No one lives in very old houses without facilities in this country these days. There may be an old eccentric farming family in the north of the country who won’t upgrade to modern ways – usually some bizarre fear of spending money and having that dangerous element of electricity, in their house. For most of us though, having to ensure cold draughty old houses is a thing of the past. We have lovely wooden floor that are easy to keep clean and with a rug, can be tasteful and warm. Then fitted carpet of course, keeps all the soft fluffiness on the bedroom floor. Having our homes interior designed when upgraidng brings new ideas – more is made of every scrap of space and designers know how to show each room to its best advantage. A beautiful home is so much more within our reach these days.
Student flats were a subject of conversation around the table the other night. I was in the company of several younger folk who had all attended universities away from their homes. It was quite an eye opener hearing about the different types of halls of residence for a start – some were literally cell blocks with just the bedroom with a basin and cupboard for clothes etc. and shared showers along the corridor. One lass even had some photos on her phone of how stark the accommodation had been. She now lives in a really attractive old cottage, almost the perfect ‘roses round the door’ style. She had studied history and this combined with her hatred of post war modern concrete cell blocks had ensured she only looked to buy and furnish beautiful places. This sentiment was not shared by all but mostly amongst those who’d experienced the cell block uni living.
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The area where I live is littered with historic heritage properties as we’re situated slap bang in the middle of ‘civil war land’. That doesn’t mean we’re all at each others’ throats. No, just most of our ancestors may have been in days of yore. Some of the major battles of the English civil war were fought in and around this county, tearing family loyalties apart. As a consequence, those that had fought & stayed alive, finding themselves on the ‘winning’ side were often rewarded with houses and pocessions plundered from the unfortunates who did not. Almost all of these great houses are listed so the interior decorating, furniture, flooring and even the wall and door painting has to be carried out in sympathetic and regulation fashion. Experts are called in to issue guidance and not much can be done without permission. Unlike the builk standard family home. So much more freedom!
Ahh the days of flat sharing . . . One of the things we found most annoying in those far off days was having to share facilities. Yuk, sharing kitchen, fridges, bathrooms etc. with other folk who are not family or newly acquired husbands or partners can be seriously grim. There were so many arguments over who’d nicked this or that from the fridge. Often the sneaky so & so’s would be in a hurry to binge without being caught but in their haste, managed to drop stuff on the floor. the big give away. Sticky blobs on the cheap lino. It was such joy to move into my own home – I made sure I had proper flooring put in that could be easily cleaned. I couldn’t afford much but did have nice carpets in the sitting room, stairs and bedroom. The rest had attractive and surprisingly warm cushion flooring which was a very good quality man made totally washable and safe lino, but much nicer.
Carpets are incredible. When you think of the pummelling they get in a normal day – the wear and tear must be phenominal. Ours has been down since we moved into this house from brand new. Admittedly it was a developer’s 50oz sales incentive upgrade on the 30oz standard quality, but even so, our honey coloured woolen blend has withstood a right battering for nealy 20 years. We give it a hefty vacuuming once a week unless visitors are due. . . Twice a year we are seen on hands and knees or bending over, manually cleaning it with scrubbing brush and a small bowl of carpet cleaning solution. It’s quite a nice task if taken in the spirit of bonus exercise . . . requires strong core muscles and abs. Light circular motion with brush well shaken out, then leave pile in right direction. . .and good vacuum agian when dry. Fantasitc job. So when changing carpets, ensure you buy the best quality for the funds available – they’re really worth it.
If funds are an issue, one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a room look completely different is to carry out a quick lick & promise decorating session. Taking a really good look at the the room . . . survey how it’s laid out now and try to imagine how it if the furiture was rearranged. Would the book case fit anywhere else without blocking a radiator or the tv for example. Once an idea has spawned, get the room emptied or pull all the furniture into the middle of it so you can adequately reach all walls and the ceiling to thoroughly brush down and clean. If you have a few pounds, paint is very reasonably priced at one of the out of town DIY stores. Painting the walls first, and ceiling if your pocket and ability runs to that. . . . olloed by the woodwork in gloss or matt silk. Putting the furniture back in different places will really set your work off.
We have been forced to stay home and not venture any further than a brief walk outside for exercise, or one person at a time to do the whole family shop . . . . So there has been rather a lot of families thrust together for a very long time instead of the usual weekend or two week summer holiday. When tempers fray and everybody gets cabin fever, the best thing is to get the tv on and for some lifestyle programmes – watching old editions of the escaping the rat run out to the country. Now these will make families look to themselves and see just how well they would be able to adapt to a smaller shell of a place. How could they cope with old wooden flooring, even parquet. Or not being able to get their huge furniture in a smaller place. It’s always funny to watch the couple introduced as ‘downsizing’ but when faced with a minute little scullery sized kitchenette and a lounge the size of their existing larder, the gormless looks are prize winning! It’s great fun to play the same game amongst yourselves in front of the tv.
Fashions change in both clothing and the world of furniture and flooring …… For many years following the second world war there was the standard house decorating scheme of dark brown or bottle green gloss paint around skirting boards and all doors etc. This seems to be a throw back to the victorian no frills era. The flooring was generally just wooden floor boards, anded to make safe and then laquered. Over that was laid a variety of rugs. Sometimes these might be very big and it would take two housewives to drag them outside and get over the washing line to give them the annual beating to ‘thoroughly’ clean. The carpet sweeper did the rest. Then came the remarkable change up a gear to fully fitted carpets. I well remember the first house my parents bought – brand new, we had a different carpet in every room and a muted green moquette style on the landing and stairs. We hadn’t reached the sophistication of one colour of seam-free fully fitted througouth the house. Now we are moving back away from all carpet to a mix of wooden flooring – so easy and practical with dogs and messy children in tow!
I was watching a magazine programme on one of the lifestyle channels recently. The hostess was chatting to a couple who had recently won an award for the innovative home design that was centred on clever use of natural materials for heat retention; furiture, furnishings that could be sourced using local materials to save transportation costs and other ideas for using as few ‘bought ins’ as possible. There were too many to recall without looking up the programme’s details but they were thrilled with the result. There had been a great deal of work done up front with their choice of architect and advisers at the planning stage. Getting wood and materials for the flooring to incorporate heating involved much research too. There are the products out there but it needs a completely fresh approach to make these available for more ‘new age’ homes. Engaging designers and architects with these interests will always be your first consideration of course.