Flipping through the pages of House Beautiful and Veranda magazine fills me with a pleasure induced euphoria which soothes my soul and tells me that all is right with the world. Living in a house where I had removed interior walls, pulled down ceilings leaving electrical cables hanging down and pits in the floor where walls used to be tends to have the opposite effect. I became a demolition crazed lady when my husband moved out. Not for me a cathartic re-painting of walls-I knocked them down! I removed a downstairs toilet, 5 interior walls, two ceilings and all the lights in one room alone!
Creating tranquility out of the chaos has taken time, but the house is just beginning to be a rubble-free zone. And yes, in my dream world I would have loved a Chalon kitchen and utility room, but I have shown that it really is possible to create a similar look with some vintage finds, some paint, a few lengths of wallpaper and some quirky style.
Working on a very slender budget means that nothing comes easy, but the results are an individual interior which reflects the people who live there. All the furniture in this room was yellow pine and I ‘pickled’ the table top and painted everything else. Look at it now- the colours just sing!
And how did I ever live without a gate in my house? Just propped against the wall for verve and colour, I LOVE it!