Thursday, 31 August 2017

Getting The Basics Right In A Period Renovation...

Let's start where it's best to start: right at the beginning. Renovating a period house is all about getting the basics right. 

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Put the right building blocks in place and, step by step, you'll end up with a home that oozes character and charm.... 

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However, if you skip this important process, you'll end up with a house like any other new-build house. Yes, it may look nice but it will most certainly not resound with period loveliness.


To prove my point, in today's post, I've picked out some beautiful images of period homes but, instead of just giving them an appreciative glance, try and feast your eyes on the mouldings that bring these rooms to life.

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 I'm talking about the door surrounds (architraves), the panelling, the arches, the shutters.... 

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It's these little touches that make all the difference to the finished look.

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In our teenage boy's bedroom, many of the period features are, thankfully, already in place. There's a picture rail, good skirting boards, wooden floorboards and a large sash window. However, at some point the original door architrave has been removed (AAAAARGH!) and replaced by the awful sixties version.....


 It's not in any way connected to the end vision that I have for this room. Something must be done!!...Come back tomorrow and see what my solution has been...

Take Care until next time,
Sarahxx

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Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Before: Our Teenage Son's Bedroom!

Right, enough looking at pretty pictures for a second...onwards and upwards with my own home!! Do you ever get that feeling that it's time to stop looking at social media, pretty images on Instagram and the like, and actually focus on making your own world lovely? I've been getting that so much recently and I'm loving it!

This is the room we're cracking on with next....


The image is from before we moved but, apart from changing furniture a little, nothing has been done...until now!! 

It's our teenage son's room and we've had some long chats about how to make it work for him and for us...and a fantastic solution has been found!

Watch this space!!!

Take care until next time,
Sarahxxx

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Friday, 25 August 2017

50 INCREDIBLE Modern Country Attic Bathrooms

There are so many attic bathrooms that I see that are just a bit...meh. You know the sort I mean. There are so many humdrum, bog-standard loft conversions that you come away feeling 'seen one, seen 'em all'. But let me tell you , my Modern Country loving friends, you have not seen them all! Not by a long shot. Today, I've picked out 50 of my all-time favourite Modern Country attic bathrooms. Stunners, every single one.

modern country style attic shower

Attic bathroom Modern Country

 Modern Country shower room

Attic bathroom

Attic bathroom

Attic bathroom with exposed chimney breast

Attic bathroom gorgeous beams

Greige subway, skylight attic bathroom

Period style attic bathroom

attic bathroom with beams!

Some of these are from loft conversions, some are rooms up in the eaves. We have a top floor that is in the roofline but that still has attic above it  so is not a loft conversion per se but still has the benefit of those quirky ceilings and exposed beams.

New England style attic bathroom

 marble attic bathroom

country attic bathroom

Dashing bathroom with slanted ceiling and skylight

Creative blend of textures in the modern bath

White Attic Bathroom

How gorgeous is this attic bathroom!

Quirky attic bathroom

 Contemporary attic bathroom

 Tiled attic bathroom

So this post is kind of a selfish one! I'm thinking ahead, dreaming of the day when we can renovate the bathroom on the top floor and drawing inspiration a-gogo from these stunning spaces.

White Attic-space Bathroom with Boat Bath and Nautical Theme

Huge attic space with bathroom

Country Bathroom with Polished Floorboards and Freestanding Bath

-floor, vanity...Neptune Bathrooms

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Interiors by Anton & K

 Contemporary classic attic bathroom

 Vaulted ceiling attic bathroom

Attic family bathroom in a small space, with Osborne & Little Derwant koi carp gold fish wallpaper, Downpipe by Farrow & Ball cabinet, brass taps, metro tiles, gold and grey

William Holland Copper bath, beautifully set against a natural slate interior…

You'll see that one of the big issues to deal with is good lighting. when we updated the loft space conversion in our last home, one of the best moves we made was to replace the existing poky windows with large light-capturing windows from the VELUX roof windows shop. Excellent levels of light can completely transform a space, and prevent that closed-in feel.

 Stunning attic bathroom

Spacious and bright attic bathroom with soaking tub

Leopoldina Haynes attic bathroom

 Gorgeous Modern Country attic bathroom

The ensuite bathroom is positioned in the eaves above the kitchen and features original wooden beams. found the copper bath on Ebay for a fraction of what it should cost. The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe and the tiles are a mix of marble from Fired Earth, laid in a herringbone pattern, and patterned from Surface Tiles

Gorgeous attic bathroom

Luxurious traditional bedroom with sofa and bath

 Modern Country attic bathroom

 Modern Country attic bathroom

Smart Attic Bathroom with Picture Window and Sofa

Another top tip is to warm things up as much as you can. Loft conversions have a tendency to feel sterile and commercial unless your super careful,  Make the very most of quirky features to add chatacter and add cosiness through fabric, natural materials, and your own special style (Modern Country bathroom style, natch!!).

 Wood cladding in attic bathroom

Gorgeous attic bathroom with wood ceiling and brick floor

Attic bathrom with solid oak flooring, medieval oak A frames, toilet, large washbasin, illuminated vanity mirror and a traditional cast iron roll top bath.

attic shower/bathroom inspiration, love the light and color in the shower

dormer loft conversion project in South West London. Open-plan master bedroom suite flooded with light.

Airy Attic Bathroom

small attic bathroom decoration

 Modern Country Attic Bathroom

Attic bathroom

Gorgeous attic bathroom

In client projects, I often recommend trying to use the old beams taken down elsewhere in a loft conversion to add extra  age and texture to the attic bathrooms. Never mind if the builders look at you as though you're mad, follow this adivce and you'll soon be wallowing in your own glorious, private Modern Country attic bathroom sanctuary.

Take care till next time,
Sarahxxx

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