I’m not sure if it is every interior designer’s dream to work on a beautiful period property at least once in their career, but it has definitely been one of mine. I know they tend to be problematic and there are many regulations and rules you have to follow and be mindful of, but still…give me sash windows, high ceilings and ornate covings and all my senses go out the window! Lancashire (and the North West in general) is full of gorgeous period properties so I'm really lucky to live and work where I do.
If I close my eyes, I see a beautiful stone period cottage, overgrown with ivy and white roses. Inside, the wooden beams are chewed by woodworm and time. There is a log burner in the sitting room with a comfy armchair next to it, and if I lean slightly to the right I’m able to see our back garden, overlooking the rolling hills of the beautiful English countryside.
For me, flooring is one of the biggest factors in getting a design scheme right. It can be the starting point of the scheme, it can tie everything together and it's one of those things we instantly see when entering a room because our eyes are naturally drawn to it. Thankfully, wooden flooring is having a huge moment with more and more people choosing to refurbish their old wooden floorboards instead of hiding them under laminate planks.