When we viewed our house for the first time we were immediately struck by the wonderful wide, light filled hallway and we knew straight away that this house was the one. We’d been searching for the perfect project home for nearly two years and had seen so many dark and narrow London terrace houses that I thought we were never going to find what we were looking for.
The hallway like the rest of the house had been stripped of all its period charm and was in need of a serious style overhaul. But the beautiful light and the interesting architectural lines were obvious despite the overwhelming floral wallpaper plastered everywhere – including the cloakroom door!
Over the past 6 months we have been working hard to transform the space – mostly by ourselves. The floors have been stripped and painted, walls re-plastered and period features reinstated. When we eventually undergo the big building work to extend the house, the floor will be replaced with white oak floorboards and the stairs carpeted with a grey wool runner but for now this is our transitional space, a homemade-halfway-hallway and we love it!
Below are some before and after pictures of our DIY hallway makeover, please excuse the dark & grainy iphone before pics. I’d love to hear what you think.
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Armadillo & Co Marigold rug – £350 Caravan.
I’d been trying to track down this rug in the UK for a long time. I’d seen it featured in so many magazines but could only seem to find it via Australian stockists & I was loathed to pay the extortionate shipping costs without first seeing it in the flesh. I finally found one at brilliant interiors shop Caravan, owned by interiors stylist and author of Modern Vintage Style Emily Chalmers. The lovely Emily sells an eclectic mix of vintage style home wares and accessories online and from her East London studio near Columbia Road.
Gubi Ronde Pendant – £315 The Conran Shop
This striking pendant by iconic design house Gubi has a powder coated matt finish which gives it an almost cermaic like quality. It come in various sizes.
Circles Print Rebecca Hoyes £35 Habitat
DIY Coat hook handmade from salvage materials bought at LASSCO