How does a stylist and fashion editor make her home completely her own? Alice Casely-Hayford visited Aurelia Donaldson's west London apartment to find out
Self-confessed magpie and Deputy Style Editor of the Telegraph Magazine, Aurelia Donaldson took time out of her seriously busy schedule to show us around her Notting Hill flat.
I moved here straight from my family home so some of it came from there, but most of it is a collection of books.
I used to spend Sundays at the Oxfam on Portobello Road and at Portobello Market buying books. I had to stop because I have nowhere to put them. I stole my sofas from my sister. It's very much what I could find when I could find it.
I like having references for my work so I collect old fashion books, old photography books but mainly old art books like Bauhaus, Pop Art and photographer Slim Aarons' books. I'm a bit of a book fiend.
There's this antique shop on Golborne Road called Les Couilles Du Chien - "the Dog's Bollocks" - which is awesome and has loads of amazing old glass domes and huge disco balls - everything from vintage to contemporary. If I had a lot of money, I'd buy things from there. I also like a lot of Scandinavian furniture like Fritz Hansen.
How does your place differ to where you grew up and your parents' homes?
Because I was 18 when I moved in here, I'm very invested in this flat. My boyfriend lives here with me now, and when he moved in I made sure we changed it around.
One of the things I love about being here is that I feel quite shut off. I'm a bus ride into town or a tube journey to East but I don't bump into a lot of people here and I can be very private if I want to be.
I still feel very excited by London - I've never had the desire to move to New York or Paris.
How do you unwind, returning home after shoots or fashion weeks?
I love coming home. I like putting on my tracksuit, (my boyfriend puts on his matching tracksuit) and then watching Criminal Minds or Downton Abbey.
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