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Rebecca’s Victorian Home Tour

Author: Lauren Coleman

Rebecca and her husband Ben are a couple after my own heart. They have ‘DIYed’ and upcycled their three bed Victorian house into a calm, cosy and collated home. I actually wouldn’t mind joining them for a G&T in their perfectly manicured garden as it looks like just the place to relax after a hard day at work. Not only I have included oodles of images in the gallery, you’ll also find a few suggestions at the very end of the post to steal Rebecca’s style, so please do keep scrolling.
Blogger Rebecca has some great ‘before’ shots over on her blog, Roses and Rolltops so hop over later if you’d like take a gander at how their beautiful home has progressed over the last few years. Now I’ll hand over to the lady of the house…

Back in the summer of 2012, my husband, then fiancé, and I had just got engaged and were living in North London. We loved the city but prices were crazy and all of our friends and family were back in a village in Hertfordshire where we both grew up. So we started looking on Rightmove and rushed back ‘home’ for an open day on a 3 bedroom Victorian terrace that cost less than the price of our tiny one bed flat! The house had been rented out for the past few years so needed a lot of love putting back into it. I love looking back at the before photos now to see how much it’s changed. We moved in with my parents for a couple of months so that Ben could essentially gut the whole house, think bright purple carpets everywhere and a dated bathroom. I’m lucky that he’s so handy from building sheds to tiling to knocking down walls, he’s up for any kind of DIY challenge. We changed everything, from replacing the plastic windows back to original looking wooden sash and added in more character with fireplaces, panelled doors and shutters that suit the age and style of the property.

We moved in just after Christmas of 2013 and then applied for planning permission to extend the kitchen and back of the house. The biggest change we made was knocking down an old conservatory and opened up most of the downstairs to create a large kitchen diner with space for a sofa and a log burner. We’re lucky that Ben’s uncle makes bespoke, Farrow and Ball hand painted kitchens in Scotland. In fact his two most recent clients were Duchesses (!!) so I was so thrilled when he agreed to make a kitchen for us and bring it down. We get so many compliments on it.

The garden was another big project, it was overgrown and boring when we first moved in so we created a new patio area, built a summerhouse and filled it up with flowers. We’ve been collecting galvanised containers over the years and now have a seasonal display on the patio, updating the flowers every couple of months. With the bifold doors that open out on to it, we feel like it’s another room of the house for us and a little sun trap!

I’ve got a bit of a thing for vintage knick knacks so absolutely love scouring car boot sales, antique/junk shops and markets. We’ve filled the house with all of our finds; our cast iron rolltop bath was a real bargain from good old eBay. We’ve also upcycled a lot of pieces which has meant we haven’t had to spend the earth yet have some unique pieces of furniture that we absolutely love. Chalk paint has been our best friend for transforming chairs or pine chest of drawers. We’ve upcycled scaffold boards by sanding and varnishing them as shelves in the kitchen keeping the original metal bands as hidden brackets, painted them with jewellery hooks in our bedroom and used them for table tops! Our dining table, and outside table, have old Singer sewing machine bases and then scaffold boards on top. You can find out more about the process on my blog.
I’ve also got a bit of an obsession with wooden crates and have used some as side tables topped with my favourite candles, hung some on the wall to display our wedding photos and stacked lots together for a new take on a bookshelf in the dining room.

In terms of our style, I’m a huge fan of neutrals and like to play it safe with light colours throughout but then accessorise with quirky finds like coloured penguin books on a shelf or floral cushions, artwork and a constant stream of fresh flowers for colour that I can change easily and won’t get sick of.

If you’re looking for vintage markets to find some treasure then although I hate to tell people my secret, Kempton Antiques market is the best place ever ever with sellers from France and Belgium. And you’ll be amazed at what’s lurking amongst the tat of car boot sales.

