I’ve always loved watching interior design programs on tv, inspired by the transformation of a standard house into a beautiful dream home. I often wondered whether I would be brave enough to do a ‘grand designs’ of my own and actually design and build my own dream house, hmmm perhaps if money were no object!
Back in the real world, we’ve just embarked on our own project ‘ Dream House’ and have purchased an Edwardian property from around 1910, that is very much in need of renovation. It is a beautiful house with a wonderful homely feel, it just hasn’t been touched in about 60 years or more! Think old 70’s carpets and curtains, embossed wallpaper, oh and lots of spiders webs and spiders.
Viewing the house – carpet had to go, curtains had to go, fireplace had to go…
Our lovely retro bathroom ;)
Out dated pine kitchen
Beautiful large garden
When we viewed the property I fell in love. It had all the lovely proportions of a period house, high ceilings, bay windows, large skirting boards, stained glass, wooden floors (albeit hidden under dusty old carpets) and I knew it had the potential to be a wonderful family home. The garden was a great size, perfect for our expanding family to enjoy plenty of outdoor fun. So we took the plunge. Many might have thought us mad (we know you did and still may do!), moving from a perfectly finished new build to a old rundown property that requires so much work but we just knew it was meant to be our home.
We’ve been here for about 3 weeks now and it feels great, we settled in right away, well as soon as we did a thorough clean, ripped up the dusty old carpets and moved our furniture over. We’ve started painting the kitchen cupboards in Annie Sloan Old White and we are busy rewiring before the real decoration starts. It’s a long road ahead of us to get the house to the finished state but we’ve so many ideas and exciting plans for our new home.
Sprucing up the kitchen cupboards with Annie Sloan paint
Adding our furniture makes it feel like home already
View to the lounge – we’ve exposed the tiles and wooden floor. Now the pelmet and curtains need to come down!
The goal is to uncover or restore the beautiful original features of this Edwardian property while transforming it into a house suitable for a modern family. We love the old tiled floor, but want to set it against a crisp white backdrop so that it really gets a chance to shine. The wooden floors will all be sanded back to create practical beautiful flooring. We will open up the light in the rooms by getting rid of the heavy drapes and installing roman blinds in the large bay windows. The walls will be stripped of their wallpaper, newly plastered and freshly painted. We plan to add a log burner into the main fireplace of the house for a practical and modern addition, the smaller bedroom fireplaces will be lovingly restored. In the longer term we want to add a lovely extension to the back of the house where our kitchen / diner / family room will be and maybe eventually tackle a loft conversion in our large roof space.
Decoration will be fresh, homely and practical. I’m a big fan of light, bright spaces, wood and beautiful detail as well as a touch of fun so no doubt there will be splashes of colour and some nice quirky touches. I’m constantly gathering inpiration on my pinterest board and am so excited to get going. First stop Littlelish’s nature inspired bedroom (at her request) and the nursery for our new arrival.
Dream hallway – our plans for a light, bright hallway (image via Pinterest)
A fresh, modern bathroom (image via Pinterest)
A stylish, elegant lounge (image via Pinterest)
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Wish us luck, we may need it! x
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