Take a tour of this vintage-inspired Victorian terrace in Lancashire

The owner fell in love with the large rooms and high ceilings of her Victorian property, but not its dated Seventies scheme

living room with sofaset and white walls
(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

'Before we moved here four years ago, we were a family of three and we lived in a two-up, two-down,’ says 
the owner of this four-bed Victorian house. ‘My husband and 
I wanted a forever home with a bigger kitchen and garden, and I also wanted 
a room to work in, as I was about to launch my online design and giftware shop. I’ve always loved making things, and decided to take the plunge and 
turn my hobby into a business.'

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The couple looked at a few properties before this one but they didn’t have the period features they longed for. Eventually, they came across this house and fell in love with it instantly.

The rooms were all spacious, with high ceilings and large 
sash windows, and it even had an empty basement that would be perfect to 
turn into an office and crafting room. 
The location was great, and although the kitchen and garden weren’t terribly big, the pros definitely outweighed the cons...


house with exposed red brick walls

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The owner and her husband bought this four-bedroom Victorian terrace in Lancashire, in 2014, and live here with their two young children. 'There were green carpets everywhere, the bathroom was papered in green and the fireplaces were boarded up.'

The couple have redecorated in 
a grey-and-white palette, sanded and painted the hall and dining room floors, fitted new carpets and restored the fireplaces and ceiling roses.

Living room

living room with white walls

(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

'I’m quite an impulse buyer, and when I see something I like, I buy it, but sometimes things sit 
in the basement for months before I find a place for them,' says the owner. 'The shutters now on the sitting room wall sat down there for 
a year before my husband and his brother 
finally put them up on the wall.'


kitchen room with cabinets and white walls

(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

The kitchen had white cupboards, 
dark brown worksurfaces and green tiles when the owner moved in. 'As our budget was tight, we decided to keep the units but had the doors dipped in a grey chalk paint and changed the knobs,' she says.

'We also swapped the green tiles for white, grouted in a co-ordinating 
grey, and changed the dated worktops. One day, I would like to replace the old wooden kitchen flooring with Moroccan-style tiles.'

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Dining room

dining room with white walls

(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

The couple opened up the fireplaces 
in the dining room and living room, added chandeliers and ceiling roses and gave the built-in cupboards and shelves a lick of white paint.

'Much to our delight, the seller took her green carpets with her, leaving lovely old floorboards in the dining room,' the owner says.

They sanded them and painted them grey – a practical decision, as this room is used the most in the house. 'I painted the walls white to give me blank canvasses to decorate with 
my collections of vintage finds from junk shops and flea markets,' she says.

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bedroom with wooden walls

(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

A few months after moving in, the owner found out that she was pregnant with her second child. This prompted the couple to renovate the loft, to give them an extra bedroom. 'We didn’t need planning permission, as 
we were only adding a dormer, but it 
did need building regulations approval,' says the owner.

'Work finally started about eight months later, which wasn’t ideal, as I was heavily pregnant by then!' The couple also decided to decorate the other bedrooms at the same time, so there was an awful lot of mess and dust.

'The size of the loft was a nice surprise – we didn’t know how much space there would really be until the builder started knocking through,' says the owner.

They had thought there wouldn't be room for an en suite, but the builder managed to squeeze a small one in a corner. They painted the ceiling white and wallpapered with a wood-effect design, then fitted a soft grey carpet in the loft to match the 
other bedrooms and living room.

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Kid's bedroom

kids bedroom with white walls

(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

The kids' bedrooms are full of handmade things from craftspeople, as well as the owner's own creations.

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bathroom with bathtub and white walls

(Image credit: Olly Gordon)

Upstairs, the owner loved the size of the bathroom but definitely not the green striped wallpaper – 'we started stripping 
it the night we moved in!' she says. They painted the walls and tongue-and-groove panelling white. The old carpet was swapped for an industrial-look lino flooring, which is 
more hygienic and pleasing to the eye.

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'The pigeonhole unit in the bathroom 
is a favourite buy,' says the owner. 'I bought it at a flea market in Staffordshire, and was told it came from a hotel in France. She would love to add a roll top bath 
to the bathroom. 'Maybe when the kids have grown up and left home!’

The owner says that she and her husband are very impulsive people. 'Rooms are constantly evolving with new ideas and our latest bargain purchases,' she says.

Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.