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

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5.13.2014

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?

Real Rooms: English Victorian Terrace (The Before, Part 1)

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5.08.2014

While I was in London for my birthday back in February (check out those photos here), I got to see the new house my sister and her (British) boyfriend just purchased! Its so charming with tons of character - a row house a few tube stops south of the Thames, over a hundred years old.

I'll share these pics (of it empty right when they moved in) in two posts, here's the exterior and downstairs...upstairs coming soon. This is also a cry for help! Neither my sister or her man Charlie are big design gurus. And they don't have a lot of furniture or accessories they love. So a lot about this place is a blank slate. I would love to help, but I'm way over here across the pond and don't know anything about British home sources. We'd love any input you have on anything really. And is there anyone out there reading (really I'm not sure who reads this blog anymore, never mind someone from another country!) who knows of any good English places (online or brick and mortar) to shop for this kind of thing? (So far we've got Ikea UK, Dwell and John Lewis). Thanks in advance!

{sorry Laura, your eyes are closed in this one but its the best shot of the house, lol!}
Here's the back of the house. They've got a great little backyard/garden. Future plans for the house include a "side return extension"...they'd basically be converting that part of the deck that runs along the side of the house into usable indoor living space by blowing out the wall you see here that the french door is on. The new wall of the kitchen would be moved over right up against the fence/property line there on the right.
 

Also in the works might be a "loft extension", since there's no where else to go but up, as Charlie's pointing out here:)


Upon entering the house, you're in a little hallway, with living room/lounge and dining room off to the left and kitchen at the back of the house.


The living room and dining room are open to each other and each one has its own fireplace, so there are actually 2 fireplaces on this one long wall. Here's the living room (love the plantation shutters that came with the place - that's the window at the front of the house). The molding detail is really cool and the floor boards are so wide!


Here's the other side of the room, the dining space. Oh look, another fireplace.  Don't you just wanna jump right in there and style those mantels!!! #nerdalert


Here's the kitchen as it is now...white cabinets, butcher block counter tops, magnetic backslash (and just a smidge of white subway tiles), with quirky little eat in/shelf area and tons of potential!


Awesome, right! Congrats again, Laura and Charlie! I can't wait to go back:) Pics of the upstairs coming soon. Again, feel free to chime in on anything here!

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