born to restore
Working as a freelance writer and stylist, I am lucky to travel all over the UK to visit beautiful old homes packed with original features, and my journeys have definitely left a lasting impact and a deep appreciation of the architecture of the past.
This Midlands home may be much younger than many I visit, but it wears its Edwardian and Victorian heart right on its sleeve: elaborate tiling in the hall; intricate carvings and mouldings; leaded lights; a panelled ceiling and a most unusual copper fireplace in the back sitting room…
‘All these details are what made me fall in love with the building when we first saw it,’ recalls owner Maria Bradburn. ‘As we climbed the beautiful stairs and saw the lovely but broken stained glass window, I knew we were the ones to bring this home back to life.’
To ensure the vendor accepted their offer on the house, Maria made a direct, heart-felt appeal. ‘I told her that I would be keeping all the period features; I wouldn’t rip out the windows and put plastic double glazing in like some of the neighbours have.’ Maria’s love for the house was clear to the woman, and the Bradburns managed to secure their dream home…
Words & Styling Naomi Jones for Period Living
Front sitting room painted similar to Brooklyn Nights 6 Dulux
Back sitting room painted similar to Pale Cirrus Fired Earth
Kitchen painted similar to James White Farrow & Ball
Kitchen units Pineland Furniture
Landing papered with Oriental Garden Laura Ashley
Girls’ room painted similar to Flamingo Fun 6 Dulux
Pre-loved furniture The Dog House Antiques
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