All About The Oak


One of the things Pete and I are particularly grateful for as we make our way slowly and painstakingly through this house update is that for the most part, we seem to have almost identical taste when it comes to interiors and home style. In our 11 years together it’s rare that we’ve argued about what would look best and in those cases we normally figure out a way to compromise.

Yet it’s hard to figure out sometimes exactly what our style is. We know the importance and value of trying to maintain our 1930’s home’s period elements but I’d be lying if I said we weren’t fans of minimalism and modernity at the same time. Thankfully it seems that the two of these can sit quite comfortably side by side and so we’re meshing old and new to create a hybrid which by the time we’re finished will span the 100 years since our house was built.

One of the ‘rooms’ we’re favouring an older, more period feel in is our hallway and I’ve written previously about the beautiful reclaimed oak-framed mirror which we had made for us fairly soon after moving in. It’s such a classic piece and looks beautiful in our hallway even if we haven’t made any further progress in renovating the space. We know that we would love parquet flooring from the hallway to flow into the living room and this is one of the many things on our to-do list.

Now of course, I’m starting to think about where else we can mix old and new and as is the case with us ladies, changing my mind. Last year we had a log-burner fitted after I refused to go through another cold winter and as we didn’t have a mantelpiece beforehand with the old fireplace, I didn’t think I’d want one at all. Then Christmas came and I thought how lovely it would be to have somewhere for extra Christmas decorations and candles, or flowers and ornaments at other times of year.

I’m definitely not one for the big ornate surrounds (although we did inherit one in the dining room and it is strangely appealing) but since our log burner itself is quite streamlined and simple in design, I’d love a striking floating reclaimed oak shelf to sit above the burner and add to the focal point as you walk into the room since it sits opposite the doorway and would work well with the similar style in the hallway. Minimalism is all well and good but sometimes I worry I can take it too far and end up with a room that doesn’t feel as warm and inviting as it should.


Image courtesy of Tradoak

So yes, once the ceiling is replaced, the floor is in and any replastering we need to do to the walls is finished, I’ll be after a mantelpiece that I can then decorate to my heart’s content to add that beautiful finishing touch to the chimney breast. Any bets as to when we might actually get around to that?!

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  1. June 21, 2016 / 1:01 am

    I love a fire place, the warmth it creates not only through eat, but the feeling of being cosy and warm just by looking at it. I grew up in homes where we had wood fireplaces and I still love them. They can be a lot of work though, especially if they are the only heating source. But to me they suit most interior styles.

    • Lins
      June 27, 2016 / 10:07 am

      I totally agree, it does make everything slightly dusty but I wouldn’t swap it we were so much warmer this winter than last winter X

  2. June 24, 2016 / 9:17 pm

    Log burners are my favourite!! I’m dying to have one in my next house. I love how yours is very classic looking, not too old fashioned or modern, but just the right mix of both! It sounds like your renovations are a bit here, there and everywhere, but it’s going to look lovely when its finished and your flooring already looks great! 🙂

    Gemma x
    The British Feather – A UK Home Decor & Lifestyle Blog

    • June 24, 2016 / 9:19 pm

      Whoops! I’ve somehow read two blog posts in 2 different tabs and combined my comment for them, haha! Gemma xx

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