Great to have you for this Home Tour.
You’re going to love this one, it’s a really classy house that lots of refined touches throughout that you’re going to notice.
Look out for the gorgeous staircase, the chandeliers, and awesome free-standing bathtub.
Lauren talks about the more difficult aspects of owning and decorating a period home.
Really important if you have a period place yourself.
There’s also some fantastic advice for you if you’re still searching for a style to call your own.
Q&A With Lauren
Location: North East England
Style: A sophisticated interior comprising of neutral and earthy tones, dark wood accents, interesting textures and subtle hints of pattern and color
You have a very ornate stairway. Is it important to impress guests as soon as they enter the home?
It’s not particularly important to us but almost two years on it still impresses us every time we enter our home and that’s the main thing.
We instantly fell in love with it when we viewed the house and we hope our guests love it as just as much as we do!
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What challenges have you found decorating your home?
I’ve always loved period homes but as beautiful as they are they do not come without their challenges.
You’d be hard pushed to find a straight wall but it’s all about embracing the quirks and accepting that things will never be perfect.
We want to preserve as many of the original features as possible and sometimes that means compromising our ‘ideal’ interior.
Some of the rooms are huge and as a result, certain pieces of furniture can feel a bit ‘lost’.
I think carefully planning how we will use each space has helped to overcome that but there are still lots of corners we are waiting to fill!
Love the tiled bathroom floor, did they come with the house or did you choose them? How do you find styling the rest of the bathroom with the pattern?
The tiles were already in place when we bought the house.
I wasn’t overly keen on them at first but they have definitely grown on me.
We haven’t changed much other than add a few neutral accessories.
Our plan is to eventually renovate the family bathroom and slightly change the layout to house a bigger shower but we have so many other things to tackle first.
Which is your favorite room in the house and why?
It has to be our master suite.
It was our first big renovation project for the house and involved knocking through from the master to the second bedroom to create an en-suite and dressing area.
It’s the perfect space to relax and the freestanding bathtub in the bay window is definitely a highlight.
What advice do you have for those who are still trying to find their own style?
I have quite an eclectic mix of style and taste so I find that creating mood boards really helps me to hone in on my desired interior.
As they say, Rome wasn’t built in a day so it’s important to take time over things, build on your ideas and let a space come together organically.
I’m also a big believer in just genuinely choosing things that you love.
Each time I come across something that catches my eye be it a piece of furniture, an accessory or a particular color, I stop and ask myself ‘do you love it?’. If the answer is yes then I go for it!
Rooms Solutions would like to say a huge thank you to Lauren for taking part in this Home Tour.
What an awesome home, we’re jealous!
You can see more of Lauren’s home at: @tilia.house
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