Josh & Rae's Well Curated Home

Josh & Rae's Well Curated Home

Rebecca Proctor
Jan 30, 2013

Name: Rachel Jones and Josh Sims
Location: Hackney, London
Size: No idea — average London terrace size!
Years lived in: 10 years; Owned

Fashion designer Rae Jones, her husband Josh, and their little boy live in a classic Victorian terrace in London's East End. With its high ceilings, large windows and period features, the house is the perfect place to exhibit the couple's carefully curated collection of twentieth century furniture and accessories.

Josh and Rae share a love of antiques, delighting in the details of well made, functional designs that are built to last. One of their favorite items is a pre-war leather gym mat which has been repurposed as a simple and hardwearing rug on the living room floor. In fact, they have several pieces of vintage gymnasium equipment, including an old vaulting horse which has found a new life in the dining room. Other treasured pieces include a wooden polar bear made by Rae's grandfather and their vast collection of vintage topographic maps. It is this unique mix of curious pieces, industrial lighting and a restrained colour palette that make the house such a fascinating family home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Historical meets industrial.

Inspiration: Anything old, British, functional, curious or well-made.

Favorite Element: Our pre-war German leather exercise mat.

Biggest Challenge: Combining both my husband's and my own styles (and keeping our 18month old from destroying everything).

What Friends Say: Ooh isn't it neat? and: can I go and look upstairs?

Biggest Embarrassment: I suppose having too many books — they're teetering in piles all over the place. And too many coats, which makes it hard to actually get through the door!

Proudest DIY: Managing to get all the really heavy pictures to stay on the walls.

Biggest Indulgence: Our rather large (and growing) collection of vintage and topographic maps.

Best Advice: Never try and collect something. It will take over your life, budget and home! Or if you do, try and stick to one thing/theme.

Dream Sources: Vintage dealers, eBay, markets, especially foreign ones, car boot sales and road trips in the US!

Resources of Note:


    Dulux Trade
    Sanderson - Can't remember colour names, was too long ago!


    • Picture above coat rail- My husband's great grandfather in his police service line-up
    • Our 'Man wall' which includes military images of men with brilliant moustaches- Stall in Truman Brewery Market, East London
    • A hexagonal wooden barometer from my grandparents
    • Bakelite wall mounted phone
    • Vintage wooden Post Office counter cabinet


    • German leather exercise mat - vintage dealer in West London
    • Wooden polar bear made by my great grandfather
    • Original 60s black metal cabinet 
    • Two hand stitched tapestry pieces from my great aunt
    • 1950s bent metal frame and brown leatherette chair
    • 1940s metal floor standing angle poise on wheels
    • 30s metal desk lamp


    • 1930s art deco dining table and green leather chairs 
    • 1950s orange embossed wooden frame chair- dealer
    • Long very slim mirror from a railway carriage
    • Framed collections of cigarette cards of varying themes
    • Images of my husband's grandparents in the 50s in unusual mirrored frames
    • Leather and wood pommel horse - bought from a man in the street!
    • Metal storage box- online
    • Huge clock from a bank
    • Anatomical paper diagram of the body - Market


    • Pre-war metal and wood coffee grinder
    • Vintage jelly moulds
    • 1970s wooden slotted shelving
    • 1930s glass shaded desk lamp
    • Modern collection of chrome coffeemakers
    • 1930s tin draining hanger- Spitalfields Market


    • Selection of vintage shoes from Japan, China and Holland - all markets
    • Large wooden haberdashery unit - vintage dealer
    • Mint green Lloyd loom laundry basket - my grandparents
    • 1940s Californian sun lounger with wheels


    • Glass bottle with woven wicker work cover and metal stopper - second hand stall at Chatsworth road Sunday Market
    • Two green metal meat safes - one from my Grandparents and one from eBay
    • Clarice cliff plate- used to hold toilet roll! - flea Market

Thanks, Rae and Josh!

(Images: Rebecca Proctor)

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