Monday, March 30, 2015

Restoration Homes

I have several joys in life - British television, interesting history, home renovation shows and DIY projects. And over the years I've nursed many tv addictions to shows in each of these categories.

But this weekend, something magical happened - I found my television soul mate: BBC2's Restoration Home. This perfect, flawless show features ambitious individuals who have purchased historic buildings in England (code for "super fancy fixer-upper") and decide to turn them into beautiful homes. There's DIY, before and after shots, interior design. AND. AND they have a historian and an architectural expert who research the history of the building and its former inhabitants. It's like if Rehab Addict, History Detectives, and Pride and Prejudice had a baby. THIS IS THAT BABY.

Take a look at the show's first showcased project, St. Thomas à Becket Church.


Before

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After

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Oh, hello beautiful archways and light-filled hallway.

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That staircase. 

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Because who doesn't want an altar and beautiful stained glass windows
in their kitchen and dining room?

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Did I mention this was ALL done by ONE guy - a twenty-something with no pre-existing carpentry skills or interior design training? How's that for inspirational. Makes you want to buy a church.

On a different note, regularly scheduled DIY, clothing, and decorating posts will resume later this week. Sorry for the delay - very exciting things have been taking shape in my life, which I'm under strict orders not to discuss with the outside world.
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