We’ve been working super hard over the last few months to try and get the house in Dorset ready for us to move into in time for Christmas…these are pictures taken last week, which show that we are still  a little way away from completion, but we are positive about moving in at the end of this month and having it finished enough for a family Christmas! With a project of this scale there are always challenges, but so far we’ve actually been pretty lucky. No major horrors that we weren’t expecting, just a lot to do. 

Since I last shared pictures, a huge amount has changed. We have replaced the roof, ALL the windows and doors and re-plumbed and re-wired the whole house. We have also had to dig down throughout the ground floor in order to lay under floor heating pipes and then pour cement on top – six huge lorry loads! We now have a cosy, water-tight house with a lot of decoration to do before we move in in a few weeks’ time. 

For a lot of the rooms I designed the schemes a few months ago and it is now so lovely to watch them taking shape. The one space that I have found really tricky is the front hall. As you can see below I have tried a lot of different colours on the wall!

My initial instinct was to go for something fresh and blue, but when the samples went on they were too cold for the space. I then tried some warmer Farrow & Ball colours that I love and use often; Elephants Breath, Cornforth White, Purbeck Stone – they just appeared a little sludgy.

I am now trying green/grey and hope to make a final decision soon – La Seine by Zoffany is my current favourite – what do you think?! The reason it’s a very challenging space is because there are a lot of walls, all facing different directions and all getting different amounts of light, but hopefully I’ll get there soon!

I will share more updates with you in the next few weeks

LBM
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ps – Oh and the Aga is in! I am super excited about that!

{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}

I hope you’re all having a wonderfully festive December? It’s such a special time of year and I can’t wait to spend next week relaxing in the countryside with family and friends. 

In terms of Christmas decorations, this year I’ve kept it quite simple again with a white, silver and blue colour palette on the tree and have filled the rest of the house with fresh flowers instead of going overboard with decorations. I just love flowers at all times of year and think that you can make them work as festive decoration too.

Thank you all so much for your support on the blog this year – have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones and see you all in 2016. We will be starting a large project outside of London in January, which will be a big challenge, but also great fun to share with you on here – Happy Christmas!

LBM
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{Images by Patrick Butler-Madden}


I’m so thrilled to have one of my latest project in South-West London featured in the August issue of 25 Beautiful Homes, which in the shops now! 

I hope you’re all having a gorgeous summer, I have so many wonderful posts I’m desperate to share with you, but please bear with me as we’re mid house move! Once I’m settled I’ll be back online and can’t wait to share some sneak peaks of our new project before it gets started next month…

Back soon!

LBM
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We’ve been so lucky with the weather this Autumn – amazing blue skies and temperatures to rival the average British Summer, but today we finally get what we should expect from this time of year…rain, and quite a lot of it!

The only thing to do is to hide indoors and relax with the Sunday papers – or maybe take a leaf from Coco’s book and have a little snooze…

Enjoy!

LBM
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This year work has been crazy and as a result I have been sadly neglecting the blog, simply because the time is just not there to sit in a calm space and write!

I now have a bit of downtime as our builders have headed back to Poland for a well earned six week break, while P and I are settle into our new home having moved from Jedburgh Street a few weeks ago. I will share some photos of Jedburgh Street with you soon – in fact I have a lot of posts stored in my head that I can’t wait to share with you over the coming weeks and months as I’m hoping this downtime will allow me to write more as well as to do  some forward planning, so that I can maintain my posting during the hectic schedule of a building project!

Anyway, I have a short post today to touch base and introduce you to our new member of the family – the adorable Lola arrived yesterday. I can’t wait to share more pictures of her in future with of course Coco, who so far seems to love her new little friend!

LBM
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