At Home with

Riley
Uggla

Words by Lucy Siddall. Photography by Trisha Ward.

On the process of curating a home that’s beautiful and meaningful -
even if it takes a little longer than expected.

A comfortable corner in Riley’s bar area. Featuring a brown velvet armchair by Six the Residence, sculptural side table by &Tradition and lamp by Oka.

For as long as Riley Uggla can remember, she has loved interiors. What started as an interest in fashion evolved into a love of fabric and a desire to understand the art required to weave and make a material. This naturally progressed into home styling when Riley moved into her first apartment. She fell for the ‘addictive’ feeling of turning an empty shell into a room that’s not only pretty but purposeful and functional. Yet, while renovating her current home, she struggled to find a platform to help her creatively, stylistically, and logistically turn a house into a home. It was these conversations that gave birth to The Condo.

Through The Condo, Riley is building a platform that allows readers to recreate inspiring images in their homes. Instead of an online destination that stops at inspiration, The Condo provides readers with all the information they need to design an entire room. Additionally, the platform will give readers access to Riley’s contacts, experts, and skilled individuals that can help them make their house a home.

A corner of calm

A quiet corner in Riley's bedroom features a classic B&B Italia Camaleonda armchair and footstool, an olive tree (similar pot here) and original art by Studio Lawrence.

Lucy Siddall speaks to The Condo Founder Riley Uggla on the meaning of ‘home’ and the many design elements necessary to create a perfect space.

LS: What does the word ‘home’ mean to you?

RU: ‘Home’ is the place I always want to go back to. For me, the phrase ‘homesick’ refers to the building I live in, not its location. It’s where I feel most comfortable and know I can be 100% myself. Being at home makes me feel safe; it’s my haven.

LS: Tell me the story of your home.

RU: Our house was built between 1860 and 1862, so it’s steeped in history. The moment I walked through the door, I fell in love with the very bones of the house. I immediately felt all the lives lived and memories created within the four walls. All I could think about was stripping back the new and uncovering the historical essence of the house at its core.

When we moved in, we had a lot to do to turn the existing structure into a home as the original building was four flats. We re-ordered the flow of the house, changed the layout, and updated the design, all while maintaining the original concept. We took the house to its shell and rebuilt from there, keeping only the fireplaces. The house’s cornices were a decadent feature we wanted to reclaim; they’d lost their essence after being painted so many times.

The Condo Founder, Riley Uggla's Home - the Hallway

The Hallway sets the mood for the entire house and is an introduction to a home's personality. Console table vintage, Candle by Diptique, Lamp by Soho Home and Stools by Six The Residence.

LS: How did you make your house a home?

RU: Having things you love makes a house a home, but I try not to buy “things”. Instead, I purchased products that were meaningful to me and my family. It’s essential to fill your home with what you love rather than what you think you should love because it’s what others like. I’ve done this before, and it quickly became a space that didn’t feel like mine.

Books, flowers, and candles are also essential. They make the house feel lived in. Lighting is also crucial, but not just the fixture, the actual temperature of the bulb. Warm lighting elevates a room.

LS: What feeling did you hope to evoke when designing your home?

RU: I wanted the re-design to foster a sense of calm. We brought the outside inside throughout, filling the house with big plants and fresh foliage, which added to the calm atmosphere. Enhancing the natural light and using raw materials was also crucial.

It’s essential to fill your home with what you love rather than what you think you should love because it’s what others like. I’ve done this before, and it quickly became a space that didn’t feel like mine.

LS: What was the inspiration for your home?

RU: The house needed to be functional and durable (I have two toddlers running around!) yet serene.

Living in a space is essential before settling on an idea. It’s easy to recreate a room from an image you love, but I wanted to feel inspired by my life in the house before committing to styling details that would impact the whole home.

Once in the house, my inspiration came from artists, trips, locations, projects, and designers.

I’m very visual, so I must see, touch and feel each fabric and sample before proceeding. But I’m incredibly decisive, so it doesn’t take long to finalise the whole room once I’m inspired.

COLLECTOR’S ITEMS

Pieces that tell a story.

The Condo Founder, Riley Uggla's Home - the bedroom

Riley's bedroom is her favourite space in the house, with lots of natural light it creates a calm oasis, away from the frantic bustle of the capital. Bed by the English Bed Company. Bedspread and Pillows by Zara Home. Burr bedside tables, custom made, similar here.

LS: What is your favourite room in the house?

RU: Definitely our bedroom. We combined two rooms from the original layout, so it’s quite a generous space. The natural light that now pours in from windows on each side of the room, along with the view of greenery and tall oak trees in the distance, takes the viewer away from London’s frantic and busy nature, creating a soothing and calm environment.

The colour palette in our bedroom is rich; a mixture of browns, reds, beiges, and a lot of natural wood adds to the room’s calming feel. And of course a big tree!
The furniture is a mix of vintage and new pieces carefully chosen and curated for the space. I have a big red boucle chair in the corner of the room right by the window, and it’s my escape when I need to focus or want a moment away from the beautiful, chaotic craziness of the house.

LS: What are your most cherished pieces in the house?

RU: The pieces I cannot replace throughout the house are undoubtedly my most precious items—for example, a vintage pig bench I found at a furniture pop-up. The piece is rich with imperfections and irreplaceable after being passed down from generation to generation.

I also cherish the interior design and styling books I have been collecting over the past few years. I love how they portray the evolution and growth of my interests.

The pieces I cannot replace throughout the house are undoubtedly my most precious items—for example, a vintage pig bench … rich with imperfections and irreplaceable after being passed down from generation to generation.

LS: Where do you shop for interior pieces or furniture for your home?

RU: A huge mixture! Our home is a rich collection of furniture and items from many places. I collect pieces from various shops, pop-ups and marketplaces (both on and offline) to create a truly unique aesthetic.

In our current house, we partnered with several artists to make bespoke furniture designs that needed to be a specific size or material. For example, I designed the wooden coffee table, cream sheepskin armchairs and half-moon mirror in the living room in collaboration with ‘The Iris Edit’.

Riley’s home is a testament to her passion for interior styling and eye for beautiful, artful interiors. Each room is carefully curated, designed and uniquely stylish. The house went from being four flats to a profoundly personal home that genuinely reflects Riley’s taste and the needs of her family.

The Condo Founder, Riley Uggla's home, the lounge

Riley’s lounge marries functionality and warmth with her very personal design aesthetic. Modular sofa by Andrew Martin, Rug by Nordic Knots, Custom Made Karu Sheepskin Armchairs via 1stDibs, large vase by Soho Home and ceramic candle stick by H&M Home.

The Condo Founder Riley Uggla's Home, the Mezzanine Level - Marble Table

Books, flowers and candles make a home feel lived in. Marble table by Anna Unwin, wave iron stools by Rachel Donath, concrete side table by NORR11 and large candle by LOEWE.

Riley’s light an airy mezzanine level combines soft furnishings with beautifully curated art, ceramics and literature. Iron candle holders by Yester Home, patch bowl by Mette Ditmer and paper maché sculpted vase by Paper Vivant.

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