Real Rooms: English Victorian Terrace (The Before, Part 2)


Cheerio! I'm back with the photos of the upstairs of my sister's new house (a very old Victorian Terrace south of the Thames) in London. For the downstairs and exterior pics, click here.

At first I was excited because the runner on the stairs reminds me of a fun Dash and Albert stripe...but then you get upstairs and realize that this stuff is everywhere!

Maybe its a little much?

{Layout wise...that's the master bedroom at the front of the house and second/guest bedroom in that door on the right}
{third bedroom/study at back of house and the only bathroom off to the left}

Guess what is not too much that the upstairs has though? More fireplaces!! Here's the master bedroom at the front of the house. This really pretty bird wallpaper is just on this one wall. Anyone recognize this pattern? A designer friend who was coincidentally touring the house while I was said that it might be hand-stamped...that'd be awesome!

There's literally like no closets in this house. Is that an English thing? These wardrobes make up the storage in the master, but neither of the other bedrooms have them.

Here's the guest room right next door. Another fireplace! Another mantel to decorate:) These recessed areas on either side have so much potential! Swap out the shelving for something with more contrast and texture? Rip them out entirely and add built in wardrobes? Fit a dresser or desk underneath? Any ideas?

Down the hall is the bathroom, which the previous owners renovated. Its bright and modern with a tub/towel warmer and stall shower.

At the back of the house is the smaller third bedroom which Laura and Charlie will probably use as an office or something. The wide floor boards are painted white in here:) Love the tall baseboard trim throughout the house, I so wish we had that everywhere in our home. There's also another accent wall of wallpaper, this metallic tree print.

Thanks for coming along on the tour! I love this place, it has so much charm and character and loads of potential:) Like I mentioned last post, we are desperately looking for some good British sources for furniture, accessories, anything home decor related. One reader (hi, Denise!!!) suggested reading blogs of home decor enthusiasts living in England! Such a good idea...duh, why didn't I think of this myself!? Do you guys know of any good UK blogs?


  1. What an absolutely darling place! Wish I was more tuned into the local resources.... but I am sure a goggle search could yield a few! Have fun being the decorator!

  2. Such a cute house. I tried to comment on your last post but I don't think my phone was playing nice. I just moved back to the UK after 8 years in the States, so I'm still figuring out good places to shop. So far, though, I'd recommend checking out Laura Ashley & Heals, as well as the home sections in Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and even some of the supermarkets like Tesco. We also have a West Elm and an Anthro here (only stores in London, but they ship all over).
    I blog at and I also love Haven't found any other UK design blogs yet, although I'm sure there are lots!
    Hope that helped a little! xo

  3. Oh also OKA,,, and Joss & Main (UK site).


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