This week on 10 Beautiful Rooms we are celebrating northern style. When I worked in newspapers there were always compaints that the national press was too Londoncentric. It wasn’t always completely accurate as a lot of the big new stories do happen in the capital but I thought that today I would make a conscious effort to explore the top half of the country – via Instagram – and show you some fabulous homes north of the Watford Gap.
It’s true that it doesn’t matter where these rooms are as the internet has made everything in the world reachable at the click of a mouse but I know that many of the so-called northern blogs are setting up their own events in an attempt to lure the big brands and pr companies to visit them and I thought we might as well have a look ourselves.
Because there are some great spaces out there and I defy you not to be inspired…. Take these two bathrooms by the combined duo that is nohouserules, these must be two of the nicest bathrooms on instagram. I have shown you Amy’s before but she has since finished it the addition of these two bulkhead wall lights. Try Original BTC for similar although you can shop around for cheaper.
The dark and moody interiors of former model Cowboy Kate, who lives in North Yorkshire, will be familiar to readers of this page already but she’s gradually redecorating and this rather fabulous gold-leaf wall was a recent addition to her home. You might not want to do as much as this but it’s a fabulous trick to consider.
In Northumberland and dropping into the wonderful kitchen of Kerry Lockwood, whose vintage butcher’s block has me sighing with envy every time she posts it. No, perhaps it’s not entirely practical but I’m sure once you’ve learnt its ups and downs you can put a cup of coffee down without spilling it. I can barely put on down on a flat surface without mishap so I shall forever have to look and only admire
Moving down to York and the home of Lisa Dawson, whose image of her hall gathered nearly 10,000 likes. It’s the power of Down Pipe and Persian rugs methinks. But then I would say that wouldn’t I?
Next up Helen Powell, of designhunteruk, who lives in Leaminton Spa, perhaps not entirely north but she runs one of the most beautifully curated and understated accounts and, besides which, it’s definitely north of London so it goes in. And if I run a Midlands version of this, which I’m entirely up for doing – submissions below please – then I might even include her again. Her account deserves to be much bigger so follow her.
Moving back up to Leeds and work by Karen Knox, co-founder of the Interior Design Collective and guest blogger on these pages when she wrote about How to Plan Your Decorating Budget. This hall is painted in Farrow and Ball Worsted grey and Peignoir and the light came from a church.
And then to an account Beautiful Homes in the North dedicated to just that and run by Katie and Karen, who shoot homes for interiors magazines. This is
Finishing off with a quick look over the border to Scotland where lovely Fiona Cameron’s house has also featured on these pages before but that London Clay sitting room is always a winner for me.