Period Splendor & Creative Converted Spaces
From Georgian Town Houses to converted Shoe Factories, view the incredible transformations of historic structures into warm, inviting homes.
Nothing is more interesting than a building with a tremendous history. Period Homes, especially Georgian Town Houses and converted spaces such as shoe factories, chapels or old warehouses, are by far my favorites.
Tall wooden sash windows, high ceilings, wainscoting, stuck and cornices are all traditional features which create a splendid backdrop to this Regency Georgian Dining Room. The fire place turns the grand room into a comfortable and welcoming abode.
Converted Farm Houses and Barns have forever been associated with limestone flooring, vintage oak beams, beautiful kitchen furniture and the all important farmhouse sink.
The cozy country kitchen is not the same without a dog napping in the corner, a Sunday roast cooking in the AGA and family and friends gathered around the well loved kitchen table.
We always make sure to add some modern accessories to keep the design from looking dated and old fashioned. Our favorite Kitchens are by Neptune Home, based in Wiltshire England.
Loft Living: Of course, there are loft apartments all over the world, but a loft apartment feels particularly right for New York, a city that is constantly reinventing itself, where buildings (and people) continually find new purposes. If you crave tall ceilings, raw, beautifully textured surfaces, and a certain industrial style, then you will love loft living as much as we do.
I definitely prefer the industrial loft style to the more modern designs which have flooded the market in recent years. When we lived in our lofts, they were still raw. Open planned and very, very cool. Exposed brick walls, tall factory windows, concrete columns and rough wooden floor boards. That about sums it up!
A few years ago, Pete and I converted part of an old shoe factory just outside Birmingham. The floor still showed the cast iron screws from where the heavy machinery was bolted into the boards. We of course left them! Its part of the buildings heritage and they added to the overall feel. We recently sold it but will always remember our shoe factory with the brick walls and stainless steel kitchen ... it was such a great match!
When we lived in England we bought a Georgian Town House in Cornwall, lived in a converted leather factory from the 18th Century in Birmingham, occupied a modern loft apartment on the banks of the Thames in London, a Victorian Cottage in Greenwich and we spread our wings in a former shoe factory in Northampton.
All properties with a huge history behind them and all of them retaining their period features. I have put together a small list of some of my favorite coffee table books. They are my daily source of inspiration and have sparked many interior design ideas throughout our properties!
Have a look around and hopefully you will get inspired. I have linked the books for you below. Happy Browsing and please do let me know if you need any help with redecorating your room, your house, hotel, retail store, office or barn! Stay Save & Best Wishes, Daniela x