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67 thoughts on “Rebecca’s Victorian Home Tour

  1. Hi Rebecca…I love your house! I have a very specific question..can I ask what the wood flooring is in your bathroom? Is it real wood? I’m about to move in to a new house and I’m searching for flooring, yours is pretty much exactly what I’m after…thanks xx

    1. Hi Luiza thanks so much! Yes of course you can. It’s engineered oak, purchased from Artistico , a brilliant wood company we’ve used for all our floors and worktop. You can find them on eBay too I’ll try and find the link for you later. The oak has been coated with an Osmo waterproofer and varnished a couple of times to protect it from any water. We also just try and be mindful and have a big bath mat to minimise drips on the floor. Hope that helps Rebecca x

  2. Stunning home! I follow you on Instagram and love your pics! We have just bought a victorian house and it has a similar size bay window we would love those shutters you have, do you mind sharing how much they were as a rough guide? We live in the north so Prob cheaper than your way but until we get im we don’t have any quotes yet! Thank you! X

    1. Hi Alex, ah thank you so much. Yes no problem, for the top and bottom shutters in a solid wood was around £900. Our window meant that we had to go for a more expensive wood to be able to have the top tier. You might be able to get away with slightly less depending on the window structure. And like you say things tend to be cheaper further from London. Worth shopping around for a few quotes first. Good luck xx

      1. Thank you so much that’s not actually far off what I thought! Thank you again! Can’t wait to be in and get it sorted out! X

  3. OOf this house is gorgeous!! Makes me want to move despite adoring my late 20’s early 30s house!! Lots of ideas for the bits of our house we haven’t tackled yet!!

    I love these home tours

  4. Such a beautiful home! I’m currently suffering a case of the green-eyed monster at the moment given that my current abode is such a mess and filled to the brim with builders. But this post has given me a sense of optimism about the end result so thank you Rebecca!

    I particularly adore your lovely kitchen Rebecca and the old wooden chest of drawers in the bedroom. So much character xx

  5. Shut. The front. Door.

    This is *beautiful*. Green eyed monster all over. Love love love the neutral colour palette throughout – such a calm, restful space.

    I am totally ok with living in my boring, undecorated 1960’s bungalow by the way. Totally. Fine. (Goes and sobs quietly in the corner.)

  6. I think Rebecca better make some room for us ladies. Looks like we all want to move in!
    Absolutely beautiful home. What a privilege to share on our pretty pages x

  7. Loving the house, and also loving the “steal her style” bit at the bottom… there goes the pay check 😀

  8. Excuse me while I pin everything! This is so amazingly beautiful but looks completely cosy and liveable and homely as well.

    I love it!

    xx

  9. Thank you so much for everyone’s kind words. If anyone’s in the middle of their own renovations right now then let me tell you that the weekends filled with paint brushes or driving round the country on eBay missions will alll be worth it in the end! And looking back now actually seems like kind of fun. Let me know if anyone else has any questions. Rebecca xxxx

  10. Hi I follow Rebecca on Instagram too her ideas and style are fab!! can I ask did you paint the outside of your bath and if so with what, I have a bath like this and want to freshen it up.
    Thanks

    1. Hi Shannon, thanks so much. Our bath was cast iron and already primed so I just used a bathroom egg shell paint which was mixed to match our colour scheme. It depends on what type of rolltop bath you have, if it’s cast iron then prime and paint with egg shell. If it’s acrylic then I would recommend a shellac primer called Zinsser Bin 123 {from screwfix or amazon my husband tells me} which is very good for priming anything shiny and then you can finish with an eggshell paint in your desired colour. Rebecca x

      1. Thanks for this brilliant bath advice Rebecca! We are just about to embark on our modernisation and this is exactly what I want to do to a roll top bath but I’ve just been told I can’t have cast iron due to this particular bathroom being on the third floor! So acrylic is the only way, I just didn’t know how to paint it!
        Gorgeous home, makes me even more excited to get started on our new home, just a small matter if contracts first!!!

