After completing on the sale in June, I had just 6 weeks to completely strip out and renovate this derelict mess. The open plan living and dining room grew by a metre in size by removing the two walls as you enter the property. By placing glass antique lamps behind the sofa on an antique console table, it draws your eye to the back of the room, thereby making the room feel deeper. By using a kiln rug sustainably produced in India from Westelm, I’ve been able to further draw a distinction between the two rooms. I love colour, so by using a glass coffee table, I’ve openly housed many colourful copies of Vogue, which subtly injects an array of colours into the room, which is mirrored by our colourful collection of books. In the dining room, I was able to play with the lighting a bit more and used a new supplier, Jam Jar Lighting, to create a retro feel, with the giant light bulbs hanging in the centre of the table.
The kitchen has remained tiny in size but feels like it has doubled, thanks to a fantastic German kitchen supplier, Kuchenwerks. I have managed to use clean lines and symmetry to create a minimalist look which maximised the space. In the bathroom I took a risk by using Porcel Thin tiles; about 4 mm thick. These super thin tiles come in huge slabs so it enabled me to only use a few, minimising the grouting lines. The faux marble effect looks so chic for a fraction of the high street cost.
In the master bedroom I purchased, for under £500, the stunning Juliette bed from Feather and Black. The classic button back head board is contemporised when combined with a grass green ombre bed spread from Designers Guild, which I mimicked in the cushion on the arm chair. I used a mixture of antiques and modern furniture in our bedroom to create a classic contemporary feel.