Hello on this Bank Holiday Monday. I can only assume that the storms clouds have gathered on the horizon and if it’s not already raining it will be about to do so – all the more reason so settle down with a cup of coffee and a stroll through this week’s edition of 10 Beautiful Rooms. This week we are keeping it real.
This is the home of Greg and Amy Penn, in Darlington, in the north east of the UK (where I’m certain it’s raining – I did my journalism training up there so I feel qualified to comment), who have been working hard for 18 months to renovate their four storey house. So far they have done the downstairs and one bathroom, the pictures of which I’m delighted to share with you here.
The house, a former dentist’s and flats is a Victorian terrace and they have had to rip the whole thing apart and start again. The sitting room is Dock Blue by Little Greene with Slaked Lime on the ceilings. Note matching doors and skirting boards and how fabulous it looks. Throw in the vintage rugs and plants and this is a house after my own heart.
The kitchen was designed by Greg and made by a local company for not much more than one of the chains wanted for “something hideous”. The couple have done all the work themselves apart from the structural work – steels and so on. But I can only imagine how long all the painting has taken. It took us about three months just to do our bedroom as we could only do it at weekends.
The bathroom is painted in Knightsbridge by Little Greene – another great colour. Greg acquired the bath for £25 on the basis that he would unplumb it from where it was originally installed and get it down the stairs – and up his own. This he did. He’s thrilled with it and its job as an impromptu jeans hanger as, like so many of us, the bath turns out to be a promise of spare time to come which never actually materialises.
That’s all from Greg’s house but we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this project to see how the rest of the house unfolds. If you want to see in real time (as it were) then do follow him on instagram where he’s known as @manwithahammer and I hope it gives you inspiration for your own homes or hope that it’s worth it in the end for those of you who are in the middle of a big renovation. My desire to find a room to panel is reinforced even further by seeing this.
Last week I wrote about Five Ways to Revamp Your Hall and if yours is narrow (like mine) then there’s no reason it cam’t have impact. I have long wanted vintage cinema seats in ours and here they are on the home of online store @homeplaceonline. Not only that there is a patterned floor for interest, the aforementioned vintage chairs, panelling and a gorgeous blue on the walls. Hallway heaven.
We’ve visited the sultry dark interiors of Cowboy Kate before but since we were last there she’s had a new dining room table which is not dissimilar to mine from Norr 11 and I’m not sure we saw her bathroom before. Again, more panelling but it’s more about the gold mirror and table in here. So decadent. I’m not sure Greg would be hanging his jeans over the side of this one.
Finally, she has appeared on these pages before but here is the work of super talented interior designer Karen Knox who has used this new wallpaper by Little Greene to such great effect in this bedroom. You can read all about how she did it here – it’s raining out there, you might as well – and in the meantime feast your eyes.
I hope you have enjoyed this edition of 10 Beautiful, but real, Rooms. They haven’t been styled for photographs or created with impossible budgets, just a lot of hard work and imagination and they’re all the better for that. If you have any questions for the owners then stick them below and I’ll see if I can get them to answer over the next few days.
Enjoy the rest of the day everyone.