Our Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Before I go into any detail about this renovation, I just want to first talk about this photo…this was the first time I realised that I might be onto something with renovation and design. I had shared this photo on Pinterest after finishing the house and it then picked up by Apartment Therapy and saved over 40,000 times, which was amazing! I have totally lost count of the amount of times I’ve been asked about the Vogue print and where people can get one (it was drawn for me as a commission from a friend) and I guess this was the moment that I decided to confidently share more of my work and start an Instagram account etc. Even though this was taken in 2013, so only six years ago, it feels like a lifetime since then as so much has happened, but I will always adore this photo, this bedroom and this house. It’s probably my favourite of all we’ve done to date as it was the first time I had the chance to test my creativity and so will always have a very special place in my heart.

But for now onto the renovation journey – I left you last time when we have just finished our second cottage in the Shaftesbury Estate (your can also read part 1 in Mallorca here). Meanwhile we had bought this house, a three bedroom Victorian terrace just off Clapham Common, to work on as a renovation project, but also for us to live in.

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

When we finished our second cottage in the Shaftesbury Estate, the plan was for our team to move straight onto our house, to try and get the loft extended and the work completed before Christmas. However just before we finished work on the second cottage, we had a few issues with our building team. The main builder had been upsetting the others and it turned out that he hadn’t actually been doing much work – he was the main contact and liaised with us as he spoke the best English, but it transpired that as a result he spent all day doing very little, which obviously frustrated the rest of the team. It was as if he felt that he could get away with it as they wouldn’t be able to work without him because of the language barrier. To cut a long story short we called his bluff – we fired him and decided to try and continue with the rest of the team, who were all so hard-working and great people.

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

And so we ended up in mid-October starting work on our own home, having to mainly communicate with drawings! Not to be totally recommended, but we did get there (our structural engineer happened to also be Polish and speak perfect English, so that definitely helped!) We did spend the best part of the winter living huddled in one bedroom, with bare floorboards and a mattress on the floor. It was so dusty and a bout of flu combined with a major operation for Coco, certainly made it memorable! There was dust everywhere and I’m not sure I would like in another property whilst doing such major works, but you live and learn…

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Nevertheless, we got the work done on time and on budget and were absolutely thrilled with the result. It was the loveliest, sunniest home and I still now miss the location – just a stone’s throw from Clapham Common and I have such fond memories of early morning walks in all seasons and coffees by the Victorian Band stand.

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Although the plan wasn’t to sell as quickly as we did, we made the mistake of getting some agents around to value the house – we were pleasantly surprised by what they said (and one of them knew a couple who they thought would buy it off market), so the deal was done.

We were sad to leave such a happy home, but found a very sad looking house on the border of Balham and Streatham that needed some serious TLC, so decided to move on to that instead…but more on that in my next instalment.

Laura x

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Laura Butler-Madden's Property Renovation Journey: Part 3

Images by Patrick Butler-Madden 

28 Comments

  1. Marlene Campbell February 4, 2019 / 3:59 am

    Your taste is impeccable, Laura. What an exquisite home!

  2. Diana March 11, 2019 / 10:39 am

    Fabulous home! Could you please let us know which colour of paint you used on the walls in your bedroom?

    • Laura Butler-Madden March 17, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      Hi Diana,
      Thank you! It’s Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball.
      Laura x

  3. Ali March 27, 2019 / 2:28 pm

    Gorgeous neutrals. What is the bedroom wallpaper please? Also which colour is the bathroom? I love the richness of it. What a lovely blog to have stumbled upon. You have a great eye x

    • Laura Butler-Madden April 1, 2019 / 8:07 am

      Thank you so much! The bathroom is painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball. The wallpaper in the bedroom is by Tapet Cafe.
      Laura x

  4. Katy April 7, 2019 / 7:01 am

    Hi Laura, just stunning! What a fabulous renovation. What colour did you paint the bathroom walls?

    • Laura Butler-Madden April 10, 2019 / 7:47 am

      Thank you! The are painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball. One of my favourite colours! Laura x

  5. Fatima April 9, 2019 / 5:26 pm

    Hi Laura, just came across your website. Amazing inspo! Just wondering who you had your hallway carpets fitted by with the runner style cater on your stairs too! Looks amazing 🙂

  6. Sara April 9, 2019 / 9:57 pm

    Amazing! Where did you find the ceiling lamp in the bedroom? Too die for!

