Victorian Railway CarriageScandinavian Living Room, London
Photo: Chris Snook © 2015 Houzz
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Carry out a New Year clean-upPut away all your Christmas decorations and take your tree to the community recycling point. Now, time for a deep clean. Homes often feel messy and lived-in after the festive period, when lots of family and friends have been in or visiting. Clean and straighten the house, wash the bedding and be sure to vacuum up any pine needles scattered by the tree. Gather up boxes and used wrapping materials to recycle, and find homes for holiday gifts.
Let your furniture do the talkingIf you live in a small home, own many a treasured piece of furniture, and are trying not to overwhelm the space, a good solution is to paint all of your walls white and let your belongings take centre stage. While only a handful of people can claim to live in a restored railway carriage like this one, creating a white backdrop is a useful design trick that can enhance all kinds of small spaces.Take a tour of this restored train carriage
Mark and Keith got the keys to the house in March 2012. Their first four months were what Mark calls ‘exploration work’. They pulled up carpet to reveal a mishmash of wooden and concrete flooring and ripped off the hardboard that boxed in walls and hid features, such as the carriage windows in the living room. Builders then worked for around six months to reconfigure the space, sandblast bitumen off the floors and lead paint off the walls, and install new plumbing and heating. Then Mark and Keith could start decorating, using predominantly white as a backdrop. ‘We were thinking of a Scandi cabin,’ says Keith. Painting took months. ‘The wood soaked up the paint,’ he says, ‘and we were only working at weekends. Sometimes we would get a new coat done, leave it to dry, then it would be time to leave.’