Little Wood {The Hall}

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!


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  1. March 28, 2014 / 8:25 am

    I just love the old singer sewing machine, and the lanterns, and the radiator, and the floor. Actually just everything. What an impressive entry to you house. x

    dear beautiful

  2. April 4, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    I love that curve of the bannister in the hall, and the radiator is very, very beautiful!

  3. April 7, 2014 / 10:07 pm

    Don’t know where to start, it’s all so gorgeous! What a beautiful space #LoveYourHome

  4. Kerry Alexander
    February 28, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    Just gorgeous!!! Do you mind me asking where the antiques and interiors warehouse is? I’m from NI and NEEEEED to pay somewhere like that a visit as I have so many little corners waiting patiently to be filled with beautiful things! X

    • February 28, 2015 / 9:50 pm

      It’s on Harry’s Road in Hillsborough Kerry! Such lovely bits and bobs in it! Hope you can make it for a wee look! 🙂 xx

  5. January 20, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    Aw we had a singer sewing machine at home but I had to leave it behind. Only so much I could take it with me unfortunately
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