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How to upcycle an antique desk

How to upcycle an antique desk

There might be several reasons you choose to upcycle a Victorian writing desk – you might have this old piece of furniture and not really like it but don’t want to throw it away and think could be transformed into something you do like. Or your piece of…

How to upcycle an antique desk

10 Oct 2018

There might be several reasons you choose to upcycle a Victorian writing desk – you might have this old piece of furniture and not really like it but don’t want to throw it away and think could be transformed into something you do like. Or your piece of furniture could be damaged but with some filler and paint, could look perfect albeit in another guise. Or you could just fancy taking up a new hobby and “pimping up” furniture sounds…

How to reupholster a chair

How to reupholster a chair

The techniques of traditional upholstery are centuries old. To reupholster a chair, means to take the chair back to its frame and build the shape back up with springs, fibre, animal hair and hand stitching.

How to reupholster a chair

27 Jul 2018

The techniques of traditional upholstery are centuries old. To reupholster a chair, means to take the chair back to its frame and build the shape back up with springs, fibre, animal hair and hand stitching.Using one of my chairs as an example, I will show the process without going into too much detail.What's the first step to reupholstering a chair?It’s always a good idea to see what has been done before. The chair’s seat was a…

How to restore a Victorian fireplace

How to restore a Victorian fireplace

Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We'll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your…

How to restore a Victorian fireplace

20 Jul 2018

Fireplaces can be beautiful centrepieces in all rooms of your Victorian house but they are enhanced incredibly as a period feature if they work and provide a source of heating too. We'll help you achieve that with this article which focuses on bringing your Victorian fireplaces back to life. It would be unusual to have a working fireplace in a bedroom nowadays as people typically want their bedrooms to be cooler than their reception…

How to restore a Chaise Longue

How to restore a Chaise Longue

I love restoring antiques, using some of the fantastic modern fabrics now on the market. Mixing old and new. Creating an original, one-off piece of furniture. This article will give you an idea of the process of re-upholstery; it’s not a step-by-step…

How to restore a Chaise Longue

25 Apr 2018

I love restoring antiques, using some of the fantastic modern fabrics now on the market. Mixing old and new. Creating an original, one-off piece of furniture. This article will give you an idea of the process of re-upholstery; it’s not a step-by-step instruction manual. Traditional upholstery is a craft that takes years to master. Originally, it was a 5 year full time apprentiship. Now there are many short and long courses. But it still…

Modern Victorian Interiors: Combining Period and Contemporary Style

Modern Victorian Interiors:Combining Period and Contemporary

Have you purchased a period house and are planning a restoration, but don’t like the idea of living in a time warp? If so, here is our brief guide on how to restore modern victorian interiors whilst also enjoying the original features of the house. This will…

Modern Victorian Interiors: Combining Period and Contemporary Style

06 Jul 2016

Have you purchased a period house and are planning a restoration but don’t like the idea of living in a time warp? If so, here is our brief guide on how to restore your house with modern victorian interiors whilst also enjoying the original features of the house. This will help to complement the house without looking out of place or from the wrong architectural period.It is possible to create a stunning modern interior whilst still…

Repairing Wooden Decorative Mouldings

Repairing Wooden Decorative Mouldings

Wooden decorative mouldings were used widely in Victorian house and room designs. Your house may still have many of these intact and in good condition. However many period properties have suffered damage to decorative wooden mouldings and these may need…

Repairing Wooden Decorative Mouldings

30 Jan 2014

Decorative wooden mouldings were used widely in a Victorian house and room designs. Your house may still have many of these intact and in good condition. However many period properties have suffered damage to decorative wooden mouldings and these may need replacing or repairing. The main threat to the longevity of wooden mouldings is water damage hence the majority of wooden mouldings that will need replacing in the period property…

The Story of a Victorian Living Room given a new lease of life

The restoration of a Victorian living room

Here is a story of a miserable Victorian living room invigorated through traditional décor and restoration of period features. A customer of ours, Mrs E Page, Linslade Beds tells the story of her restored Victorian dining room.

The Story of a Victorian Living Room given a new lease of life

14 Jan 2014

A delightful Victorian Living Room is worth the endeavour. A great dining room may not only encourage you to eat more slowly as you enjoy your surroundings and aid digestion, but it can also be said that a refined environment could make your food taste better. Any improvements will, of course, add value to your house and in true Victorian fashion, impress your guests.

Top Tips for replacing the windows in your period property

Top Tips for replacing the windows in your period property

The dilemma for the period property owner therefore is no longer whether to fit double glazing, but how to do so sympathetically. The answer could lie in the greater availability of slimline double glazing units.

Top Tips for replacing the windows in your period property

18 May 2013

For those who have invested in a period property, what to do about replacing single glazing has long been a dilemma. When the original windows have reached the end of their useful life, should you replace your windows on a like-for-like basis in order to preserve the charm and character of your home, or should you make energy efficiency your priority and install double glazing? Building Regulations have controlled glazing standards in…

Restoring Victorian Houses

Restoring Victorian Houses

There is nothing wrong with making your Victorian home more suitable for modern living, such as adding an air conditioning system, removing lead paint but don’t go overboard. You still want to keep the Victorian essence of your home.

Restoring Victorian Houses

22 Jan 2013

There is nothing wrong with making your Victorian home more suitable for modern living, such as adding an air conditioning system, removing lead paint but don’t go overboard. You still want to keep the Victorian essence of your home.Victorian homes are known for their beauty, intricate details, and elegant architecture. They were built to stand out and be admired for their features. If you own a Victorian house and are interested in…

How to save original Victorian ceiling coving

How to save original Victorian ceiling coving

Cornice is used to provide a join between the walls and the ceiling of a house. They are usually used as primarily a decorative feature but as a vestige of the Greek classical order make the room look somehow complete and in proportion.

How to save original Victorian ceiling coving

22 Jan 2013

Cornice is used to provide a join between the walls and the ceiling of a house. They are usually used as primarily a decorative feature but as a vestige of the Greek classical order make the room look somehow complete and in proportion. Interior Cornice or plaster coving,  which are really the same thing, is a really important element of a period house.