  7. sithara April 11, 2019 / 7:10 am

    These are the perfect interior design for a home. It’s like a dream house of anyone. Also these designed houses shows the luxuriousness by their amazing interior design.

  8. Mia April 16, 2019 / 9:57 pm

    Hello

    Your home is amazing!!!

    Please could you let me know what colour you used in your living room please?

    Mia

  9. Helen Powell May 25, 2019 / 2:20 pm

    I just adore what you’ve done with this house, Laura, especially the kitchen. Could you tell me the colour you painted your kitchen units and, also, are they the original floorboards or did you lay Amtico or Karndean or similar?
    Thank you for all your blogs.
    Helen

    • Laura Butler-Madden May 27, 2019 / 7:39 am

      Hi Helen
      Thank you so much, I’m so pleased you like it!
      We were on a tight budget for this one and do you know the units were pre-painted from Howdens – I think just their white (though a little cream in reality). We sourced our own worktop, taps and handles etc to make it feel more bespoke.
      The flooring was from Natural Wood Flooring in Wandsworth
      Laura x

      • Helen June 15, 2019 / 10:07 am

        Thank you Laura – that is so helpful. I would never have guessed that it was a Howdens kitchen.
        It is inspiring! Thank you so much.

  10. Blueprint Joinery July 17, 2019 / 8:56 pm

    Hey Laura, I’ve just come across your website on Pinterest and your renovation is looking great! It was unfortunate that you had to depart such a lovely property. How’s the new house/project shaping up?

    • Laura Butler-Madden July 25, 2019 / 10:50 am

      Thank you – it was very hard to leave, but we knew we were in the wrong location…we are still looking for something else and hopefully will have something to share soon!
      Laura

  11. Isabel Brown July 19, 2019 / 5:22 pm

    Hi Laura I have just discovered your site while searching for ideas for an old Arts and Craft house we have just bought. Budget is tight because we need to do so much.I just loved how you have pulled such different properties together and brought out the best in each with your lovely taste. Can I ask where you purchased the fantastic sofas in the livingroom and also the artwork above the sofa. It all just ties in beautifully. Thank you for sharing and for being so generous in answering all our questions.

    • Laura Butler-Madden July 25, 2019 / 10:51 am

      Hi Isabel
      Thank you so much for your message – how lovely to own an Arts and Craft house, exciting!
      The sofas are from Sofa.com (Bluebells) and the artwork is by one of my favourites – the lovely Jessica Zoob.
      Laura x

  12. Alice July 28, 2019 / 11:29 pm

    Hello, I have just found your fab blog – please may I ask where your corner dressing table is from? Many thanks!

    • Laura Butler-Madden July 29, 2019 / 12:15 pm

      Thank you Alice! Our joiner made the dressing table out of parquet flooring pieces.
      Laura x

  13. Rose September 11, 2019 / 8:51 am

    Hello! Beautiful photos! I am painting my bedroom F&B Cornforth White, and I think it’s largely due to your bedroom here as inspiration. I’m struggling to find a carpet I like to go with it, though – what did you use in this bedroom? I think I’ve read Lano Bamboo Luxe elsewhere… in silver? Did you like the effect in person? It looks like perhaps it shows footprints quite clearly.
    Thank you for your advice!

    • Laura Butler-Madden September 12, 2019 / 2:17 pm

      Hi Rose
      I’m so pleased you have chosen Cornforth White, it is such a calming colour.
      I did love the Bamboo Luxe, but it did leave marks after you walked on it and I can’t say how well it would wear in the long term, as we sold the house after a year.
      Crucial Trading have some lovely sisal or sisal/wool blends that work well with Cornforth.
      Laura x

  14. Isabel Brown September 12, 2019 / 3:27 pm

    Hi Laura I just love this whole reno and you were kind enough in a previous post to tell me that your bedroom wallpaper was Charlotts Fan. I just loved the look and managed to get 2 samples but neither look like yours, or of course it could be just the light. The samples are a dark colourway which is gold and the light which is called chalk. Can you tell me which you used to blend so well with the Cornforth white? The chalk is very pale but the gold sample I have seems different. Also is the paintwork done in brilliant white or is a complimentary white to the F+B main walls paint.? Thank you one again for being so generous with your advice. Just love your work.

    • Laura Butler-Madden September 16, 2019 / 9:47 am

      Hi Isabel
      I’m sure that ours was the Chalk and it looks so lovely with Cornforth White. I just used All White by Farrow & Ball on the doors, skirting etc.
      Good luck and if you have any other questions feel free to ask.
      Laura x

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