Getting into the creative zone for interior decorating can take time and a lot of attempts but as Kimberley, the author of Swoon Worthy discovered, it can very soon become addictive. To help you on your way, she’s sharing with us her interior decorating story. Sit back, put the kettle on and prepare to be inspired…
I fell in love with the ‘Abigail Ahern’ aesthetic about four years ago. Deep, dark enveloping walls with pops of bright colours felt very fresh to me at the time and as an interiors enthusiast, it didn’t take long for me to decide to paint my Edwardian dining room a deep indigo blue.
Fast forward three years and I found myself a freelance writer with a new puppy working from home. Puppy training and all that went with dog ownership meant I couldn’t hole myself up in my office and so I found myself working mostly from our dark blue dining room which had access to the kitchen and back garden – handy for allowing the pup his potty breaks! A rainy summer in Manchester followed by an equally rainy and overcast autumn and winter followed and I felt myself feeling depressed spending so many hours in the space. I realised the dark blue – whilst perfect for a room that was used mostly in the evenings – now felt dark and oppressive during the day and not entirely conducive to writing on a laptop for hours on end or taking photographs for my blog.
I decided a change was needed – a big change. I wanted a light and airy room that maximised the South Western facing light. I wanted to finally sort out the small details that had niggled me since we’d moved in – the floorboards that were beyond repair, the non-working fireplace which was simply a plastered hole in the wall, the missing skirting board in various areas of the room and the broken door handles I’d ignored for years.
I created a moodboard built around one specific piece of art that I loved called Marie by Gina Julian. I chose a pale grey colour for the walls (Dimpse by Farrow and Ball) and discovered a graphic digital wallpaper from Eades Bespoke that tied my colour scheme together. I also wanted some contrast. I already had a black and gold lacquered console table which I wanted to keep, so decided to paint the fireplace surround in black as well to balance it out and then use marble effect porcelain tiles from Tile Mountain with a brass trim for a glamorous effect.
My painted Chippendale Chairs (scored on eBay for a song a few years back) and my white dining table were going to stay, but I decided to have the chairs reupholstered in one of my favourite fabrics – Jamil Natural, a wonderful leopard print that brought contrast and texture to the space.
One of my favourite aspects of the design was the use of wall panels and trim. We installed new skirting boards from The Skirting Board shop along with a dado rail and architraves around the open doorway to the kitchen and then using wood trim, creating square panels on every wall. This gave the room a touch of grandeur and gave a nod to the home’s Edwardian character.
For a touch of bohemian comfort, I chose ethically-sourced accents like a cowhide rug in black and white from Hide & Seek London and hung a carved cowskull from SkullBliss.
I think every room should have a vintage piece to create an eclectic vibe and so I purchased a mid-century sideboard from a vintage trader in Leeds, which complemented the colour of the newly stained and finished pine floorboards.
DIY marble effect shelves were hung above our bar cart and I peppered the room with gold accents and colourful accessories including my own abstract artwork.
It took a couple of months of chaos to complete the room and my partner and I worked tirelessly to get it all done ourselves but those weeks of dust, paint and craziness were worthwhile. The room is now a pleasure to be in – a light bright space that we are happy to spend time in and a real reflection of our aesthetic.
You can view all images from Kimberley’s redesign here https://www.keepmoat.com/get-inspired#/collection/371
[Image sourced from Flickr]
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