I am very fortunate. I am at the stage of my life, after many years of hard work, I have accumulated many lovely furnishings for my home. I also don't follow fashions and I am quite sentimental, which means, I don't throw things out. So when I need to do some maintenance on my home which may lead to redecorating a room, it is a case of searching through what I already own and selecting those items, but editing them in a new way for a completely fresh look. We re-plastered this room something that was long overdue. We had a tradesman do the plastering but Max and I did the rest, including fixing all new architraves and skirting boards as well as the painting. We did think we would never finish this project. However we finally got to the fun part of decorating and were able to reuse all our old pieces. Even the curtains had been in storage. The only new items purchased for this room were the Ikea bookcases and the potted palm.
This room has a corner fireplace which makes it difficult to place furniture, but it is part of the architectural features of our little house, so we make it work. We painted it a crisp white (Dulux "Sarah's Place") to contrast with the warmer coloured walls (Dulux "Self Destruct"). We went through our stash of old bits of porcelain and selected an unusual dutch plate as a focal point along with a pair of greyhound statues which are repeated in the French tapestry on the adjacent wall. The fireplace also features a painted fireboard which I completed many years ago.
the other side of the"Snug" has an old cupboard which was made by my partner's grandfather. This is beautifully made and very special so it had to be accommodated. We built in Ikea's "Billy" bookshelves each side to take more books which is a constant issue in our home as I keep acquiring them. The armchairs belonged to Max's mother. We will eventually recover them but in the mean time they don't look too bad when you ignore our cats work. There is also a portrait of our first cocker spaniel in the back ground.
Hi I am Elizabeth an interior designer who lives in Melbourne, Australia in a little Californian Bungalow cottage with my partner, Max, who is also an Interior Designer, and our beloved furry children, Doris & Ernest. I believe that design can make our lives more rewarding and productive. I love, architecture and design theory but my everyday passion is fabrics and decoration, as I don't think we should get too serious but have fun with our homes and enjoy the process of creating our own environments. I am interested in classic cars, and collect Georgian and Mid Century furniture.