It’s a good job we’re more about the room analysis than the househunting as this beauty is retailing for a lipsmacking £2.4m via The Modern House but it’s lovely space and definitely worth a poke about. And anyway, what am I saying, all you subscribers might be squillionaires for I know. In which case, do invite the rest of us round for a cocktail when you move in won’t you? There’s space for a good party here.
I was drawn in by the lovely soft neutrals of this dining space but the dark wooden bench stops it being too namby pamby and gives it a bit of edge. Also, it’s taken me a while to work out, but I think I like the bench that works for both the table and the breakfast bar. Do you? I’m worried it takes too long to understand it, but then I got up very early this morning, it could just be brain fatigue.
I love the picture over the table too and that’s a really good idea to, ahem, copy. If you’ve taken a really great photograph then printing it in sections like this and framing them all looks fantastic and somehow more dramatic than just one large picture. It’s that annoying word that designers use: considered. It basically means you thought about it rather than just sticking it on the wall.
Moving across the rest of the room – rug zoning. I might have gone bigger but this one has created a seating area that is distinct from the rest, although is potentially sofa island as opposed to just coffee table island. Right idea though and that curving lamp is definitely a good idea. There are a lot of straight lines in this room and you need to add a few curves. Also, if you do have a large open plan space and want pendant lights in one part then you don’t want to end up with a forest of them hanging down all over the place. So in this room they have those cage pendants over the table – which don’t interfere with the picture behind – and floor lamps elsewhere.
I also wanted to show you this image for the shelving. Most of us won’t need, or have space for, something as large as this as a room divider, but it’s a good home for the telly. Imagine if it was painted dark grey – the telly would vanish and the objects would really stand out. You could create a smaller version if you have alcoves either side of a fireplace. Because you aren’t hanging your tv over the mantelpiece are you?
Another clever idea in the bedroom. All the storage is behind the bed so a) you don’t have to look at all the things you couldn’t be bothered to put away last night…. and yes I’m pretty sure that’s most of us and b) you can lie in bed and look at the view without having to look past last night’s clothes strewn on the floor. I have done this in my bedroom and I can confidently tell you that it works as a tactic. At first glance the bedroom is a zen like oasis of calm. Behind the wall…..
So it’s worth looking at this room from the other end. Book storage and a shelf – you could add a couple of lamps on there for reading at night and to put the phone when it’s charging and all that sort of thing. Then there’s a dressing table – you could put a mirror on there and photographs. Perhaps they do when the photographer isn’t coming round. Then behind that the wardrobe itself. Granted you need a long room to get all that in – I have the wardrobe and the bed but there would’t be room for more than that. If you want to see the measurements and dimensions of mine to see if you have room then it’s here How to Create a Walk-Through Wardrobe. Mind you my room has a fireplace and this doesn’t so do adapt the measurements slightly if you fancy this kind of arrangement.
Finally, the bathroom. I just rather liked it. The wall to wall metro tiles look like whitewashed bricks and give it an industrial feel. There are more bedrooms and bathrooms over on the Modern House (link at the top) if you fancy a full on look round or to, er, put an offer in.
I hope this has given you some ideas and tips for your own spaces. Have a lovely weekend and if you want more Mad Updates, you can always check out my instagram. Otherwise, I’ll see you on Monday for 10 Beautiful Rooms.