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Grand redesigns: Heather’s epic renovation

Grand redesigns: Heather’s epic renovation

PR manager and founder of insideherhome.com, Heather Milner, used to be a colourphobe. But after renovating her home, she’s found a new love for warm, neutral hues. Now, her two bedroom house in Walthamstow, East London, is a Nordic haven with a safari twist. See how Heather and her husband Peter transformed their space and taste.

Heather Milner's living room with a large round mirror on the wall above a sideboard with the brass Verona candlestick on it along with other decorative items

New beginnings

“When we moved in, the house was a total state. Everything needed doing… everything.” Taking on such a big project was daunting but had its benefits: “It’s why we could afford it and it was a really good chance to start from scratch. I’m quite particular so it made sense to buy something that needed everything doing so I could make it look exactly how I wanted.”

A light grey room with a large two-seater sofa and a nest of three oak tables in front of it
The Albert floor lamp stood next to a ight grey sofa with throw cushions and a blanket on it

Work in progress

“We basically lived on a building site for about six months,” says Heather. “So we wanted everything to feel really crisp and clean so we painted everything white and we’re only finishing it with colours and wallpapers now, three years later.”

A close-up of three round, lightwood nesting tables with a MADE Pop candle on it next to a potted cactus

This is us

“We keep adding beautiful items which are snapshots of who we are, where we’ve been and what we love and it is creating an intricate tapestry of our lives which we get to live in.”

Heather Milner sat at her dining table which is next to an antique, darkwood bureau with a brass Collet table lamp and books lined with the Elisa book ends on top of it

An antique, darkwood bureau with a brass Collet table lamp and books lined with the Elisa book ends on top of it

The Pavel vase on top of a glass cabinet with other decorative items

A large bathroom with a a large oak floating pedestal topped with a white sink, a large white bath and a pink Brisa bathrobe hanging against a feature wall painted in Invisible Green paint from Little Greenes

Upstairs / downstairs

“The bathroom used to be in a lean-to downstairs so we took one of the bedrooms and put it upstairs. Which is why we did a loft conversion, so we could get the third bedroom back.”

A pink Brisa bathrobe hanging against a feature wall painted in Invisible Green paint from Little Greenes

Colour me bold

“Little Greene’s The Invisible Green paint has totally transformed the bathroom and has given me the colour bug – I am constantly reassessing rooms and trying to see where I can create the next pop of colour or feature wall.”

A powder pink hallway with white stairs and Hakuun plant pot sat under a window

A pink Becca accent chair sat next in the corner of a room next to a stack of books and a wall decorated in Sandberg wallpaper

The William Morris effect

“The Sandberg wallpaper in the office is a design classic and feels quite William Morris. Walthamstow is where he’s from and we’re a stone’s throw away from the William Morris Gallery. He’s just a big inspiration.”

A wooden sideboard with a brass Verona candlestick holder sat on top of it, next to a large houseplant sat on the floor in front of a wall decorated in Sandberg wallpaper

Lighten the mood

“This room doesn’t really get any light so I wanted to give it a bit of personality. And the peachy, pinky tones are used throughout the house and are picked up in this wallpaper which makes the space flow.”

A light frey bedroom with a bed dressed in dark blue Brisa bed sheets and an accent chair on the left-hand side and a chest of drawers on the right-hand side
The tan leather and black metal Nala chair

Sage words

“There’s a very eclectic mix of furniture and accessories in the house, which give it personality and makes it feel like mine. William Morris once said: ‘have nothing in your house that you don’t know to be useful or believe to be beautiful’ which definitely resonates with me.”

A set of Daven trunks sat on the floor next to a potted plant

What’s in store

“I have a bit of an obsession with storage baskets and trunks. I have at least one in every room. Whether it’s for toilet rolls or for the logs for the fire, they’re a neat and effective way to keep things tidy.”

A pair of Ogilvy wall lights on either side of a large round mirror above a square bathroom sink

Shining example

“The Ogilvy wall lights are my favourite. I wanted something to frame the vanity area. They throw the most amazing soft light onto the wall and help create a really strong focal point in what is otherwise a very small space.”

A powder pink loft room with a large double bed dressed in pink linen Brisa bed sheets

Absolutely plastered

“I’m naturally a bit of a colourphobe.” As Heather’s new floor plan instinctively changed and grew, so did her colour palette. “In the loft, we decided to go for the plaster colour because when we first plastered the room, it was really warm and cosy and we wanted to keep it like that. And that kind of peachy, pink colour filtered through the house.”

A small wooden side table in a powder pink bedroom next to a bed dressed in linen Brisa bed sheets

Wrinkles and time

“The Brisa bedding is in both bedrooms. I love linen. It’s great to sleep in. I’m never going back to cotton. Plus, it just gets better with age and you don’t have to iron it, which is the dream.”

A sage green front door with glass panels and brass knocker, letter box and lock

Living it

“I love that the house feels totally ours because we have lived and breathed every single part of its restoration journey.”

Article written by: Carly-Ann Clements
Imagery by: Veerle Evens

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