Today we have a real treat for you as we explore the home of art loving @sherylonthespectrum and discover an interiors world of dark, jewel coloured rooms filled with facinating objects, pattern & print and the occasional leopard, tiger and bambi.
Pop the kettle on, put your feet up and enjoy a cuppa while Sheryl tells us the story of her home that she shares with her husband, two sons and 3 rescue dogs.
How long have you lived here and what type of property is it?
Lived here for five years. It’s a Victorian detached villa
Did you fall in love with your home instantly? What was the one feature that sealed the deal for you?
We didn’t fall in love with it instantly, but could see it’s potential. It hadn’t been touched for years, so needed a complete renovation, allowing us to adapt it to suit our family needs.
Had you mentally redecorated before moving in or did your scheme come together over a period of time?
I had an idea of how I wanted it to look already, but had to convince my husband as initially he didn’t want it dark. Luckily he trusted me!
Where do you seek your inspiration?
I’ve always like luxurious fabrics and materials and particularly love Chinese style furniture. I also like reading Livingetc, and have had a few ideas from there. I like to adapt things to our budget if possible, and love old pieces that can be upcycled.
What was the first job in your home you tackled?
First job was the kitchen. The previous owners took all the appliances, and we left ours at our last house. I was cooking on a two ring hob or getting takeaways, so not ideal.
Were there any surprises during the revamp/renovation?
Yes, quite a few, apart from lack of kitchen. The boiler was condemned, so no heating or hot water. The roof was leaking. Also the wall of the bay window in my son’s room was falling away from the house, the builders weren’t sure how it was staying up as the window was also rotten! We also had some dry rot. Unfortunately no nice surprises like hidden fireplaces!
What do you think has been the most successful area of your interior?
I really love my kitchen dining snug area. We knocked four areas into one to create a big open plan space along the back, including two sets of doors onto the garden. That also meant getting rid of the awful downstairs bathroom in the process, perfect!
Are there any failures in your design/DIY that you care to admit to?
If anything, I think we’d have liked to open up the downstairs even more. We have two reception rooms at the front that are hardly ever used as we spend most of our time at the back of the house.
Which is your favourite room?
My favourite room is the kitchen dining snug area, it leads onto the garden which is lovely in summer.
I also love my bedroom as I have a dressing room leading off that was probably a nursery in Victorian times, and my en-suite that no one else is allowed to use, very important with teen boys!
Do you have a favourite object in your home?
I have a few favourite things, my Chinese cabinet and my black granite tulip dining table. Oh, and my velvet leopard chaise.
Any golden nuggets of advice to share to anyone undertaking their own revamp/renovation, did you learn any lessons?
We lived in it during the building work, I’d probably avoid doing that again if possible. I think the work would’ve got done a lot quicker if we’d lived off-site. Also, get lots of quotes and references! Source your own fittings if possible too, I saved us a fortune by doing that.
Do you have anywhere in your home that doesn’t make it onto Instagram?
My utility room, my study as it’s full of ongoing projects, and a tiny spare bedroom.
What’s the next project you have planned?
Our house is on the market, so looking to move and start again, maybe not on such a huge scale as this one!
Wow! what a stunning interior Sheryl, thank you for sharing the stories behind your home and design ideas. I just adore the use of colour in Sheryl's home and how she has so successfully brought this Victorian villa to life, with a true eye for Victrorian curiosities. I love its rich jewel tones and the layers of texture and interest. I could spend hours just absorbing this eclectic mix of decorative objects.
To follow Sheryls home stories find her instagram as @sherylonthespectrum
Until nest week and a story of another home
Bye for now