We bought our 1930’s terrace house in 2003. It needed completely renovating as it hadn’t been touched for 50 years. I wanted to create a home with a contemporary and relaxed feel and most of all I wanted to put my interior design skills into action. After years searching magazines for design inspiration as well as saving, begging and borrowing the money to be able start our big makeover we started to update all the rooms one by one. It’s still a work in progress but we’re getting there. I’ve tried to mix the traditional of the house style to give us a light and airy living space along with a modern urban feel. See what you think……
Home style favourites……
I’m a big fan of the nordic scandi interiors and I wanted to try and incorporate an element of that style. We invested in antique white shutters at the front of the house as soon as we could to masque the PVC windows. The house is south facing so the sunlight pours through in the morning creating an uplifting summer glow even on the greyest of days.
We stripped and varnished the wooden floor boards downstairs as soon as we moved in as it was the cheapest option but it was so cold and draughty in the winter. When we got around to extending the back of the house we went for engineered oak and we did go a bit over board with the hallway flooring.
I’d always loved the traditional black and white victorian tiles and we persuaded our tiler to put them in while we were away on holiday. Most people think they are the original tiles so I think it was worth that added time and investment.
The kitchen extension…..
We finally got around to opening up the kitchen in May 2012. It was a massive project as we virtually demolished the back of the house completely and rebuilt it. We didn’t move out. It was pretty stressful living through all the mess but I couldn’t be happier with the results.
Finally the sun is shining and we can enjoy the garden. I saw a similar layout with bi-fold doors to the patio and I knew that was exactly what I wanted when we got around to the extension. You’d be surprised even in our unreliable British weather how often we open the doors and eat outside. It really is a great place to relax with family and friends.
Home makeovers on the to do list…..
I don’t know about you but after each mini makeover the whole family needs a rest from the mess and mayhem of the builders. We need time to regroup, go on holiday and find some money from somewhere for the next project.
Our final big room makeover is the sitting room. I’m dreaming of a soft green walls to blend with the shutters along with luxurious pastel sofas to melt into with mountains of cushions and throws.
The last ten years has been a labour of love and hard work but it’s been worth it as we’ve nearly completed our house makeover. I just need to find the energy, inclination and budget to finish the job, although now the suns out you’ll find me chilling in the garden. I’ll keep you posted.
Thanks for reading. Bye for now.