It’s time for a blend of old and new.
Victorian ornate furniture alongside pieces that would look perfect in any contemporary home.
What else were the Victorian’s fans of?
They loved a strong color and lots of furniture in every room…
You’re about to see that same style with a modern twist that looks gorgeous.
Rooms Solutions had a chat with Donna, who runs the Instagram account: @welcome_to_no.1
Donna explains how she styles her home and her advice to for those who are still trying to find their own style.
Q&A With Donna
Love what you’ve done with your Victorian home. What have you found makes styling a Victorian home different from other designs?
Its so nice to have original features to integrate with your decor, such as fireplaces, coving and ceiling roses.
I think it’s important to retain original features, but I’m not afraid to add contemporary touches.
I love mixing more modern styles, such as industrial, with more rustic and traditional styles.
Some of the original features had unfortunately been removed from our house.
We have enjoyed trying to resurrect them, such as putting a fireplace back into our master bedroom where it would have originally have been housed, adding ornate coving and ceiling roses as well as panelling.
With old houses such as ours, you have to embrace imperfections!
We have wonky walls and floors and very rustic original floorboards, but it all adds to the period charm.
What do you prefer: the decorating or a completed room?
I really love the process of decorating.
However, I get so excited (and impatient!) to see the finished result, particularly doing the styling, which is my favourite part.
I do get sad once a room is complete and feel the urge to start something new!
I guess that’s why things are constantly evolving in our home!
Which parts of the project have you found most difficult?
When we moved in, the kitchen had just been newly installed.
Whilst it was lovely, I struggled with it not being my own design.
We’ve since repainted the cupboards, walls and changed the lighting so that it now feels more ‘us’.
We’ve just been granted planning permission for a kitchen extension so that will be our chance to redesign that space from scratch.
I love having a blank canvas to work with.
Favorite room in the house?
Probably the living room.
I love the way the paint we chose (Farrow and Ball, Inchyra Blue) changes color from day to night. It’s such a cozy space, especially in the winter.
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The fireplace and alcove shelving really accentuate the room and give it a great central focal point.
It’s a lovely room to relax in after a hard days work.
What advice do you have for others who are still searching for their own style?
Practice makes perfect! Sometimes you don’t know unless you try, but a good moodboard always helps to picture how everything will work together.
If I was to renovate a house again, I’d start with the least used room first! And take your time.
It’s better to do one room at a time and do it really well, than to rush and find that you have to re-do it a year down the line!
We want to say a huge thank you to Donna for taking the time to answer these questions, they’re awesome.
If you’d like to see more of Donna’s home, you can visit her Instagram account at: @welcome_to_no.1