Small and Homely
Many of us with growing families, would love nothing more than to live in a large property. A property with endless rooms and storage space.
To us, the mix of old and new makes for a family home.
Serendipity Loves Homes
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We are fortunate our properties have most of the original features retained – including wooden doors, cast-iron fire places, beamed ceilings, quarry tiled floors, leaded light windows, original stained glass panels, pantry (with slate cooling slab), iron door furniture – to name but a few. The Arts and Crafts movement and style, is one of our favorites and we feel incredibly fortunate to live in a period style home.
We love nothing more than to pass on these tips.
1. Lighting and Mirrors
Placing a mirror on the wall opposite a window helps to reflect light into the room. Mirrors also add depth and space to a room through their reflections.
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Both the use of light walls and large round mirror help to reflect the natural light in this hallway.
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The large mirror over the fire place helps to reflect the natural light from the window in this narrow living room. During the evening the table lamp and the wall lights placed on the opposite wall to the mirror, are reflected to help bring a soft light to the room. This room has also been decorated and furnished in neutral tones.
2. Office Space
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The console table used in this living room has a fold down leaf, this make it multi purpose. Providing and option to use as a desk or table when required.
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We solved our problem by buying the Ikea Norrasen Laptop table (above more details here) – this is more the size of a console table. Placed in our guest bedroom it doubles up as a dressing table. The space for the laptop wires in the side is very practical and works within the space we have.
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We opted for the Little White Company Furniture designed for children. The wardrobe doubles up as a linen/fabric cupboard. Because this furniture is designed for children, it is smaller in size and is not floor to ceiling in height. We have room on the top for hat boxes and fabric covered storage boxes.
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This nursery is in a small room and the use of cupboards under the windows for storage instead of using a wadrobe makes the space look bigger.
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This small WC room has made use of using a dark colour on the top and white on the bottom. This together with the horizontal placing of the ship lap helps to make this room look longer. This room would look very different if the darker colour was used throughout.
Lighter colours with light undertones on the walls and ceilings are often a better solution for smaller rooms. Splashes of colours can be added through soft furnishings.
5. Window Dressing
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Both of the use of the shutters and blind in the above interior designs provide maximum natural light from the windows without them being overly cluttered with window dressings.
One of the things we nearly all need is storage space. Adding floating shelves, shelving in an alcove or across a wall can provide a great feature to display books, treasured items or photographs.
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The use of the shelving in these designs highlight overhead or wall space which would otherwise be unused. They provide an option for both storage and displaying items.
We have rain scheduled for the weekend here. Rain stops play on the garden preparation. We are close to planting out, and a blog on our progress to date.
Enjoy your weekend,
Serendipity Loves x
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