Wednesday, 17 October 2012

House Tour: Modern Country Victorian Villa

Fancy a tour of a Modern Country Victorian villa? You're just in time!

In we come, to a smallish hallway, typical of this period. By keeping the woodwork and flooring white and using a large mirror to make the most of all that natural light pouring in through the front door, any feeling of pokiness is kept well at bay....though I'm not a fan of bare lightbulbs....

Then we come into the large kitchen dining room, which sets the tone for the rest of the house. The owners have used reclaimed items wherever possible. I love the large-scale dresser. 

  This villa has the standard Victorian layout but I love seeing how different owners of this type of house manage to create their own distinctive stamp on their home. 

Just look at the way the muted colour-palette runs right the way through the house. Predominately greige and white with accents of warm wood, the feeling of harmony leads you from one beautifully designed room to the next.

 On the other side of the hall is the living room, which contains one of my all-time favourite styles of sofa....the Howard. Those curvy arms, that sink-into-me back. I LOVE them and predict they'll be classics for all eternity. 

 The garden is a wonderfully informal take on a classically formal style. I think they've designed what is really a very small space indeed with utter panache, don't you?

 Let's return inside now and take a peek upstairs. 

Just look at this girl's bedroom! Rather topically, given my last three posts, they've combined a wooden sliegh bed with painted furniture. And doesn't it look pretty?

 I love the period style of the bathroom. The colour on the walls is heavenly. As an aside, I'm never quite convinced that roll-top baths are as comfy to soak in as they are beautiful to look at. I shall have to do extensive research!!

 Then up a mini flight of stairs...not forgetting to admire the turned spindles and mahogany banisters....

  to the Master bedroom....

All the rooms have lovely large windows and this is no exception...

 I think there's just time to put our feet up and share our thoughts together over a cuppa, And then I might take a little nap on that there chaise longue...bliss....

Images via The Shoot Factory

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Sherry said...

I love how this home has kept to the feel of the, in the past it would have been darker and dimmer and filled with cabbage roses (thinking back to the house of my great aunt!)...this neutral scheme keeps things flowing and light. And seeing this...has convinced me to continue the neutral in my own home. I just painting the living room/dining room (open plan L) in a lovely shade called "sculptor's clay" and had been thinking of extending it through the hallway in the foyer and up the stairs (a short 5 step flight)...and maybe even the kitchen! Thanks for sharing this one Sarah!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Sarah,
Wow, what a beautiful home and I love that the home owner used reclaimed items that's really big for me too.
The bed in the floral little girls room is so cool, really love that also.
I enjoyed the tour very much.
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Deborah said...

This is such a gorgeous house, even the garden is to my taste!

Bee happy x

Calypso In The Country said...

How pretty! I love how peaceful the spaces feel!

Casa Très Chic said...

And it's neutral, just the way I like.
Beautiful choice, as always.
Today we have an award for you in our blog.
Have a nice day.

Cassie Bustamante said...

what a beautiful home! love the kitchen and bedroom especially!

Susan T said...

What a lovely home with a cohesive decorating scheme throughout keeping it all together. Just one question, when can I move in?

lisaroy said...

What a cozy charming home! :)

Pauline Wiles said...

Great house, very restful.
I was somewhat surprised that the garden was my favourite part... but all the rooms worked for me!

Anne said...

Beautiful light in the rooms and love the kitchen furniture! said...

I could just plop myself down and move right in there. What a beautiful home. I think my favorite was the kitchen. I love kitchens :)

Meghan @ Wishful Thinking said...

Ok, I am in love! I think I could happily spend 100% of my time (even sleeping) in that gorgeous kitchen! x

Chi chi Furniture said...

What a beautiful home, really serene. I love the neutral tones and use of painted/accented furniture to complete each theme. Also, love the use of mirrors to make a room as light as possible, feature mirrors are often all you need to fill a large wall space. - thank you for the inspiration.

SImple and Serene Living said...

What a fabulous home. I love that fireplace.

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

This home is quintessentially English to my Canadian eyes - homey, Victorian, eclectic. And that sleigh bed!!! I've never seen one with such beautiful "arms". Although I must admit I would be worried that my little girl would knock them off during play time.

Fabulous, fabulous house.

Cindy said...

That's a beautiful house! I love the warmth, the colours and the windows.
Hugs, Cindy

Patricia @ 9th and Denver said...

Rather soft and oh so dreamy...if you ask me.
Looks comfy and cozy. Like a place to snuggle down.

...enjoy the wrap-up to your week.Pat

The Snowdrop Project said...

Hi sarah,
What a fabulous home.
Lots of lovely original features, plus some very desirable 'mod cons'!
In particular I love the original island unit in the kitchen.
Hope you and yours have a lovely week - half term soon?,

Unknown said...

That kitchen table! Love, love, love...

Travel With Lulu said...

Love the Smeg(?)refrig! I could dedicate a whole blog post to them :)

Mimi said...

I love the garden and that bed with the curvy posts was quite unusual The house was great, but that narrow hallway would give me claustrophobia I think.

dornrös*chen living now said...

dear sarah,
what a beautiful home! not "styled through & through", but very personally, full of the owners spirit. it looks authentic, that`s what i like! who lives there? are they friends of you?
very pretty also the girls bedroom in your last post! so cosy! especially that your daughter sleeps in YOUR old bed, its awsome!
have a happy*sunny*day!

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

Oh, please, do that extensive research on roll top bath! I never wondered if they were comfy (but feel free to have as many bath as needed in them for your research), but I wonder if they work in a bathroom with children? How do you manage the splashing things?

Privet and Holly said...

Loved this peek
into a very fun
MCS-type home!

I have relatives
in Hampstead Heath
who live in a five
story home... I
imagine that the
layout is similar
to this house.

Hope your week
is off to a wonderful
start, Sarah!

xo Suzanne

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