born to restore

home toursin print

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

Useful sources

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 

If you’d like to see your home in a magazine, get in touch via the About Me page.

naomi jones

Hi, I’m naomi jones, a freelance interiors writer and stylist, and mum to Lillie-Mae. For many years I was the features editor at Period Living, but after spending a year with my daughter after she was born in 2011, I figured a freelance life would allow me to be with her as much as possible while giving me the freedom to keep up with my passion for styling and writing about people’s homes.
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design for life

finding beauty everywhere

As an interiors writer and stylist specialising in real home features for interiors magazines, I get to travel all over Europe to style people's homes, so on this blog I'm going to be sharing some of the lovely homes I visit, as well as the locations that I end up in.

I'm also passionate about good food, nature, art, urban design and architecture so there'll be the odd smattering of posts that relate to what I get up to on my days off, whether on my own or with my family, Mr Jones and Lillie-Mae, and Daisy pup.

I hope you enjoy it,

naomi x

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