It’s been a while since i’ve written about the William Morris project. You can read the last instalment here. Let’s just say, this one has been a slow burner. What was initially going to be one bedroom redesign, quickly turned into a complete renovation of three bedrooms, the landing and staircase. So…. things have taken considerably longer, as i’m sure you’d expect.
Here was the room on my very first visit. Pretty much everything needed to go. Everything apart from the William Morris wallpaper, the beautiful Deco chairs and the antique chest of drawers.
The room was stripped right back to the bare bones. The overpowering built in wardrobes were ripped out, missing coving, dado and picture rails replaced….
Carpet was ripped up and floorboards repaired, sanded and varnished, radiator moved and re-plumbed, switches and sockets rewired. Walls were then re-skimmed ready for the decorator.
We’ve still got a couple of bits left to sort in this room, but I thought you’d like to see where we’re at at the mo.
The floorboards now revived and full of life, provide the perfect flooring for this sympathetically restored bedroom.
Plumbing in the new, colour matched cast iron radiator to the side of the chimney breast was the best thing we did. It’s a super high output rad, so although it looks diddy, the homeowner is v. happy with her new toasty and attractive addition….
…. as is her cat, who apparently now enjoys spending time hiding under the bed.
The antique blanket box which was originally in the living room if I remember correctly, now sits proudly in front of the chimney breast.
It also perfectly disguises the original concrete hearth that’s been left, just incase the homeowner decides to open up the fireplace in the future.
The antique chest of drawers have been moved to this corner, where a mirror and artwork is still to be hung.
The William Morris, Compton wallpaper now wraps around the whole room with Little Greene’s Sage Green adding the perfect Edwardian period colour to the rest of the walls.
We said adios to the old divan bed and headboard and bonjour to the antique brass Starke bed frame from Made.com. A large brass and glass feature light is also on the way which will hang centrally over the bed. I’m super excited to see that up.
A small chest of drawers, pilfered from the dining room now acts as a bedside and storage chest. The perfect bedside lighting is on the way very soon.
The huge built in wardrobes have been replaced with this beautiful antique (Arts & Crafts?) number. Isn’t it a looker? There has been some serious downsizing going on throughout this project. And whilst it’s been difficult for the homeowner to plough through, the difference it’s made to her home so far has been incredible.
New curtains are on the way and hopefully soon as those clocks will be going forward in a few weeks. Cue bright sunny mornings.
So what do you think so far? I know William Morris isn’t for everyone, but for this homeowner this new bedroom is just perfect. So there’s curtains, lighting, mirrors, artwork and bedding left. Once that’s all done, we’ll be ready for the final reveal. Fingers crossed!