While the house is Edwardian it never had all the beautiful bells and whistles that you would expect; this isn’t high end London suburbia and it is a builder built and owned house, not a creation from a fashionable architect’s design. But this is why my husband and I both love the place; it has clean, solid, simple lines and we can add whatever we want (subject to funds…) as we go along.
I have been trawling the internet (but of course!) and some books for inspiration and my grasshopper brain has scatter gunned everything from Edwardian interiors through to reclaim yards, Ikea and ‘mid-century’ design.
1. Edwardian House Style Handbook, Hilary Hickman (David and Charles, 2007)
A very useful, wide ranging resource with beautiful photographs of Edwardian homes in both England and the US. It gives the background to the styles of the era and includes details on door furniture, stained glass windows, front gates and much more.
The photos in here really inspired me for the decoration of the hall – I think it should be welcoming and warm, and a good place to put some period styling. One of my current ideas is to add a narrow dado rail and stencil a design above it, potentially extending this up the stairs. A large wardrobe would be ideal for coats and shoes, and there will be plenty of those in second hand shops.
2. Ikea Hacker, http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/
This site is an absolute gem and an insight into an international niche of resourceful homemade style using items from our favourite flat pack retailer. I particularly like the floating Billy shelves (one version http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com/2008/12/floating-billies.html). Hours can be spent ‘researching’ here and I think I may be customising a classic 1990s Ikea drawer unit that I’ve had since the age of 12.
3. Freecycle – http://www.uk.freecycle.org/
There are over one thousand online Freecycle groups set up for the free exchange of unwanted items. We are planning to find a new home for some storage heaters and perhaps obtain a sofa or two to tie us over while we hunt down/ save up for something we like. When we’ve finished, we can then reintroduce the furniture into the freecycle chain.
4. Architectural Salvage
Perhaps because I am female, I’m not sure, I started looking at architectural salvage sites before we had even exchanged contracts on the house. Lassco is perhaps the most well known in our area and I intend to go to their warehouse in Vauxhall fairly soon. Another more local place is Sussex Demolition in Warlingham, Surrey.
Today I found that 4homes have an advice page for using reclaim and architectural salvage yards – http://www.channel4.com/4homes/design-style/how-to-guides/reclamation-salvage-yards-a-guide-for-shoppers-09-03-16_p_2.html and a list of national yards.
This is by no means an exhaustive list; I intend to add to this as much as possible.