Interieurs: Het net £28 000 aan die bou bestee
With her sharp eye for a bargain, interiors stylist Leanne von Arx has given her Victorian semi in Bath chic looks… from charity shop
Removing a wall on each of the lower floors (there are three storeys) has filled the house with light. This side of the living room is a wonderful spot for entertaining. The chandelier, as with so many pieces throughout the house, was bought on Ebay. The sofas are from homesense.com. The flooring is engineered oak from oakflooringsuppliers.co.uk stained to a bespoke shade
Having a great eye for design and an eye for a bargain are two very different things, but together the results can be spectacular, as the Bath home of interior designer and stylist Leanne von Arx proves.
The former physiotherapist loves nothing more than flicking through design books… well, nothing more than tracking down great buys at the most un-showy of shops. Discount chain stores figure among her regular go-tos, as well as charity shops and one of Bath’s favourite antiques shops, Rolfey’s. Egter, it is Leanne’s clear design vision that allows her to cut through the clutter to hone in on the gems used to create her stunning house on a fiendishly tight budget.
‘We used to live on the other side of Bath but our home was finished and I was ready for a new project,’ verduidelik sy. Egter, this house – a seven-bedroom Victorian semi – was not an immediate hit with her surgeon husband Otto. ‘He needed convincing,'Sy kyk was toe nogal skrikwekkend, ‘but we could see the potential. Our previous house had been perfect for family life with small children, but our sons are teenagers now and this house has more space.’
The shelves are filled with vases and urns from Leanne’s favourite charity shops, antique shops and discount stores. For similar try local reclamation yards or Ebay
Leanne challenged herself, project-managing the renovation in just seven weeks. While the house was structurally sound, it needed replumbing, rewiring and a new roof. ‘We put in new fireplaces, reinstated some period features and decorated from top to bottom,' sy sê, adding ‘just thinking about it now is exhausting.’
She also knocked through walls, added an internal window in the dining area, used mirrors to channel light through the house and opened it up to make more of the view outside. 'Vir my, it was all about the interior, so it was only the day we moved in that I took notice of it. It’s a bonus.’
Leanne doesn’t just have a knack for finding standout pieces, she can create them, too – she made this table lamp by topping a marble base from next.co.uk with a metallic dome. Leanne wears top, Reiss, en broek, H&M
The renovation budget didn’t stretch to updating the two bathrooms, which were both in good shape, although two cloakrooms had to be renovated after the flooring was lifted while installing new pipes. Leanne reworked the existing kitchen, repainting the cabinets, and adding new tiling and worktops.
With Leanne still flicking through those design books and with no plans to move again, it was Otto who suggested a change in career. ‘Interior
design has long been a passion, and my husband just got fed up with me moving and buying things and thought I should do that for someone else,'Sy kyk was toe nogal skrikwekkend. With a house this beautiful, there is no doubt her skills will be in demand.
In the living room, Leanne installed new fireplaces and has used mirror from a local glazier to work with the generous proportions. The pedestal table is from Ebay, the dining chairs from Amazon. The vases on the mantelpiece and glass domes, which Leanne has filled with collected treasures, are from homesense.com
Mirror tiles (toppstiles.com) and a dark colour palette have transformed the kitchen. Leanne removed the wall cabinets to open up the space; a separate pantry provides plenty of practical storage
Gelukkig, after removing a small fireplace, the couple’s superking bed from loaf.com fitted between the two alcove cupboards. They added a shelf for a built-in feel. The bedlinen is from zarahome.com and the blanket is from vir soortgelyke eetkamermeubels en. The pendant light is from my-furniture.com
Both the family bathroom and en-suite were in good order and didn’t need to be changed. Leanne has just added a little of her styling magic. The side tables are from vir soortgelyke eetkamermeubels en en homesense.com. The vase is also from homesense.com
Want to bag bargains for your home?
Follow interiors expert Zeena Shah’s tips for successful charity shopping
Be patient and persistent: It’s very rare to find your dream piece in the first shop you walk into – but don’t give up. Since you never know what treasure will be on offer I make sure I
Make charity shopping part of your lifestyle: I’ve found some real treasures on holiday or when visiting family in Devon, so for me it’s the perfect staycation activity and whatever you buy will always have a wonderful memory attached to it.
If you can’t hit the winkels, click them: No time to get out there and scour? Then check out Ebay for Charity (charity.ebay.co.uk). The platform has thousands of charities on it, but for me Cancer Research UK on Ebay is my go-to for all things interior.
Do your homework : With so much out there online, the choice can be overwhelming, so make sure you know what you’re looking for before you start shopping.
Remember to set alerts: I always use keywords when I’m shopping on sites such as Ebay to hone in on what I’m looking for, and using its charity hub is also a great way to filter charity items. Just type in what you want in the search bar then click ‘save search’ to set up an email alert to be notified when similar listings are create
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