There’s something about old things that simply fascinates me .. old books, old pictures, old fabrics .. I think there’s something about them that’s just a little bit magical. The fact that they’ve lived a previous life – I’m sure they would have many stories to tell.
My love of all things old, started a few years. Upon moving into a new house and a relatively blank canvas and the desperate need to remove an avocado bath and chipped basin. As much as I love ‘old’ things, even I could see that they had to go !
We had left a beautiful (but small) perfectly formed house and taken on a bit of a project .. not great when you’re seven months pregnant .. but we had to run with it – the time was right for us to create our family home. Not shy of a bit of hard work, my husband and I set about the task in hand – first job the bathroom.
Having done a bit of research it became apparent to best utilise the space we had available, we would have to knock into the eaves of the property, thus opening up a much larger space and the ability to not only install a rather nice bath, but we would also have room for a shower enclosure as well.
We had many discussions about how best to do this and where everything should go .. it turns out that we don’t know a lot about bathroom planning and had to consult with someone that did. After a visit to our local Builders merchants, they advised that ‘no’ we couldn’t install a shower in a space smaller than a cupboard (the hubbys idea!) and that the best option would be to factor in a quadrant shower enclosure and in doing so, we could also install a free standing bath – lovely. The deal was then done and the items were ordered.
Getting the job done was actually the easy part and a locally recommended builder and plumber took the task in hand and turned it around in just over a week. We had decided not to tile the bathroom and had the walls freshly skimmed for a ‘less is more’ approach.
Not knowing where to start with regards to colour and décor, a chance conversation of a house that we had viewed whilst on our search for our perfect property seemed to lead us up the right path. The house in question appeared to be a perfectly normal semi on the outside, but once we stepped over the threshold it was like an Aladdins cave to everything vintage .. and we loved it.
However, it turned out that the parties involved were separating and everything turned into a hot mess and the house was removed from the market – sob.
Here was our chance to create our own spin and let our creative juices flow freely .. either that or get ourselves out and chose some paint, which by this time and the size of my bump, was just about all I was capable of !
Our ‘friends’ at the Builders Merchants were again really helpful and talked through a few ideas with us .. we were instantly drawn to the colours in the Farrow and Ball colour pallet and opted for a cool mid blue called Parma Grey. It created the perfect period feel and looked great when contrasted with the white bath and skirting boards. We were advised to opt for a Modern Emulsion, which has a low sheen and is great for use in kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms, hallways and other areas of high usage.
I have to admit that our bathroom project came to an abrupt halt upon the arrival of our little girl – who knew a baby could be so demanding ! It was a good few months before we were fully functional and back on our feet again, but this gave us a bit of breathing room and when we were ready to face the world again, we delighted in our purchases at local vintage and salvage fairs and creating a bathroom that we could really call our own.
Next stop .. the kitchen !