Find out how Caroline Sherwood updated her period home with relaxing colours, classic details and stylish DIYs.
Trainee Solicitor living in Moseley, Birmingham
Caroline Sherwood and partner Jonny used timeless and cosy accents to transform their Edwardian home into a relaxing space.“We wanted a pale subtle shade of blue on the walls which would blend with the cooler tones in the rooms downstairs,” she explains. “It contrasts well with the darker grey alcove shelving and of course our gorgeous Hampton grey sofas.”
One original detail which they kept was the wooden flooring which fit in with their new wooden panelling feature. “Jonny created this look as part of a DIY lockdown project using pieces of beading which were fixed to the wall, and then caulked, and painted to create the desired look.We are slowly working our way through all the rooms!”
In their dining room, she picked our Cavendish dining table as the statement piece. On styling the table, Caroline explains, “We wanted to accentuate the table, but not detract from the pedestal legs or the tabletop design so I chose a table runner with a ribbed design and white ribbed tableware.”
For the bedroom, Caroline incorporated a feature wall as the focal point. “We used this paint colour called ‘Sulking Room Pink’ which was paired with a traditional off-white,” she says. “ I think this calming colour combination works really well here.”
Their bed features a tufted Chesterfield frame that is stylishly contrasted with a big statement mirror from William Wood and radiator covers to give the room a polished feel.
With more time spent at home these days, Caroline also created a corner dedicated to relaxation. “We wanted a cosy corner perfect for sitting and relaxing, it’s also located next to a window which has a view of the garden,” she explains. “The club chair is so comfy and it’s a great place to curl up and read a book. The gold lamp provides some extra lighting and perfectly complements our William Wood gold mirror.”
Their latest home project has been transforming their third bedroom into their main bathroom. Featuring luxe details such as a modern bathtub, patterned tiles and black accents, it’s been a big upgrade to their home. “Before the renovation, we used the bathroom downstairs!” she explains. “It’s been a big project for us and we’re so excited with the results.”
Reflecting on their progress, she goes on to say, “The biggest challenge has been dealing with the quirky features of an older house - such as the downstairs bathroom, super steep staircase and woodchip wallpaper. Overall though the period features and unique style of the house outweighs the negatives!”
Photography by Caroline Sherwood