Thursday, 28 June 2012

An old farmhouse - restored!

After 14 years restoring this old Elizabethan house (which was our home until November 2012)it is so exciting to see the rooms finally coming together! At times the work has been an 'uphill' struggle, but after all the long hours of toil, this 500 year old house is suddenly ready for the finishing touches that will make a home.  It is a complete joy to see fresh flowers, treasured photo's and possessions filling each room.  Here are a few pictures of our finished home, starting this month with the master bedroom.

The Master Bedroom:
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the bed drape is an antique monogrammed linen sheet now for sale, the bedside cabinets (which we have had for 25 years and are a rather ugly melamine)have had a make-over, first primed with a melamine paint primer and then painted with Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell, the knobs are from Homebase as are the bedside lamps and shades. The white lined glass cube vases (filled with white roses) are my favourite new purchase and are from EasyFloristSupplies The bed is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211. Most of the bedlinen is from The White Company
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the bed drape is an antique monogrammed linen sheet (I didn't have the heart to cut it to make the canopy correctly so ended up draping it instead!)this is now for sale please click here for details The bed is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211. Most of the bedlinen is from The White Company
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the cupboards are painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211. and Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell, the curtains are a French blue printed linen Toile from Laura Ashley that I bought around 10 years ago. The bed drape is an antique monogrammed linen sheet Now for sale please click here for price and details (email: glendasteelthepapermulberry@gmail.com), the bedside cabinets are painted with Laura Ashley 'Ivory' eggshell and the knobs are from Homebase as are the bedside lamps and shades. The bed is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211The trunk at the end of our bed is an antique grain chest.
 Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: our cat 'Fingle' on a vintage toile de jouy quilt
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the cupboards and bedstead are painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211, the curtains are a French blue and white printed linen Toile from Laura Ashley that I bought around 10 years ago. The trunk at the end of our bed is an antique grain chest and the coat hooks on the wall are a vintage French find. The cushions on the settee are made from vintage toile and grain sacks. The settee itself I have draped with a cotton dust sheet (similar at Baileys Home & Garden). The white photo' frames are from Homebase and the dark wood tallboy is an inherited piece.
The white photo' frames are from Homebase and the dark wood tallboy is an inherited piece.
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the cupboard is the airing cupboard and we have painted it in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211,the coat hooks are a vintage French find. The chimney breast on the left of the cupboard is from the snug fireplace below
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the
bedstead is painted in Farrow and Ball 'Stony Ground' shade 211, the curtains are made from a French blue and white cotton check fabric from Fired Earth that I bought around 10 years ago. The trunk at the end of our bed is an antique grain chest. The white photo' frames are from Homebase and the dark wood tallboy is an inherited piece. The fireplace has an original Georgian hob grate and we have added slate tiles on the hearth which hides the pipework for the central heating!
Above image: The Paper Mulberry - the master bedroom: the rusty lantern on our mantlepiece with my favourite white roses ('Iceberg')and honeysuckle (woodbine) (Lonicera periclymenum 'Graham Thomas') from our garden - the honeysuckle grows up through the apple trees and fills the bedroom with it's gorgeous perfume! 

This was our home until November 2012

The Paper Mulberry our restoration project

With warmest wishes

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