Show Home Number Two – Final Reveal

I can’t decide what’s better as an interior designer being given the blank canvas of a show home or new build, or transforming something that has become tired and dated. I suppose if I enjoy them both it doesn’t really matter. Similarly, I’ve loved the freedom I’ve been given to design this latest show home, (the brief was literally here’s the budget, make it look good, quickly). But then you can’t beat the feeling you get when you show a client your designs for their home and they love them, because you’ve managed to capture everything they told you they liked, plus a bunch of things they would never have thought of but love as well.  I guess I’m just saying my job rocks.

Show Home Design

If you missed my post about the first show home I designed for this development of 10 apartments in central Cockermouth you can catch up by clicking here. Because it sold straight away the developer asked me to do a second one. The buyer of the first one told me it was the decor that made her fall in love with the place so no pressure at all second time round then.

Moodboard for show home design scandi style
Moodboard for living area

We had a real mix of people come to the last open weekend, but a large number were young professionals or investment buyers, either buying for their children with a view to moving in themselves when they were ready to downsize, or to market as holiday lets. This is what we had anticipated which is why I’d gone for a look that was smart and modern but also practical. So in terms of round two I stuck to the old adage – if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

eMoodboard for show home design Scandi style
Moodboard for dining area

Of course it would have been easy just to replicate what I had done first time round but where’s the fun in that?

Scandi style grey and blue bedroom moodboard for show home design
Moodboard for master bedroom

The decor this time round has more of a Scandinavian feel to it, but with more colour.

Gold and grey bedroom moodboard for show home design
Moodboard for guest bedroom

And just in case you didn’t pick up on the Scandi vibe I added some obvious pointers….

Scandinavian inspired interior of hallway moodboard for show home design
Moodboard for entrance hall

Ready for some before and afters?

Show Home Number Two – Final Reveal

I still like to show before and afters when I’m starting with an empty box, because I think they really highlight the visionary skill interiors designers have. Not everyone can look at an empty box and know what to do with it. If they did they wouldn’t need people like me.

Open Plan Living Dining Kitchen Space

Scandi style open plan living space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Living space before
Scandi style open plan living space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Living space now

I love this living space. It’s light and spacious with plenty of room for a 3-seater sofa and armchair, plus a TV stand, storage and coffee tables.

Danish style armchair with sheepskin rug and skandi style oak effect sideboard in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd

The kitchen is open plan but tucked away so you can still chat to your guests when you’re cooking but can’t see the washing up.

Scandi style open plan living space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
View into kitchen from living space

I took a gamble on the media unit, sideboard and bookcase. Well I say gamble – I would have just returned them if they were rubbish. They’re from The Range which is definitely the budget end of the market but the quality is good, they look great, and cost under £400 for all three.

Oak effect bookcase from The Range in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd Cockermouth
Oak effect bookcase from The Range

The living dining room is so big there is room for a 6-seater dining table, and yet more lighting. (If you hadn’t worked it out already I like a lot of different lighting in a room).

Scandi style open plan living dining kitchen space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Dining space before
Scandi style open plan living dining kitchen space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Dining space now

Sometimes when I’m designing spaces I find one thing I really like and build from there. The wallpaper behind the dining table was that one thing. It’s called Silhouette Tree by Albany and was from Wallpaper Direct The white dining chairs might not seem practical but they’re plastic with a faux leather seat pad so easy to clean. They’re from Cult Furniture which is one of my go to places for furniture and lighting.

The kitchen is compact but has everything you need and plenty of storage.

Open plan kitchen living dining space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
The kitchen before

Both the kitchen and bathroom were already in when I got involved so it was just a matter of picking tiles and accessorising.

Open plan kitchen living dining space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
The kitchen now

The Scandi inspired Burbank Geometric wall tiles are from Topps Tiles

Open plan kitchen living dining space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Scandi style Burbank Geometric tiles in kitchen

As well as cupboard space there’s also lots of counter space in these kitchens, which is very unusual for flats and apartments.

