Smartening up the British Family home

Many of you have seen the inside of our house through the pictures and filming we have had done in our home. We are not ashamed to say that like many homes up and down the UK, our house is nowhere near ‘finished’. We moved in nearly a year ago having had some major structural work done and never really got a chance to get much really finished. Don’t get me wrong we are happy and comfortable in our house but the lack of proper floor covering and missing wallpaper, paint and skirting in areas leave it looking a lot less loved than it really is.todolist

With all this said I raised the subject of starting to plan the works still needing to be done with James this morning. I must admit I was not expecting a positive response but that is just what I got so we sat down to work out what needed doing and how much roughly it might cost. I will say that we will have to do everything quite slowly as we are determined to give back to our Victorian house as much period charm as we can, not something that comes cheap, British made or not.

The list we have come up with looks like this;

  • Cover living room/dining room floor – possibly with either wood or tiles
  • Cover the hall floor with tiles – Victorian pattern preferred
  • Prepare and paint outside masonry work
  • Either complete wallpapering in dining room or paint remaining wall
  • Complete skirting all around house
  • Paint woodwork all around house
  • Re-grout kitchen floor
  • Complete painting in Lucan’s bedroom
  • Refresh paint in remaining rooms

This as you can see is quite a list and will take a good number of months to get through. We will document the British made products we find as we go through alongside our regular posts. As always we are hoping that everyone following our journey will help us out with finding any British made products that we may need for any of the above tasks. Even the little things we are starting to do are making our house more and more beautiful and making it truly British is the best part of all!

– Emily


  1. Richard Willan says

    And when its all too beautifully finished, you will need Sofas and or sofa beds from the Great British Sofa Company whose site goes live shortly

  2. Not to mention beautiful artwork…British landscapes evoking fond memories…

  3. Dan Fisher says

    Hi, we’ve been restoring our house over the last 3 years and have largely sourced our paint from – a small company in Lancashire with a very responsive MD who will pretty much match any colour off any paint chart you can throw at him. The quality of the paint is very good too – you just have to order in bulk to avoid the delivery charges making it very expensive (though still cheaper than some of the ranges in the DIY stores!).

    We’ve bought our tiles from British Ceramic Tile ( – cheap as chips from our local independent tile stockist, and great quality.

    For wallpaper we have used Sanderson ( – beautiful stuff but not the cheapest!

  4. Just to continue the business plugs – once those sofas are in you’ll need a variety of British made blankets and throws ~

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