In our last home our hallway was very narrow and, whilst we made the most of the space we had, it was very much a serviceable area – somewhere to get you from one place to another. I think that’s the case in most houses, but we really wanted to create a space in Little Wood that would be both welcoming, as well as giving you a sense of the light and space that we were trying to carry throughout our whole home. Andrew designed us this double height space with the chimney breast running right up, and from the moment I saw it when the frame went up, I knew how I wanted to fit it out
We opted for parquet flooring in here, which we bought from a local reclamation yard. It’s worth noting when you are buying reclaimed, that the blocks look very different in their original state than they do once fitted and polished. If you are investing in them it’s definitely worth asking to see a sample sanded and polished up – just so you know what colour you are getting before it is down and too late! Also, fitting costs can be as much (if not more!) than the cost of the floor itself. Something to keep in mind when budgeting too.
I get asked all the time about maintenance of parquet, particularly with three children and a pup too. The simple answer is that it’s not easy. We trained Ernie very early on to stay in the kitchen, and he’s brilliant actually. It has avoided little nail scrapes, but the most difficult part of maintenance is marks from shoes (even slippers!) We just try not to be too precious about it, and have it repolished about once a year to keep it looking its best. It’s pretty inexpensive to do this (around £50) and well worth it to keep on top of any OCD tendencies! 😉
My mum and dad have a fireplace in their hallway and it was something on my house wishlist from fairly early on. It’s a bit of a luxury really, and we tend to just turn it on at Christmas time, but every time we do I think we should more often. I’m so glad that we opted for gas in here – it is simple to manage and much less messy too!
I decorate the mantelpiece here seasonally, and love changing it up regularly.
We bought this little drawer set from Dunelm Mill, really cheaply, and it just works perfectly here I think. I love the vintage look of it and it tones in really well with our traditional flooring and cast iron French style radiator (also a reclamation yard purchase!)
We are so happy with how it all turned out, and it’s definitely not a forgotten space in our home now!