Open plan kitchen living dining space in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd

Master Bedroom

Grey and blue Scandi inspired bedroom decor in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Master bedroom before

The decor in the master bedroom is a relaxing mix of blues and greys with soft furnishings in different fabrics to add texture. The light shade looks fabulous but unless you have the patience and eyesight to assemble something that involves 78 teeny tiny plastic studs look away now.

Grey and blue Scandi inspired bedroom decor in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Master bedroom now

Like the dining room, the wallpaper was my starting point when I designed this bedroom. It reminds me of constellation patterns so perfect for a bedroom.

Scandi style Stjamflor wallpaper from the Boråstapeter Wonderland by Hanna Werning Wallpaper Collection at Wallpaperdirect in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Stjarnflor wallpaper from the Boråstapeter Wonderland by Hanna Werning Wallpaper Collection at Wallpaperdirect

I do love this light shade but I’m not sure I have the stamina to assemble another one. But maybe it will be like child birth (apparently) and I’ll get all broody and forget the pain.

Scandi style Armadillo pendant light from Iconic Lighting in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Armadillo pendant light from Iconic Lighting

And just in case you missed the Scandi vibe here’s a few obvious clues.

Stockholm and Copenhagen skyline prints from Etsy in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Stockholm and Copenhagen skyline prints from Etsy

Second Bedroom

Before and afters in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Second bedroom before
Gold bedroom in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Second bedroom now

The second bedroom is decorated in a more feminine gold and grey scheme. Velvet used to conjour up images of dusty piano seats and blingy headboards for me but last year it made a major comeback (remember all those bright velvet sofas that were suddenly everywhere), and suddenly I can find velvet soft furnishings I like, so I’ve used it in both bedrooms to add texture. I’m still to be convinced about crushed velvet but I liked the stripe effect in this velvet fabric. The blind is from Blinds2Go my go to place for affordable blinds. The colour and pattern go really well with the gold Plume wallpaper by Cole and Son.

Gold Plume wallpaper by Cole and Son in show home bedroom designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Gold Plume wallpaper by Cole and Son available at Wallpaper Direct

Gold has definitely replaced copper as the metallic du jour. I’d still like to see more contemporary gold bathroom fittings but the retailers have most other areas covered for now. These gold bedsides are from Wayfair

Gold metallic decor in second bedroom in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Gold metallic decor in second bedroom

The gold hexagon mirror (which matches the cushions in case you missed that) is from Maisons du Monde

Bathroom

As I mentioned before the bathroom was already fitted when I got involved with the development but I did ask them to tile the floor and a bath panel to match the walls and change the lighting, then I just added storage, shelving, fittings and accessories.

Before image of bathroom in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Bathroom before
Bathroom styling in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Bathroom now
Bathroom styling and bathroom accessories in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Bathroom now

Still quite a difference even with those small changes eh?

Hall, stairs and landing

One of the great things about these apartments is that they are on two floors which makes them feel like houses. They also have a proper entrance hall which is big enough for a desk if you worked from home.

Entrance hallway with desk and chair in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Entrance hallway with desk and chair

I’ve sort of gone off gallery walls of late. I think I’ve just seen to many badly done ones. I prefer one or two larger pieces of artwork these days. I found these monochrome city maps online at AllPosters.co.uk

Scandinavian city map prints in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
Scandinavian city map prints on landing

I need to show you the pendant from a different angle so you can see how lovely the light looks. It’s another self-assembly job but a lot quicker and no bruised fingers with this one.

Knappa IKEA light in show home designed by Amelia Wilson Interiors Ltd
IKEA KNAPPA pendant light

So thats the tour over. I’d love to know what you think and which you prefer – show home 1 or 2?

And if you want to see the show home and me in the flesh the open day is this Saturday 27th January 10am – 4pm. If you’d like a personal tour and some free interior design advice please pop along and say hello.

 

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