  11. Oh my giddy aunt!!!!!!
    Think I’ll be moving in too!

    I dream of the day I can live in a beautiful house like this in Herts – but alas I think I may have to wait a while longer (currently frittering all my money away renting in St Albans!!??!)
    Pretty much love everything you have done to the place but have to say I ADORE your singer table! Seriously, seriously envious of that beauty!

    Right, off to pin the flip out of this post and track you down on Instagram!
    xx

  12. This is GORGEOUS! Total home envy over here. Definitely pinning lots of this for inspiration when we turn our very-magnolia-and-dull 50 year old house into a beauty we can love forever!

  13. Hi Rebecca

    I follow you on Instagram and I love your house. I am currently also renovating a Victorian semi and I would love to ask, because I am just generally being nosey! Why did you fit oak flooring throughout the house? It looks lovely, but I am a big fan of bare boards and it seems to fit with your style so I just wondered why you didn’t expose the original floor?

    I fitted oak flooring in my previous Victorian semi and regretted it, so I am torn this time on what to do with the floor!

    Thank you and you really do have beautiful taste,

    1. Hi Charlotte, thank you! I would have loved to have exposed wooden floor but it only covered a fraction of our house {just the old dining room}, the kitchen was concrete and most of the downstairs is new extension. So because of this we wanted the floor to flow throughout and therefore oak was the only option. However, I was conscious that I didn’t want it to look like laminate so used three different widths on the boards to add character. In my next house though I’m hoping we will have the option for bare boards! Although then you have to worry about spiders more haha. Rebecca xx

      1. Thank you for replying Rebecca! That’s a great tip to make the flooring look like it has a bit more character, I will keep that in mind. We are currently extending our kitchen but have decided on travertine tiles instead of wood to give it more of a country feel. I may eventually have oak flooring throughout the rest of the house instead though.

        Charlotte x

  14. This is gorgeous – so light and airy and homely at the same time. Love the muted tones and upcycled furniture. Also loving the steal her style bit at the bottom. More home tours like this please! x

  15. Hi Rebecca – your house is incredible. I love it, especially the kitchen/snug/diner. We live in a period semi in St Albans and are currently planning for our kitchen diner extension – would you mind if I dropped you an email as I’ve a whole bunch of things I’d like to ask if you don’t mind!! Not least of all, your husband’s uncles details…..thanks in advance x

    1. I feel if I had a kitchen as clean and tidy and beautiful as this I would instantly be a better cook. Well I’m hoping anyway…

      1. Haha Lauren I have said exactly the same about our new kitchen in new house! Once we move in I am baking more cooking more entertaining more!! Let’s see if it actually happens but for now in my head the kitchen is the key to it all! X

        1. I think if I had a kitchen aid I’d be able to give Mary Berry a run for her money. And then I wake up….
          Can’t wait to hear more about your kitchen Alex.

  16. I adore your house so much Rebecca! I’m with Nicola in loving the RMS home tours! Could I ask you where your got your bathroom sinks/units from? They’re just what we’re looking for! xx

    1. Hi Sarah, thank you. The sink unit was actually a pretty standard modern oak side board. It was about £100 on eBay. We painted the front and sides and stained the top and replaced the knobs on the drawers. Then the sinks are also from ebay and Ben used a hole saw to cut out for the pipes and waste then fixed and siliconed the sinks on top. More photos of it here http://rosesandrolltops.blogspot.com/2014/08/makeover-monday-bathroom-transformation.html I did intend to do a full diy post so will try and write one sometime soon! Hope that helps x

  17. Such a beautiful house!! My dream house is something older, preferably Victorian or Edwardian, sadly they are as rare as hens teeth in our part of Cambridgeshire and they come at a high price. So we have just put a deposit down on a new build. I’m hoping that because it is a totally blank canvas that I can add loads of character to it. I will definitely be pinning the hell out of this post! (Am now off to find you on Instagram!). Thanks for letting us have a peek!! 😀 xx

  18. Home tours are my absolute favourite too! We’ll see what we can do to get some more inspirational homes for you 🙂 x

  19. Oh wow this is actually my dream house! It’s so beautiful – Rebecca I am green with envy! RMS you have outdone yourself with this one!

