This time around last year, I uploaded my first official Before & After Home Tour of our house, which we bought in November 2015, started renovating in December, and officially moved in February 2016. I can’t quite believe we have been here nearly two years already (well I can quite believe it, as we love it so much!) – but just in terms of it being the place we have lived in for the longest period of time (which is a record so far). Our circumstances with having a baby on it’s way in less than 5 weeks obviously plays a major part in staying, and of course, the house being pretty much perfect for all our needs, in terms of style, location and size. Now before I show you more of an updated version of the house one year later (as things have changed just slightly) – let me quickly run you through the specifics of the house…
An Edwardian house (built circa 1906) located in South West London – set across over three floors, with a reception/lounge room to the front of the property, a second reception/study room in the middle of the property (not pictured), a utility room, downstairs toilet, and a kitchen/lounge room opening onto the garden. Over the first and second floors there are five bedrooms and two bathrooms – three of which are utilised as actual bedrooms, one which has been converted to my walk-in-wardrobe, and the soon to be nursery (not pictured).
The reasoning behind this updated home tour, is simply due to the natural changes one makes the longer you live in a property. Our first home tour of this house was so fresh and neutral, but having lived in the property for over a year since, there is a lot more personality and colour being brought in – in other words; it’s just more lived in and feels more like a home.
So, let’s begin the tour shall we…
The hallway, which very fortunately retain the original Victorian style tiles, is relatively bright and airy. But in order to make it feel even more light and welcoming (as so many hallways can be anything but), we kept the wall colour light, which worked well in contrast with the darker monochrome tiles, with some added colour on the walls and weekly fresh flowers. The hallway leads onto the front lounge on the right, then moving on to the stairway taking you up to the rest of the floors – or continuing straight and you will find a sizeable study/storage room to your next right (not pictured in this tour), and finally onto the large kitchen/lounge/dining area, which leads onto the garden, with a separate washing room and downstairs toilet at the back.
Moving into the first room on the right when you enter the house, is the front lounge. With it’s high ceilings, all retaining the original cornicing, big windows (with a customised window seat) and traditional white shutters – it’s a very calm, bright and relaxing space. Yet in the colder months, it completely transforms into a cozy snug room, with the wood burning stove and dim lighting.
Urban Outfitters Pouffe (similar here)
As you can see, I love blending in lots of different textures and materials, such as wool, linen, embroidery – mixed with hard metals, natural wood, and greenery – not to mention, lots of scented candles, stacks of magazines and books…
Hay Tray Tables
These tray tables are great to have all your favourite pieces, magazines and quirky artefacts on display.
Since the last tour, I have added more artwork on the walls, some additional lighting, and more textures and various accessories – making the room feel much more homely and lived in.
Wayfair Lamp / New York & Paris Prints / Urban Outfitters Plant (bought in Oxford Street store)
The overall look and feel with it’s relatively tonal colour palette, is soft and relaxed (just the way I wanted it).
Moving further down the hallway, we pass the study/storage room (soon to be the play room), which has not been pictured as it’s exactly that – a storage room (I will spare you the sight of the current chaos!). When you pass that, you will enter the open kitchen/dining/lounge area, which is one of my favourite spaces in the house, as it’s so light and airy, and with the floor-to-ceiling bi-folding doors, which opens up wide to the terrace and garden – it’s the biggest living area of the house.
I love plants and flowers (as I am sure you’ll notice throughout) – not to mention Eucalyptus, and if I could, I would fill every corner of the room with greenery (although admittedly, I am not that far off!). To me, it gives a real sense of warmth and cozy feeling, not to mention plants help clean the air and boosts healing (who knew?!).
Again, a relatively tonal colour palette, with the natural wood, white walls, and pops of green and aqua – mixed with various greys, and contrasting textures…
As everything is so open plan – which is something I love – it was important to create different corners and separate spaces in the room, such as the corner lounge. I did this by filling it more out (if you compare it to the first Home Tour, when it was much more bare) – with again, lots of different elements and colours, as well as a shelf and pouffe, which helps define and frame the space.
Again, stacks of books, candles, memorabilia, plants, various artefacts on display – creating that personal feel.
I love our little handy washing & laundry room with a downstairs toilet, tucked to the side off the kitchen – again in a tonal and neutral colour palette.
Now the ground floor is done, we move up to the first floor. Again, I really love the spacious, light and airy stairways, which (surprise surprise) are all tonal with the whites and grey. The stairs used to be in dark wood when we took it over, and I love the transformation with the painted white, mixed with the soft and cozy carpet and carpet runner, which runs all the way up to the top floor.
Once you’ve walked up the stairs, head to your left and you will enter my favourite room in the whole house, the master bedroom. This is such a lovely and airy space, and a definite sanctuary we love to spend long and lazy weekends in, with copious amounts of tea, coffee and newspapers…
By now, I am sure you can gather that I’m very into mixing a lot of textures together in a room. When I initially designed and styled this house, the main priority was making it feel soft, warm, light, airy and cozy. An escape away from the hustle and bustle of London… By bringing in warm and fuzzy elements into each room – especially on the first and second floor – with the soft carpet and furnishing, combined with natural materials, such as cotton, linen and wood – it really feels like a real safe haven that we both just love spending time in.
But this is no show home – which is something I felt it was more like in the beginning when I had just decorated it; albeit it still had those soft and warm elements, it lacked memorabilia, pictures on the walls, more artefacts , more stuff (which is something that comes with time, and really living in a space – hence the reason for the updated home tour!).
Next Lamp / Anthropologie Letter / IKEA Bedside Table
Brass, grey and white. Such a classic combo, which just always works. Also, don’t be afraid of mixing different brass colours and details together; the clashing of tones makes it even more interesting.
I replicated the front lounge bay window area on the ground floor, with a customised window seat in this room too – which is a great way to utilise an otherwise ‘dead space’ – using it to display magazines, books, plants, pictures, cushions…
The White Company Floor Mirror
Moving out from the front lounge and across to the end room, soon to be the nursery (which I will be dedicating an entire blog post to once it’s all ready, so stay tuned!). On another note, notice the curved wall to the right, which is the back of the bathroom, and such a quirky element which I really love with this hallway and space…
The bathroom, albeit spacious enough for us two; we really had to think hard on this re-design, as the old design was not maximising the room potential. After moving things around, re-tiling and painting – it’s so much better and brighter, and thankfully, still has those lovely high ceilings to make it feel even roomier.
IKEA Sink Unit & Cabinet / John Lewis Round Mirror
Although it’s not the grandest of bathrooms – especially in relation to the rest of the house – we still managed to fit in our much wanted double sink, and with the addition of the oversized round mirror – the space feels much more open and wide.
Behind that curved wall and to gain more storage space in an area which could easily be ‘dead space’, I placed this super minimal and lightweight shelf stand, to house all our perfumes, colognes, make-up and beauty bits…
Only the pretty stuff on display (obviously).
I am a sucker for contrasting tiles – such as this classic metro style, combined with the geometric pattern – which I also love in contrast to the old and original wooden door.
Forever Aesop on our bathroom sink.
And that’s part one done! Still missing on this floor, is my walk-in-wardrobe, and then moving up to the top floor, where there are two more bedrooms and another bathroom. Thank you so much for popping by and having a sneak peek – the second part will be live shortly!
In the meantime – please leave me a comment with any questions you might have, or if you’re wondering where certain things are from – as not everything has been credited in the post. However lots of the original credits of the flooring, paint colours etc, are on the original Home Tour – so be sure to check that out too.
Photography by Lydia Collins