Interior designer and stylist Abigail Ahern’s work has been in the press a lot recently, thanks to her empowering new book, A Girl’s Guide to Decorating. Its cover sums up her distinctive style – a mix of cheap or found objects, quirky antiques and the best contemporary-design-with-a-twist, offset against smokily dark walls. Atelier Abigail Ahern, her Islington showroom, is always a treat to visit and the fluoro Lacquer coffee table seen on the book’s cover stands out front the rest (it’s bright pink, so it would be hard for it to hide in the shadows). But since the fluoro trend probably won’t be around for long, I reckon there’s an Ikea hack to be done here: one Lack coffee table plus some fluorescent Plasti-kote plus some shiny varnish and you’re done, all for about £30. I’d like to think it’s in the spirit of Abigail’s work, since she’s all about doing it yourself (and has been known to take old furniture down to her local garage to get it sprayed with car paint). Me, I’ve banned myself from owning a coffee table ‘cos it’s just one more surface where the paperwork and old tea-cups just pile up. Yep, that’s right – I can’t even be trusted to own a table.
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