    1. Hi Liz, thank you so much! It’s @rvk_loves
      Full of holiday spam right now as I’m I’m Mauritius but back to regular English flowers and kitchen photos soon! X

  20. Hi Rebecca, beautiful house! Would you mind telling me what colour you have painted the walls in your bathroom? Thanks

    1. Hi Kat, it’s a colour I got mixed and colour matched from the little Greene paint book. So sorry can’t remember the actual name but if you get hold of a little greene book and go to back they have different shades of complimenting colours, we picked three purpley greys one for the bath one for the panelling and one for the walls. Sorry, hope that helps a bit.

  21. Hi Rebecca, gorgeous home! I’ve followed you on Instagram since your Ideal Home feature, I think this shoot shows your home off so much better! Would you remember what paint you used on the walls in your kitchen / sitting area? We have just moved into our new home and looking for a neutral, bright but warm paint and this looks perfect xx

    1. Hi Gillian, thank you! I agree much prefer these photos to Ideal Home. The colour we used is called Cosy and it’s from the Homebase sanctuary paint range.

  22. Lauren, I must have looked at this shoot a million times in the past week – Adam is such a talented photographer. Is there any chance he might be able to pass on what type/make of camera he uses, please? Thanks! J.

    1. Hi Jenn, firstly thank you so much for the compliments 🙂

      I have always used canon camera’s – the one I used for the shoot above is a Canon 5d mk2 which is a pro level dslr but it’s getting on a bit now so you can pick up 2nd hand bargains online – I’d personally stick to online camera stores like London Camera Exchange rather than online auctions unless you know a bit about the items you are buying.

      I used a 50mm lens and a 24mm lens to shoot Rebecca’s home, – the 24mm wider angle is essential to show as much of the room as possible… You can find yourself pressed into corners otherwise trying to get the shot you want 😉

      My advice, if you want to improve your photography without breaking the banis to get 2nd kit and buy a few cheaper lenses to play with rather than blow your budget on a single bit of brand new kit. I used to shoot old posts for RMW, like this one on a canon 300d which you can now pick up for under £100 and a sense that cost under £50.00 and the results are still pretty good…

      Maybe this could become a future post?

      Thanks again,

      Adam.

  23. Oh wow, everything is absolutely perfect! Rebecca, could you tell me where you got your sofa? It’s exactly what I’m looking for!

    1. Hi Nicola, thank you. The one in the kitchen is from john Lewis called ikon grand. We didn’t pay that much for it though, got lucky in a store clearance one day. The sofas in the lounge are from homebase and called Jennifer. Rebecca

  24. Wow , you have a beautiful home. Can I ask if you used the same white paint on all the walls throughout the house and for the woodwork and doors? Your house has a lovely flow and would love to know the colour paint you used.
    Thank you

    1. Hi, thank you! The colour on most of the walls is homebase sanctuary range called cosy. It’s my favourite cream, bright enough but still warm. The woodwork is all painted in white satinwood. Hope that helps x

  25. Hi, I love your little pictures “HOME” and ” LOVE ” poem, could you please tell me where their from, I’m after something very similar for my hallway. Cheers Liz

  26. Hi Rebecca,

    I’m late to the party with this tour! It’s beautiful and I am getting lots of inspiration for work we are doing/ planning with our kitchen and extension! Please can you tell me what Farrow & Ball paint colour you used for the kitchen cupboards/wood work? It’s stunning! X

  27. Your house looks absolutely beautiful! We are in the process of renovating our kitchen and want to paint the units – I love the colour of yours, can you tell me what you used please?

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