A beautiful Georgian Cloakroom Restored
You may remember that a few years ago, before Covid, we had the opportunity to visit a beautiful Georgian Townhouse in Richmond that had been loving restored with the help of interior designer Ann Jackman.
It is a stunning property and we recently returned to photograph it professionally. It is a very large house and the project is ongoing. The latest corner to be restored is the cloakroom.
Unfortunately we don’t have any before photos but the former owner had been a horder and so it was virtually impossible to get into the room for all the stuff that was housed there. Not only was it filled with boxes and boxes of papers and products but there was also a very large and ancient boiler.
The starting point was to declutter and then rehouse a new boiler upstairs in the first floor utility room. Once the room was cleared there was enough spaces that create a large coat cupboard where the boiler had been as well as new floor to ceiling storgage. The Delft tiles are original – a reminder of the sixteenth century farmhouse that had once stood here.
The original sash windows and panelling was restored and painted in Farrow and Ball Green Blue. All the joinery is new but is deliberately designed to be in-keeping with the period of the house – now mainly a mix of Georgian and Victorian refurishments. The coat hooks were left-over from the time when the house was used by the council as the office to register births, deaths and marriages.
At the other end of the wall Ann designed a false wall with a secret door through to a downstairs bathroom. Panelling was made to match the original and discreet door handle added. The wallpaper is Lewis and Wood Fly Fishing. chosen to evoke the lovley walks the client enjoys with her dog along the nearby Thames.
The cloakroom was designed to include a shower so that he can be hosed down to clean his muddy paws and fur before entering the rest of the house.The tiles are Metro tiles by Fired Earth.
There is still a whole other floor at the top of the house to be renovated. We will keep you updated.
In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with Ann Jackman.
Photography: KT1 Photography