Inside a family flat in Hackney where contemporary design meets cosy | Style

It can be hard to make an affection for contemporary design translate into cosy interiors, but in their east London home, Jade and Emma Shone-Sanders have masterfully pulled it off. As soon as you set foot in their maisonette, you’re greeted with inky-coloured walls and woodwork, mid-century furniture and Scandinavian soft-glow lighting. With the original Victorian cornicing and ceiling roses humming elegantly in the background, the effect is welcoming and tactile rather than staid and showroom-like — a look that Emma has distilled into Design & That, her interior design practice and online store. But it’s an aesthetic that takes a great deal of vision, as Emma’s wife, Jade, an interiors and fashion PR consultant, admits: “We had endless Pinterest boards!”

The living room alcove features modular shelving by the Swedish brand String, which doubles as a small desk. The portrait on the mantelpiece is by Matt Small


The couple, with the

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