When we moved into the Dower House at the beginning of December we only had a few pieces of furniture. We didn’t know what kind of space we would find when we went house hunting in England. I lived in England as a child and I saw the challenges of fitting large pieces of furniture into old English houses. Most of our furniture is Texas sized or giant French antiques, a good problem to have, but a problem if you want to get settled into a new home in a new country. I knew that I could shop here in England for new and vintage pieces to put in our home. I also left most of our decorating pieces in storage, it is a great idea when you want to do more shopping, but it makes for a pretty boring house for the first couple of months. Now that we are getting settled and our house is feeling more like home I thought I would share some of my favorite spaces with you.
Welcome, this is our front door. Just before we left Texas I had a conversation with a friend about door knockers. She had seen one in an antique store and was interested in finding one. When I walked up to this door and saw the door knocker it seemed like a sign that we were in the right place.
Our living room. The rug is a giant I found at the Sunbury Antique Market. I also found the blue velvet chairs, the mirror, the tv stand and the hamper there. The embroidered pillows are from T.K. Maxx and the blue velvet pillows and the burgundy fuzzy pillows are from Laura Ashley. We brought the books and the tv with us, but everything else on the shelves has been purchased here in England or on my trip to France.
I call this little seat my coffee couch. It is in our craft room, just off the kitchen. IN the morning I drink my coffee here and during the day this little couch gets lots of love. We have bookshelves here and I love that the kids have a cozy place to sit down with a book. The plaid is a local vintage find and the cactus pillow is a recent find from T.K. Maxx. I had a pheasant pillow here, but for spring I wanted to lighten things up.
Our bed is one of the few pieces we brought with us from Texas. I found this red toile bedding at the Antique Gallery in Houston and I love it. We were really lucky to find a house that this bedding goes so well with. The night stand is a recent find from Sunbury.
My clock collection makes me happy.
Our daughter’s room is coming together with her antique metal day bed. There is still some work to be done in here, but it is finally coming together. She loves it and that makes me happy.
We have 3 boys and they all share a room. Our boys are all close in age, but have a variety of interests. I am trying to keep their room simple so that they can keep it clean, a mom can dream right? I found this giant sign from near by Lego Land and I knew it would be the perfect piece of ‘art’ for their room. The Minecraft inspired lamp shades are from a store called Next here in the UK.
Here are the beds for the boys. I ordered these from wayfair.co.uk. The beds have a vintage look that I love. The bedding is all from T.K. Maxx. The initial pillows were purchased from Land of Nod years ago. I love the mismatched bedding with a coordinated feeling. The dressers are both from Ikea and I hope that they are the last pieces of Ikea furniture that I ever assemble.
This is the view from the third floor down to the second floor. I love the attention to the detail in our home. The house was renovated in 2000, but everything had to adhere to a strict historical standard. The light fixtures and crown molding in this house are some of my absolute favorite features.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour through our Dower House here in England.
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