Well last week’s property went down like a lead balloon didn’t it? Hopefully you’ll like this week’s choices better. This is De Montalt Mill, in Bath, which is a four bedroom maisonette about ten miles from Bristol and is on the market for offers in excess of £850,000.
You get the ground and lower ground floors for that as well as the south-facing garden, two parking spaces and a garage. But never mind all that technical details, come inside for a look. And I love this space below don’t you? It’s just off the kitchen and I love the whitewashed brick walls and wooden cladding. The soft blue at the far end just gives it character (you know I’m going to say paint the sodding radiator) and the old furniture works perfectly.
Mind you, modern furniture will also work really well as a contrast. As long as you get the right modern furniture. I love the room below with painted walls which work so well with the grandfather clock, and the dark window frames which, ahem, frame the view so well. I’m going to move swiftly past those chairs for fear of offending but the rest of the room is a good balance of vintage and modern.
From this end you can see what a great space it is. I think the bookshelves would work better if they either matched the walls or were open rather than being glassed in. There’s something wrong about putting books behind doors, unless they’re ancient and priceless and all that. I think every room should have books in and the books should feel accessible and inviting. That’s why I don’t hold with colour co-ordinating your books. It stops it being an invitation to browse and turns it into an interior styling moment. Style the cushions not the books.
Shall we move on? This is a five bedroom terrace house in Bath that is for sale with Knight Frank for £2,000,000. The owners here are also fond of a grey blue shade – I imagine it varies depending on how your computer is calibrated so we won’t obsess too much over the colour here.
Mind you when a house is this pretty on the outside you know you can do great things with the inside. This is a great table and chairs, which would work so well in the house above. It just brings character to a room and also looks like a table where families have sat down and chatted and eaten and spent time together so it’s adding to the story of the house.
I think the room lacks a little definition and I would change the pendant lights to black or really dark grey and the same with the wall clock. That would just anchor the space a little better. But it’s fundamentally a great place.
This sitting room is a great room; large with high ceilings, a marble fireplace and tall windows. But the furniture isn’t working hard. The pendant light isn’t strong enough to make a statement, the furniture is too loosely grouped around the rug with no focus so it looks like you’re waiting to play charades. Put the sofas facing each other with a coffee table between. Change the chairs for something a little less upholstered and with a little more wood. Or, if you want the sofas like that for telly-watching, consider a narrow console table behind with a couple of lamps on so you don’t need to use the pendant in the evening. That would bring a little height to the arrangement – alternatively you could put a standard lamp between the chairs and the sofa for the same effect.
Most rooms are fine, it’s just the little tweaks that make all the different. The finishing touches if you like. When you’ve arranged your sitting room so that it works for you stand back and cast a critical eye. Are there variations in height? Are there different light sources in different parts of the room? Are there personal touches like books and plants? It is all too matched? Can you ring the changes with different cushions? Is there some black and I don’t mean the telly? Is there some metallic to add texture and bounce the light. Answer all those questions and your room will be improved.
And with those thought I shall leave you for the weekend. You can, as ever, catch up on Instagram. I shall be celebrating a terribly significant birthday and entertaining my mother in law. Not on the same day. I shall see you here on Monday.