My wife is an interior designer and we took great care in making our home stylish but also very comfortable and relaxing. There's a wood-burning stove in the sitting room; wooden floors and warming colours.
We love to cook and keep a very well equipped kitchen.
Stoke Newington is a vibrant yet relaxed area - one of London's nicest, most interesting neighborhoods. It has the feel of a village (albeit a very 'hip' one) where the character is carefully protected from the growing samey-ness of most British high streets. All of the shops (with one exception - 'Whole Foods') are independently run, by people who care about what they do.
There's a fantastic green grocers, where you can get virtually anything you could imagine. There's a top notch baker and butcher along with newsagents, coffee shops, restaurants and pretty much anything else you're likely to want or need.
You'll be right beside Clissold Park (a lovely public park, with duck ponds, deer and an aviary) and close to Dalston, Shoreditch, Islington and Liverpool Street.
PS: Daniel Defoe (Robinson Crusoe) and Edgar Allen Poe both went to school on Stoke Newington Church Street, although not at the same time...
Despite being so close to so much that makes London special, our street is very peaceful and quiet.