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Hallway makeover

April 23, 2015
Hallway makeover

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.

Kate

 

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The shelf where good toys go to survive.

March 2, 2015

One of the first things I built when decorating the kid’s shared room was a long thin display shelf that runs the entire length of one wall. I really wanted to give them a special space to display their favourite toys, and add a focal point to the room. I find that having this small collection of toys constantly on display and easily accessible means that they are really treasured and get played with more often. The kids take pride in them and learn to keep them organised. It keeps the ‘good guys’ from being buried at the bottom of a toy box or down the back of the sofa. A few of our favourites currently sitting on the ‘shelfie shelf ‘ are:

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