Taking on the complete renovation of an Edwardian property is no mean feat. For Anna Marie Smith of @feather_and_faff_interiors, the house, with its many styles added by previous owners over the years, lacked a cohesive flow between the spaces. Turning an old dining room with its veneered wooden floor and decorative glittered wallpaper into a combined utility and boot room was a practical decision for Anna, which suits her lifestyle perfectly as it is at the rear of the house where the back door leads directly onto the garden. “This works perfectly with the dogs when returning from mucky walks,” she says, “as we can easily clean them off and leave them in here to dry. With the washing machine and tumble dryer, it is also perfectly positioned for taking the washing out to hang on the line.”
Anna wanted to create a space that had the feel and warmth of a grand country house; somewhere that you can sit and remove boots, where dogs have their own space and with an expanse of worktop.
Ca’ Pietra’s Chatham Porcelain Oak was chosen for the flooring as well as for the hallway, to create a flow between the two areas and make them feel more spacious. “I particularly wanted a porcelain tile,” adds Anna, “as we are adding underfloor heating to the entire ground floor and porcelain retains the heat so well for hours. It’s also so realistic to real wood, which adds character and warmth to the scheme. It’s a lovely pale shade that will not fight visually with the dark wood and antique pieces I have.”
Another benefit is that porcelain is easy to keep clean, as Anna reveals, “I’m finding the flooring a breeze to clean. One cabinet is dedicated to cleaning products, where I store my vacuum and mops. After a quick sweep through, I use a micro fibre mop with soapy water and disinfectant. Having been subjected to much wear and tear already from our two Spaniels and being a thoroughfare from the garden with mucky boots and trainers, the tiles are proving to be extremely durable and look as good as new.”
For the bespoke cabinetry, which Anna designed herself, and wall panelling above the sink, Anna chose Ca’ Pietra’s Proper Good Paint™ in Charlotte’s Whisper with its natural greige and undertones of green that reflect beautifully from the greens in the garden. “I was so torn between choosing a light or a dark paint or a mix of the two,” she explains. “This was definitely my most challenging decision and I tried out many tester pots. I then chose Ren’s White for the ceiling, walls and lower wall panelling, as it’s a beautiful warm white and a lovely pairing with Charlotte’s Whisper. A lot of my inspiration comes from Pinterest and Instagram, from which I took lots of ideas and pulled it all together. Ruby and Scott, our two Spaniels, now love their own cubby hole and can’t wait to hop in there to sleep.”