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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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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{Images via Patrick Butler-Madden}

Happy Friday!

I arrived back from beautiful Sri Lanka yesterday morning and although missing the warmth, the stunning scenery and lovely people there, I am also pleased to be back home with Coco and Lola and ready to get back to work. There are so many exciting plans for this year both with my work and with Little Miss Homes, the first of which is our new development project that is now well underway. It’s a stunning Victorian Villa in a South West London conservation area – I will share the before pictures with you next week!

For now I wanted to share these pictures of the master bedroom in our most recent project. We extended into the loft to and instead of splitting the space into two smaller bedrooms, we chose to create one large generous space, combining bedroom, en suite shower room and walk in wardrobe. The property is a 1930s house so there was a lot of height that we could use for the conversion,as well as being semi-detached so we could extend to the rear and the side, so you don’t have the cramped feeling you sometimes get up the roof. We designed the large windows to add character to space and to create a slightly New England feel, which is a style I am just loving at the moment.

The colour palette was chosen to create a sense of serenity and calm with plush carpet, marble tiles in the bathroom and a walk in wardrobe adding a bit of glamour to the space. The dressing table and mirror were chosen to compliment the 1930s origin of the house. 

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 information.

Have a gorgeous weekend and see you next week.

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{Photography by Butler-Madden Photography}
GET THE LOOK: Walls are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball, the mirror above the sink are from a Swedish Boutique, Betsy Dressing Table is from Graham & Green. The large floor mirror is from An Angle At My Table. The marble bathroom tiles are from Fired Earth and the carpet is from a range at The Carpet Bureau in Battersea.

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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{Photography by Patrick Butler-Madden}

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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