ELLE Decoration (UK)

TAMSIN CHISLETT, entreprene­ur


‘The number one rule was no grey. During lockdown, we’d come in here and feel grateful to be somewhere so joyful’

Co-founder and CEO of online fashion rental service Onloan, Chislett lives in an 1860s mid-terraced house in north-east London with her partner Max and two children. From a bedroom and poky kitchen on the lower ground floor, they’ve created a spacious kitchen-diner

■ I’ve known Catrina Stewart of architectu­re practice Office S&M since we were 16, so to work with her on our kitchen was a dream. The number one rule was no grey. Also, I have two children and live slightly chaoticall­y so needed a space that looks good messy.

■ I love the pantry; it’s a real feature. We completely trusted Catrina’s taste in terms of putting lots of vibrant, bright hues together in a close environmen­t. Even the pink Domus tiles above the sink have a turquoise Mapei grout.

■ To bring in more light we used tinted mirrors above the pantry door and opposite the kitchen. You get a coloured, almost wavy reflection, which feels quirky and playful.

■ We wanted a cosy space with built-in seating around the table. It was important to have storage the children can access so there are toys in the cupboard underneath. Outside Covid times, we love entertaini­ng so we chose bench seating which fits more people. I don’t know how we got so lucky as to match the colour of the ‘Palladio’ dining table by Claesson Koivisto Rune, to the ceiling.

■ My business is about prolonging the life of clothes so I’m interested in reusing materials in a new way. The terrazzo worktops are made from marble off-cuts and the pendant lights above the table are a mix of porcelain and recycled brick grog.

■ I love the feeling of happiness I get in the space. During the first lockdown, the children’s nursery was shut and we were both working from home, but every day we’d come in here and feel grateful to be somewhere so joyful. officesand­m.com; onloan.co

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