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!

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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 am so excited to share the before pictures of a project very close to our hearts. P and I, along with our wonderful team, have been working for the past few months on this beautiful Victorian carriage house in the heart of the breathtaking Dorset countryside. It has been a hugely challenging, but we are really starting to make headway and see this historic building come to life again, which is both exciting and rewarding in equal measure. Prior to us taking it on, it had been divided up into three flats and lived in for a number of years without much updating taking place, so as you can see from the pictures, there was a lot to do!

Over coming weeks and months I will share updates on the work and I can’t wait to see the finished home, which we hope to be moving into in time for Christmas, if not a little earlier. Spending time in Dorset has been such a pleasure! One of the most beautiful counties in the UK, it’s where I was born and I actually grew up only fifteen minutes from this house. P and I were also both at school nearby, so it really does feel like coming home for both of us. 

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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.


LBM

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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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