When I found out that I was through to the shortlist for the Amara IBAs I basically wrote off the idea of being able to go to the Awards Ceremony, much to my disappointment. It was during half term and I couldn’t really afford/justify the cost of travelling up and staying in London, I had my boring sensible head on, I hate that head. But, when I mentioned to my parents that I’d made it to the finals, they told me that it must be fate, as they were doing a house swap with a friend’s son in Stoke Newington that week, so my accommodation was sorted and before I knew it my train ticket was booked, wahoo!
I had little to no expectations of the house, I wasn’t exactly in a position to dictate where I stayed, and was just excited to be having a few child free days away and a good party thanks to Amara. But when I rocked up to a Victorian mid terrace I soon realised fate or perhaps luck really were on my side for this trip.
I was staying in my dream age/ layout home, as I’ve said many a time, I crave high ceilings and original features and this house has plenty.
Immaculate cornicing in the living room, which has been knocked through to combine what traditionally would have been the dining room, forming a lovely big, spacious family area.
This vintage cupboard fitted perfectly here, behind the black leather Habitat sofa, beautiful storage can really make a room, everything is to hand, but hidden. I love the warm tone of the wood against the dark blue background.
This was in fact quite a dark room, as is often the case with this style of property, but I love how the owners have just gone with it, embraced things and chosen this beautiful dark blue. I left convinced I want to paint our living room a similar shade…now I’m home again I’m not quite sure, you know me and my white walls, but I’m not ruling it out either, I’ve asked my Mum to find out the name of the paint colour, but if I had to hazard a guess I might say Farrow&Ball Hague Blue? Stu’s going to love it if I do decide to go for it, NOT!
There was a brilliant little snug/ hang out room in the garden, for the kids. I love the glazed corner window.
In the hall upstairs was Cole & Son Woods wallpaper..
I didn’t photograph the whole house, that felt like an invasion of the owner’s privacy, but I wanted to share with you the lovely surprise that was this family home, it definitely added to the trip.
Lots more to come about my mini break, and of course THE FACT I WON AT THE AMARA AWARDS!!!!
….but today I’ve been catching up with my girls and giving them the attention they need after my brief absence. We headed to The Eden Project with a good friend, to let off some steam, though I was/am exhausted so we just mooched around, enjoying a beautiful sunny October day.
Stay tuned for London Part 2 soon, I managed to fit a fair amount into the 2 days I was in the big smoke!
Happy Friday lovelies xx