestyle Directory

Oh my goodness! Are we seriously live?! This blog was months in the planning and weeks in the web designing but now here it is.

Well, welcome to The Lifestyle Directory.

My name is Christiana and I wanted to make a UK blog that focused on weddings, interiors and food.  Why these three things you ask?

Weddings: For the family reading this, NO- CHRIS AND I ARE NOT ENGAGED, what we are is T.B.T.W. ( Too Broke to Wed) I am not ashamed to admit this because it feels that every young couple in the world is in the same boat as us. Committed and ready to get married but with no funds available to even buy the engagement ring. Living in London means almost all our salary goes towards rent and the rest towards living expenses, what we do have left, we spend on holidays to keep ourselves sane. And may I ask, when did weddings start costing on average £18,000?

Interiors: As I mentioned we recently moved to a 2.5 bedroom flat in East London, which we share with another couple. No, Chris does not have a hipster beard and I do not wear fake reading glasses, guys, we are not that cool. We live in the cheap part of East London in a gated community with a communal barbecue, a Cockney porter and a Sainsbury’s the size of Cornwall. This apartment isn’t our forever home but how do I make it feel like one? Well, this blog will be full of renting tips from interior designers to help out that huge percentage of UK renters who are facing the same conundrum.

Food: I am a certified chef and a food lover. Chris knows I would consider trading him in for a lifetime supply of fresh lobster with lemon butter. Weird fact: When I eat food that is beyond words delicious I subconsciously wiggle with joy and close my eyes. I know. So there was never a doubt about including my original recipes and London restaurant reviews into the blog.

I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as I love writing it. Expect lots of beautiful pictures, top tips and food porn coming your way. My directory will also slowly be filled with UK businesses I support and love in the wedding, food and interior design industry- so make sure to contact these professionals if you want something truly unique, personal and fun.

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