Original Habitat: Alice Levine

Known for her popular Radio 1 show and the super cool supper clubs she hosts alongside best friend, Laura Jackson, we weren’t surprised to find Alice Levine’s home ridiculously stylish. Based in Clapton, East London, we popped round for a sneak peek and caught up with the lady herself. Take a look…

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

Where do you live and who do you live with?

I live in Clapton in East London. I live there on my own – although my brother has a key and sometimes it seems like he’s a semi-permanent resident.

Why did you choose this particular location and home?

When I still lived in Nottingham, Hackney was one of the first places I visited in London as my friend Joe grew up here. I fell in love with it. So for the past 10 or so years I have always lived within the same few streets. I guess I am a creature of habit.

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

Tell us a little bit about yourself. 

I am a broadcaster – I have a radio show that I do at the weekends for Radio 1, I host various things on television and I have a podcast called My Dad Wrote A Porno. I also run a food company with my business partner, Laura Jackson.

Is this your dream job?

Absolutely. I love interviewing people and finding out about them, I love comedy and making people laugh and I love food and working with my friends. I get to do all of those things – I’m very lucky.

How would you describe your interior style?

I can err on the side of cluttered sometimes. But generally I like airy, cool spaces. So I am drawn to dusty, muted colours. Then I like to have a pop of something bright here and there. My flat is quite modern in its decor but I have lots of antiques to offset this. So a real jumble. Homely too, I hope.

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

Where do you find interior inspiration?

I think from other people’s amazing homes. I am so fickle like that. I went to Deal this weekend and fell for the seaside house aesthetic. It made me want to have wooden paneling everywhere and paint all my floors white or grey. Not sure it would work so well in the city though!

Whose home do you most admire?

There are so many. Claude Monet’s house, north of Paris, in Giverny. The kitchen is covered in blue patterned tiles and has copper pots hanging on the wall. The facade and garden are beautiful too. And, Charlston, a 17th-century farmhouse which was home to Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant – it’s full of amazing corners and details.

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

What’s your favourite thing about your home?

The light. It is in a Victorian mansion block, and there are 4 huge sash windows along the wall of my front room and kitchen.

What’s travelled with you from home to home?

A LOT of books.

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

What does Habitat mean to you? 

I grew up with Habitat – my mum and dad have so many classic pieces. In fact I have stolen their black lacquered Breuer Cesca chairs. They are still going strong.

What’s your favourite Habitat piece in your home and why?

I have a sage green velvet sofa from Habitat that is just gorgeous. Everyone always admires it when they come in and it’s long enough to fully stretch out on. Perfect for lazy lounging.

How have you made this house your home?

My ex-boyfriend, Ed, and I did a major renovation a few years ago. It was supposed to take 8 weeks and it took nearly 6 months. So even if elements of it aren’t quite right now, it is staying exactly as it is. I cannot face the thought of more building work!

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

Tell us about your most treasured possessions?

My dad doesn’t have very many objects from his childhood. But he did give me my grandma Esme’s gold mirror. It’s hanging in my room, and has done everywhere that I’ve lived.

Where is the heart of your home? 

It has to be the kitchen. I have a huge dining table and that is where I spend most of time. Drinking tea, working, chatting, eating. It is the hub of my home.

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

If you could re-live one moment in this house what would it be? 

There isn’t one time in particular but the busy, noisy nights when everyone is well fed and they are still sat around the table drinking wine and laughing. Those are the best nights.

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party? 

My best pals – there’s nothing better.

Original Habitat: Alice Levine

Is this your perfect habitat? What would complete your home? 

It is pretty perfect. This is so sad but I would love one of those old fashioned wooden laundry pulleys so that I could have all of the washing out of the way and not have to have one of those ugly metal drying racks. Dreaming big.

Tell us something interesting about your home that not many people know.

There are some pigeons nesting in my bathroom walls – I hear them canoodling when I’m in the shower!

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