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.


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It’s September and there is a distinct feeling of Autumn in the air – I love this time of year, it always gives me that ‘back to school’ feeling and I have to resist buying a new pencil case to celebrate! Perfectly fitting with the time of year, we are starting work on our new project; a beautiful Victorian house in a Conservation Area in South-West London. 

The house is currently split into two flats so our first challenge is to get planning permission to convert back into a single dwelling. We have spoken with the council, who say that this fits with their plans for the area, so fingers crossed the application will go smoothly. Once that’s happened we will then start work on a full refurbishment and rear extension to create a lovely kitchen and dining area.


Here are some initial pictures of the house – I’m so excited to bring it back to it’s best – so many beautiful features and so much potential…

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These pictures are of the master bedroom in a project that I recently completed in Battersea. It’s possibly my favourite bedroom to date as I loved the light airy space; it is a West facing room so the sunshine floods in during the day and the soothing colour palette that we chose helps to make it a calming and serene space to relax in day or night.

The art deco accents give the space character; the wallpaper, chandelier and walnut dressing table all were inspired by my love of the 1920s. I loved working with the original features in the room as well as reinstating them where they had been taken out; the fireplace we moved from another room to reinstate this important feature in the master bedroom. In Victorian houses all living rooms and bedrooms would have had a fireplace, as it was their only form of heating. They are usually very decorative and unique, like the one in these pictures.

The cornicing and ceiling rose were also carefully stripped back and then repainted to give a fresh clean finish and I added a number or mirrors for further accentuate the light in the space and reflect the beautiful wallpaper throughout.

The carpet we chose is a super luxurious bamboo blend, which I adore and will definitely be using again. It’s a great way to differentiate between the master bedroom and other bedrooms, as well as adding a bit of luxury to the space.

The before picture of the room is below – 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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GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, Art Deco Wallpaper is by Tapet Cafe. Mirrors are from An Angel At My Table and Graham & Green, the dressing table was made by our carpenter from walnut parquet flooring and the 1920s dressing table mirror was from eBay, but similar are available from online vintage store Loop the Loop.


























It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on our latest project, so once again on a quiet Saturday afternoon while P is away working, I am catching up on admin and blogging!

These are the pictures taken seven weeks ago when Spring had almost sprung; the roof came off the house just in time for the good weather! Our team are brilliant and have been working like troopers to bring the project in on time – all being well there are six weeks left to go! At the start of the project they spent almost two weeks clearing the front and rear gardens, removing a WWII bunker from the back garden, before creating a trench for the flood water to disappear into as the garden was pretty waterlogged.

Finally we were able to get started on the construction of the loft extension. As you can see from the pictures, this really left the house open to the elements but we were extremely lucky with the weather and except for a couple of days the rain held off. I will update you again next week with some more pictures – the roof is now back on and the new windows will arrive this week, which we are very excited about. It will be lovely to see the house start to take shape again!

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