Here are some pictures of the most decadent master bathroom that I have designed to date – it also happens to be my bathroom at home! It’s the place where I start and finish my day; yoga in the morning (I’ve recently discovered Yoga with Adriene and love her teaching style) and winding down in the evening after a busy day with a long hot bath. 

Creating spaces at home where you can truly relax and feel pampered is so important. Yes a space needs to also be functional, but there is no reason that function and beauty can’t always go together!

For this room I took a large guest bedroom to convert into the bathroom and create a beautiful and indulgent master suite. I have always wanted to have Victorian-style double doors between a bedroom and a bathroom and this house had the perfect proportions to do so. 

I commissioned a local joiner to make the doors as well as these beautiful wardrobes – it’s a style I had admired for a long time – having mirror panelled doors really reflects the light in this north facing room and the detailing on the doors really helps to create the luxurious feel I was going for.

I am really pleased with the completed look – it really is a truly indulgent and relaxing space to hide away from the stresses of daily life. If you would like to try and re-create the look at home then scroll to the bottom of this post for supplier details.

Have a great week!

LBM
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GET THE LOOK: Victorian style bath and double console basin from Heritage Bathroom, solid oak parquet in Seashell from Fired Earth, Georgica Pond marble tiles also from Fired Earth, joinery from a local carpenter, but similar available from The Heritage Wardrobe Company, reclaimed fireplace from Ebay, Roberts Radio from John Lewis, Vogue print painted for me by a friend, please email me for details, Slim Aarons print above the fireplace, similar available from Surface View, glass orb chandelier from The White Company.

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I’m so excited to share these pictures of my latest project in South-West London with you. We bought  this beautiful Victorian villa-style home in a Conservation area on the border of Balham and Streatham as two tired flats that had been tenanted for a number of years. 

We took a bit of a risk, as we knew that we wanted to convert the property back into a single home, but to get formal advice from Lambeth Council would have taken months! We had to make a decision on whether we would risk the possibility that they would say no, but on balance the house was so stunning and had so much potential we thought it was a risk worth taking!


Luckily all went smoothly and once the house was purchased we quickly got the approval that we needed and set to work removing the stud walls and returning the house to its former glory. These houses in the conservation area, are all unique and were designed by a well-known architect in the 1870s for wealthy Victorians, who kept houses in this area as country homes on the edge of the city. In those days Streatham was considered the West End of the south with lovely green open spaces, large houses with even larger gardens, as well as theatres, upmarket shops and ballrooms. 


It was such a pleasure to work on this property and bring it back to life. Beautiful original fireplaces were stripped back, cornice repaired and replaced and the stunning staircase patched and restored. We also extended to the rear of the house to create a lovely large open plan kitchen, dining and living area. The work took just over nine months and now it is so lovely to see it once again as a beautiful family home.


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

This week I want to share some pictures of a kitchen I designed in a South-West London home last year. The Victorian Terrace property had a side return extension to maximise the space to the rear as these houses are quite narrow and it can be a bit of a squeeze to fit in the kitchen/dining room that modern living aspires to without extending to the side or the rear. In terms of layout, we wanted a large island, so designed that to include various units as well as a wine rack and fridge. I kept the colour scheme neutral and fresh, using an off white marble for the kitchen tops, which complemented the Carrara on the table perfectly.

I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous weather we are having at the moment!


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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

Following on from my post a few weeks ago where I shared a master bedroom that I designed for a Victorian house in Battersea, I would like to share the en suite bathroom I designed to go with it, which is one of the most decadent rooms I’ve ever worked on!

As with the bedroom, the main aim was to create a calming and decadent space where relaxation and indulgence were top priority! We took a good size double bedroom to create the bathroom and had two main options with the layout, the brief being to combine a luxury bathing space with storage and wardrobes. 

