QUEEN TOYAH WILLCOX LOVES HAVING HER SHOWBIZ PALS
ROUND THE ONLY PROBLEM IS NEGOTIATING HER
Toyah Willcox bought her tiny flat in the leafy
suburb of Chiswick, west London, she found it was
the perfect place for entertaining famous
Toyah counts David Bowie,
Marilyn Manson and Adam Ant among her mates. She
says casually: "The drummer from REM stays
here when he's in town.
"It's a tiny
flat," she adds. "We usually have
drinks here, then eat out. Chiswick is perfect
for that as there are so many great restaurants
just a short walk away."
The only problem is
negotiating the perils of that striking spiral
staircase after a drink or two.
"It can be tricky
after a night out. I've tumbled down a few
times!" admits the singer and
Still, it's a small price
to pay for having such a great crash pad in the
Over the past 15 years,
she's transformed the one-bed bolthole into her
city sanctuary, although her main home is in
Worcestershire, and she has a house in the south
of France too.
Despite the fact that the
properties are owned by her and her husband,
musician Robert Fripp, Toyah, 50, is the one who
spends most time at the flat.
The couple have an
unconventional relationship and rarely spend more
than 12 weeks a year living together. But the
arrangement works for Toyah, who loves her own
She's given the flat a
lick of paint and picked up unique accessories on
her travels to make the place her own. She also
plans to create her own music studio, as she
loves impromptu jamming sessions with her rocker
And the area is a celeb
haven, with numerous famous faces living nearby.
"It's a great community," Toyah says.
"Phill Jupitus and Mark Lamarr live nearby,
so I love coming home here."
Now all she has to worry
about is that pesky staircase!
Toyah is currently touring
the UK in the musical Vampires Rock. For more
info, go to Vampiresrock.debzwebz.biz.
1. SOFA This
is from Habitat, circa 1983 its been
in many different homes over the years, but is
still in perfect nick.
2. CHAIRS These
Indian chairs were gathering dust in an antiques
shop in Worcester. I like the mother-of-pearl
inlay the craftsmanship is beautiful.
3. MIRROR I
got this ornate mirror from a florists shop
in Stoke-on-Trent. It was a bit of a bargain.
4. CUSHIONS I
enjoy injecting colour into a room. These vivid
cushions are from TKMaxx.
TOYAH'S STYLE TIPS
Live with things
you enjoy looking at and using, not what you
think you should have.
Dont let the
existing layout limit you think about
building up, out or down. Staying put and
renovating is easier than getting a new place,
especially during a credit crunch.
Bring back objects,
accessories, even furniture from your travels
abroad youll build up a unique style
of your own.