I put my life and soul into renovating and restoring the rather sad and dilapidated 1860's terrace.
The poor unloved house hadn't been a home for years - it was operating as a garden shop downstairs and a series of offices upstairs. It didn't have a kitchen or laundry.
Here is my home
The entrance hall
and looking the other way into the house
I numbered the stairs - all 39 of them!
here you can see into the new kitchen. I reinstated the original fireplace ( I had always wanted a big kitchen with an open fire in it)
Here are some more of the numbered stairs. The house has 3 levels and a basement ( which my twins called the dungeon)
here is a before photo - the garden shop
my living room - wearing its Winter Look
I removed a wall on the left to open up the space and let more light into what was once a very dark hallway.
Here is the Summer Look
The sofa facing the garden and blue stripe Ralph Lauren cushions. The red persian rug removed and replaced with a pale cowhide
looking out to the garden
The tiny courtyard garden
here is a before of what is now the kitchen -this is when it was the garden shop.
and after - the kitchen - with my dream a fireplace in the kitchen!
I kept the light fittings due to my tight budget. I would have loved to have put some vintage pendant lights in here over the table.
and here it is after the renovation
I kept the white painted floors in this room due to my tight budget. I had originally planned to sand and stain the floors a dark black/ brown like the floors I did throughout the rest of the house - glad I didn't go dark in this room . My bedroom became my sanctuary throughout a very difficult time in my life.
all light , white and heavenly
my dressing room - with a small antique French table
I then changed the table for a mirrored chest of drawers for more storage
here is a close up of the Great Gatsby wallpaper
Sorry, some of the photos have the locations agency logo on them. When I finished renovating the house had it's own agent! and was used for photo shoots for magazines, advertising campaigns and a movie!
The house has now sold.
On to a new era!