The first {and the one seen most commonly in SW London Victorian terraces} is to have a walk through wardrobe in the first half of the room and then a smaller en suite shower room behind. I chose to design the room differently as I felt a sense of space was key to the feeling of indulgence and decadence. We slotted the bath between the two double wardrobes and chose to not include a walk in shower as the house already had two.

I chose an elegant Designers Guild fabric for the blind, the birds on the pattern linking with the birdcage chandelier light. Keeping costs down, we used a simple white metro tile, and added a darker grey grout for more interest. Finally we made sure all fixtures and fittings were Victorian in style, including the radiator and taps.

If you would like to create a look similar to this in your home, then scroll to the end of the post for all the supplier info! 

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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, the mirrors above the sink are from a Swedish Boutique, Birdcage Chandelier Graham & GreenMirror on the wall by the bath is a family antique, but similar are available from online vintage stores and ebay. The wooden stool is from Lombok, wall tiles are from Walls and Floors.


I have decided after a lot of recent requests to talk a bit more on the blog about what I really do for work. As well as working as an interior designer, my husband and I work with a wonderful team of builders to develop properties. The reason I haven’t blogged about it that much up until now, is simply because I don’t think that the pictures are very pretty and probably not what you want to see. Writing about spreadsheets and mortgage finance has limited interest and I spend most days either paying bills or in Screwfix collecting something that they sadly forgot to deliver!  

This blog is my place to escape and enjoy the prettier side of the property business, but today I will share a little of what being a property developer involves…

  • The first and most important thing is finance as without that there would be nothing to develop…I have had to be extremely creative over the last 18 months about the financing of the projects as lending is incredibly tricky at the moment. My advice to any would-be developer is to either work with an extremely talented and trusted advisor for this, or to do it yourself as I am now doing. It does involve a lot of financial reading and research as well as a lot of time spent in meetings with banks, but it can be done and once your forge a couple of good relationships it all becomes a lot easier.
  • Then you have to find a project. In South-West London where we are working finding any property is a challenge, but finding something that has a healthy profit margin is verging on impossible. There is such a short supply and such a huge demand that most things are coming to the market and going to sealed bids within 48 hours…as a developer it’s even more challenging as you’re competing with people buying for their own home and to them the margins aren’t important, so they will pay more. On average I look at 2-3 properties a week that would be suitable for developing and put in an offer on most of them – the result so far this year is that we have been successful in getting one, which shows quite how competitive it is! We aim to do two a year, but have to look constantly as you just don’t know which you’ll be lucky with and which you won’t.
  • Once the property is under offer and you are close to exchange I then start work on the planning application and party wall agreements. It’s vital to do this as soon as possible – delays of even a few weeks are very costly. Mortgage payments start as soon as we own the property and waiting two months for planning approval, while no work is happening on site, is just not an option. These few weeks are always stressful as until you have the stamp of approval there are no guarantees!
  • Then building can start – we are lucky at the moment that we have a great team, but we have to keep them in work constantly as otherwise we could lose them to someone else and that job could take months, which would really mess things up for us. The building industry in London is booming at the moment and most contractors have spoken to recently don’t even have time to quote for new jobs, so we really need to hold onto our team!
  • During construction it is my job to source all materials, which involves a lot of time in places like Travis Perkins and B&Q – almost all the trades I deal with and source from are men. Building and construction is understandably a very male industry and I often go for days and days without seeing another woman, which is when working for myself and being able to meet up with a girlfriend for lunch or a coffee is a real bonus.
  • Finally all being well {and there are always a few nasty surprises!} the work is done and hopefully within the budget. This is another tense part when you get the agents in to value with all fingers and toes crossed that you have actually made a profit…there are no guarantees in this business!

As you can see from these pictures we have now made it as far as bullet point four on our current project and so far progress is good. We’re doing a loft extension, side return and rear extension as well as a first floor extension and full refurb and hope to finish by September.  Later this week I will show you pictures of one we did last year; exactly the same as this but the finished version.


Have a lovely day.

LBM
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