Interior Styling


Tour my Rochester home decorated on a £15k budget

I’ve finally got around to posting my new home redecoration. In October 2019 I moved to Rochester, Kent, from Hackney. I’ve rented a tired but cozy house a short walk from the historic centre, and importantly, a short roll out of bed to the children’s school. I left with little more than our clothes and have completely started from scratch

 Given that this is a rental until I can find my dream home, I just wanted to make it homely and comfortable for me and my three children. I set myself the task of spending just £15,000 on everything (including TVs, fridge etc) and all (except the aforementioned items) from IKEA. It took five IKEA deliveries and three trips to the Greenwich store, including £1,100 in returns for things that didn’t fit. The result, in my opinion, is a warm, serene (when the kids aren’t here) home I’m proud of and comfortable in. Even if this house is home for a few years rather than months, I’m happy with that. What do you think? Curious if you can see the value in how I’ve apportioned the funds and if you think it’s good, bad or about right for £15,000.

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Joao Botelho founder of Casa Botelho on creating beauty and harmony #49

“How can I accomplish something beautiful within the budget that I have?” – Joao Botelho

Before founding Casa Botelho, João Botelho enjoyed a 22 year career in global luxury retail, beginning his journey in sales for a prestigious Brazilian brand Belo Horizonte. With the ambition to explore the world, he decided to move to Europe in 1994, making London his new home. Since then he has worked for Harvey Nichols, Nicole Farhi and Jasper Conran, opening Jasper Conran’s flagship Mayfair store in 2004. He joined Donna Karan New York in 2000 and has held several senior positions including Director of Retail.

Having worked with iconic homeware designers and travelled around the globe, he has experienced style at its best, learned exquisite architectures and gained interiors’ knowhow, inspiring him to explore different sides of his creative personality through the redesign of a space.

Joao’s obsession with homeware and passion for styling has led him to discover his desire for interiors. During the journey he was able to design furnishings, doors, windows and customise kitchen, TV console, vanity unit, walk-in wardrobe as well as concrete floating shelves and sink, collaborating with Waind Gohil Architects.

In this podcast:

-fashion vs interior design;
-how to accomplish perfect harmony in any room?
-Joao’s top interior design tips;

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