We catch up with antiques and interiors stylist and founder of the online inspiration hub The Interiors Lab, Luke Batchelor, at his North London home.

“I always say I should have been born in the past; I love surrounding myself with period furniture and paintings” Luke Batchelor muses the implications of possessing an undeniable affinity for interiors pieces with a history “I love owning one off antique pieces as it’s nice to watch a collection grow, I also look at it as my way of investing in something”

As a young Londoner, Batchelor faces the same challenge as many in the capital, namely how to make a rented space feel personal and like one’s home. “It’s quite tough renting as you’re restricted on the amount you can do to a property and when your passion is interiors this can be quite torturous” fortunately Luke’s background in styling allowed him to evolve a décor scheme, utilising the black canvas of this flat.

The living room of Luke's flat

Decorative furniture finds, porcelain and silverware, spanning the eras from Georgian to Victorian sit comfortably alongside contemporary buys from a variety of sources  in Luke’s home. We wondered where’s best to draw a little inspiration from?  “I would recommend any antiques lovers to visit www.antiquesyoungguns.co.uk” enthuses Batchelor “it’s home to some of the industry’s best antiques dealers such as No1 Lewes, on the wall antiques, Doe & Hope, Serhat Ahmet and Nanadobbie.”

His own tastes are derived from all aspects of life, from his mother’s love of decorating “I remember when I was young my small bedroom was decorated with a beautiful Zoffany toile de jouy wallpaper and ciara yellow paint from Farrow & Ball.” to populist entertainment such as The House of Elliot and Upstairs Downstairs “I grew up watching period dramas; they enhanced my love and understanding of particular eras” to the contemporary “Steinar Berg-Olsen has a great eye & recently I discovered the work of Rose Uniacke who has quickly become one of my favourite interior designers”

Bed with open books, pineapple lamp and portraits in gilded frames in the background

While drawing inspiration from a variety of sources to style and decorate his rented space, Batchelor also shares his dream schemes via Instagram and Twitter to others also looking to be inspired (check out his guide to shooting your own space here http://bit.ly/1FXJA1y ), showing any space can be made stylish and personal with the right influences.

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Images by Robert Gershinson