Im sure it wont surprise you to hear that quite often my clients remark that my home must be beautiful and often enquire what its like. In reality, I am a busy working mum of 2 beautiful little boys and 1 crazy pug. Im constantly juggling our order book to meet 6 week deadlines and if i can squeeze an extra set of curtains into the work pile, they are generally for the showroom. My house is way down the priority list, it is lived in and functional and there is always a pile of ironing crying out for attention.
If you follow us on Instagram (@beechgroveinteriors) or are one of my long suffering clients, you will know that my husband and I recently made a bit of a spur of the moment decision to move house. Having just redecorated our main bedroom&ensuite, this certainly wasn't planned but as our little boys continue to grow, we needed to think about the future. Long story made super short...1 house move, 1 business premises move and 1 holiday later, we are now starting to decorate our forever home. This is a task that will take a looooong time as I am the master of indecision.
Nothing to see here....just the aftermath of me deciding that it would be nice to add in some wall lights post-build and after the whole house has been sprayed white...
Don't get me wrong, i'm not totally incapable of making decorating decisions for myself. There were lots of them to be made to get our newly built house from 'shell' status to a point where it was actually liveable and to top it all off - we were on a deadline...tiling (can this one little word sum up the multitude of tile shops we visited, the miles that were travelled? Tiles bought from 3 different suppliers and then...grout choices...seriously too much grout choice), bathrooms and sanitary ware, one intricately designed kitchen - from the fabulous team at Woodstyle Kitchens (and yes, it took the whole teams input), skirting&architraves, internal doors and handles all selected and still no pretty fabrics or wallpaper in sight :(
Then i made a discovery...our brand new pelmet and roman blind from our previous ensuite was the perfect fit for our WC window - hooray!! No need to reshuffle my seamstresses work pile, our pelmet&blind that were only a matter of months old had a new home AND i had a starting point for the decorating to begin!
Drawing inspiration from the chevron design of the Nina Campbell fabric on our pelmet, i designed our custom made sink unit to subtly incorporate the 'V' shape at the top and bottom of each unit door, as well as the oval shape that would then tie in with the (not yet purchased) mirror as i knew i couldnt have a circular mirror in the limited space between the wall lights. I toyed with the idea of a granite worktop but it looked too fussy in such a small space so I opted for an alternative dark, textured and highly durable top. The mirror in the unit doors is highly patterned like mercury glass to disguise any little people finger prints.
I really darkened down this small space with the paint choice (lets face it anything other than white was going to do that) but the Zoffany paint colour plays its part in adding character and really accentuates the radiator. Im such a plain-jane and not a blingy person at all but i wanted to continue the mercury glass theme with my choice of accessories and wallpaper whilst adding a little glamour to this small area.
One little finishing touch required...did you notice? Im on the hunt for the perfect hand wash (maybe something other than Jo Malone or Molton Brown), but for now the Carex is hiding in the unit :)
Louise Graham is renowned in the industry as the new owner of long established Beechgrove Interiors.