The House Files: Sorting out a stairway to heaven

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I’ve been going on about it enough on my Instagram, so I thought I’d start a series about decorating our new home.

Regular readers might be aware that we have just left London for pastures new on the Essex / Suffolk borders (moving in four days before Christmas, because THAT’S always a good idea!) .

Using the phrase ‘a change of lifestyle’ doesn’t even describe it – and I’m not going to lie and said I am completely at one with the move…yet.

But the views, the space and the light make up in reams for the lack of coffee shops (so far, give me time – I’ll find a goodun!)

Most importantly, the kids have slotted straight into country life – and what’s amazed me is how quickly they’ve adapted and even changed the way they play.

The way they’re using the extra space is just so lovely to see – building dens, wanting to be outside, hardly watching TV and SO MUCH CRAFTING. Lucky we have a plentiful supply of boxes!

I’ve decided to be quite bold with the decor of this house because I want it to be a fun, inspiring place in which the kids can grow up. Also, I’m such a decor nut I can see the vision! Now I’m just having to be patient waiting for builders and decorators to become available *drums fingers impatiently*

So I thought I would use the blog as a virtual scrapbook for my ideas, room by room and then when they’re done I’ll show the finished space.

I know a lot of you are as obsessed with interiors as I am, so please leave me comments – although I can’t promise I won’t nick your good ideas!

First up, the stairs…in their current form:

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It’s not an old house, it’s less than ten years old and currently it is beige. Very, very beige. And with a beige carpet in the hall, I have never hoovered so much as I have in the two weeks we’ve lived here. While it’s not my personal taste, it’s the perfect blank canvas.

My vision for this space is to put down some kind of encaustic / patterned tile on the floor, go for quite a dark grey wall and then punch up the space with a bright stair carpet. I was totally inspired by this image:

Image: Brit&Co
Image: Brit&Co

The one in the above picture (and also the sample in my image at the top of the post) is a Roger Oates flatweave stair runner, in New Hadley ‘Lime’ and I can’t tell you how excited it makes me! It also comes in a Mandarin and a Bright Rose, which are both equally bold and equally gorgeous.

The tile I’ve fallen in love with is this, by good old Topps Tiles (despite being distracted by the amazing collection at Bert & May – massive heart eyes – but £170 per square metre!)

On the wall up the stairs, I fancy stealing the art work idea from J Crew on Regent Street:

Image: Art Installation Services
Image: Art Installation Services

And I’d really, really love a neon light like this – but having priced it up, I might have to eat beans for six months first:

Image: House & Garden
Image: House & Garden

Check out my Pinterest boards for a million other ideas (seriously, I am Pinning like a woman possessed right now). But in the meantime, here are some other very cool ways to dress your stairs. Let me know if you’ve seen any others too!

Images: Apartment Therapy | Faded Plains | Marie Claire Maison | Design Traveller
Images: Apartment Therapy | Faded Plains | Marie Claire Maison | Design Traveller
  • Comments ( 17 )

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    Kate Watson-Smyth

    LOVE IT! You should absolutely go bold in the hall and on the stairs as it’s the first place anyone sees when they come to your house. It should make your heart sing when you open the door after a long day. Go for it! XK

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      Erica

      Yay! I get the KWS seal of approval!! Thank you my love xx

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    Sara Mathews

    I love It too and am currently really feeling green – I’ve just painted my living room dark green!
    I know this is boring but having come out the other side of a house for kids to grow up in…in that they are now grown up (sort of) I would urge you to go flecky with your carpet..
    It is almost unimaginable the damage teenagers – and their giant friends with giant feet – can do to a carpet just by walking on it. Flecky carpet hides some of it so you aren’t constantly nagging them and/or hoovering.
    Go bold but go flecky X

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      Erica

      Ha ha! Good advice Sara, thank you!! Although it can’t be worse than the current carpet which shows up EVERYTHING – it’s so impractical! x

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    Hester

    I love that green stair runner; one for my pinterest board I think! I’m an Ipswich girl originally, so the Essex/Suffolk borders hold a place in my heart.

    Happy decorating!

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      Erica

      Thank you Hester! It’s a beautiful part of the world – the views in the morning do make my heart sing! x

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    Lucy

    One of my best friends moved to the Essex/Suffolk borders a year ago. Like you, she’d lived in London for years and needed more space. Also works in the media. You could be neighbours!! Country-life does take a bit of adjustment, I think but you’re only a train ride from the smoke when you need a slice of avocado toast and a decently made flat white.
    I can’t wait to see what you do with your new home. Exciting times ahead! (It will only get better in the summer – all that space…) *Opens up RightMove *

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      Erica

      Thank you Lucy! It would be funny if she was one of my neighbours – there have already been a lot of strange coincidences during this move! x

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        Lucy

        Another co-incidence…I hope I don’t come across as a stalker! I remember you when you worked at the Mirror. I used to hang out with Amber (who still works at the Mirror I think?) a lot then and you two used to be in that little magazine they did – wearing different fashions. She persuaded me to feature in it too (much to the delight of my very conservative work colleagues). We all lived in Bethnal Green then..it was the end of the 90s. I don’t see Amber as much now (she was very good friends with my friend, Michelle) but have bumped into her a few times at parties recently. Anyway, small world…

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          Erica

          Oh how funny!! That was such a great time – Amber and I had so much fun! Such a small world! X

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    Cliodhna

    Hooraaay ! Love your ideas for the hall ! So fresh and so cool. I’m so excited you are willing to share with us !

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      Erica

      Aah thank you for being interested enough to read! I love the fact you’re all interiors nuts like me! X

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    jessica thompson

    I’m also a interiors and pinterest nut. I’ve coveted that green stair runner and polka dot too. Have a tonne of similarly stunning stairways to get your decor juices flowing? Whats the best way for me to share them with you?
    x

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      Erica

      Oooh thanks Jessica! Let me know your Pinterest details…mine is erica_davies x

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        jessica thompson

        jessicatomo xx

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