This family home had great bones, but lacked adequate storage, was a totally neutral and a little bland, without much to focus the eye on and the decoration was looking a little tired. I worked on the downstairs hall / under-stairs, lounge and guest bedroom / study. To get the shoes housed under the stairs, and not in the hall at the base of the stairs and to make the most of the potential for under-stairs storage, we completely rebuilt this into 3 sections. One for coats, shoes and shelves, one for hoover, ironing board and tools and the smallest for bags and balls. This massively improves the functionality of the space. The pop of colour inside the cupboards is uplifting and a surprise (Little Greene Canton 94) In the lounge, we stripped the old anaglypta paper, skimmed and repainted in a lovely taupe (Little Greene Slaked Lime Deep 150). Painting the natural wood picture rails to white, and white above them felt like it opened up the room. I designed and commissioned a pair of alcove cabinets and used the existing wall light power to light up some warm white, dimmable LED strips on top, lighting up the ceiling above. A new ceiling rose and pendant and dimmer switches, hugely improves the ambiance of the room. We removed the old tiled hearth, which was likely a 1970's addition and sourced and installed a 2nd hand classical antique fireplace and new slate hearth, more in-keeping with the age of the house. New rug and round mirror and it's starting to look elegant, homely and timeless. The clients will add cushions, lamps, more art and a footstool in time. In the guest room, where my client often works from home, we removed the underused wardrobe and moved his desk from the window where he was getting glared by sunlight, into the alcove space and built a shelf above. I reconfigured the layout of the room by centering the bed in the middle of the room, facing the fireplace I moved the radiator to allow this and replaced with a smaller, more stylish column type. We added a new pair of solid oak bedside table and lamps, a pair of square pillows to lean on when in bed reading, new pendant, desk lamp and chair and a framed print to tie in the colours of the existing bedspread, make the room feel balanced, high quality, complete, fresh, spacious and inviting. Again we removed the anaglypta, skimmed and repainted, and painted the natural wood picture rails. We wanted the keep the room light and airy, so went with white on the walls. My clients weren't sure about the aqua painted ceiling suggestion, but love it now it's done. A simple contemporary twist that adds colour and character. All of the joinery was made beautifully by Rob Lillis. He also amended my under-stairs design a little, to good effect.