On today’s visit I’m taking you to Cheshire to the most opulent and fabulously OTT rental home I’ve ever seen.
In a historic town in Runcorn, there is a magical home which from outside looks like any other Victorian end of terrace, but when you come inside you immediately enter a colourful and opulent space which is home to Fee and her family.
Fee is a small business owner running Henrietta’s Attic, which is a home décor shop selling customised furniture which Fee lovingly creates, plus anything for your home from soft furnishings, to decorative items, art, things old and new or furniture paint for your own projects. It is like a magical Aladdin's cave which any interiors enthusiast will enjoy.
Since the lockdown when shops were closed, Fee enjoyed focusing on her home rather than the shop which usually takes up all her time and head space for inspiration.
In Fee’s own words:
My love has always been about the opulence and the grand interiors. I often just focus on the interiors whilst watching TV, getting lost in the background of the actual programme as I'm in awe of the period features and the colours of the darkened walls and distressing. Charleston house is a massive inspiration and other heritage properties. I love anything gilded or gold leafed. And I definitely have the weakness for old mirrors. I would fill a house full of them if I could.
The mirrors you find in beautiful period homes, the gold ornate picture frames inspired me to create a distress gilded coving to compliment the high ceilings and the ceiling mural made such a difference to how my rented property feels now.
I’m lucky to have a fab landlord who is more than happy for me to do all the alterations.
All the redecorating which has been done adds additional value to the property.
We live in an old end terraced situated in the historic old town of Runcorn facing the beautiful church which seems to be my preference, I like to have the church in my view from my bay window giving a beautiful outlook.
My style is very much over the top with an eclectic mix. I love period features and period furniture and I’m certain that I was born in the wrong era.
With my love for painting furniture (hence why being a paint stockist) I get the best of both pleasures as I can paint and keep an item and when I get fed up or fancy a change I'll put it in the shop.
My whole living space is painted in Aubusson blue and Athenian Black by Annie Sloan. My choice of art is just what I fall in love with when I see it. It has to be mesmerising so I'm drawn to it almost like a magnet. I’ve noticed that my whole room is full of beautiful eyes and expressions which I guess makes me feel not alone in my room.
I guess that's why I love all Lush Eclectic’s amazing and stunning characters you have created... they work so perfectly because I'm drawn to the gorgeous colours you use.
Don’t get me started on Frida as I am obsessed about her! I love the colours and the happiness she brings.
I am a bargain hunter and true believer in finding second hand items for my home and then giving them a little makeover.
I would love to find a chesterfield sofa to complete my room but with having two cats, I would never be able to settle in case they were to scratch it.
About Fee’s home décor business:
Henrietta’s Attic is designed to be a “home-from-home”, a colourful and relaxed environment, to showcase high quality, locally made products. Now, we all love our furniture here, but we also think that half the fun lies in dressing that perfect signature piece. We have handmade bits n’ bobs sourced from throughout Cheshire, ornaments to draw the eye, vases, framed art, more to discover with every glance. We also stock wall art of varying sizes from local artists and mirrors with ornate frames (to pop against a carefully chosen wall colour perhaps?). Many of our stocked items are one-offs or limited prints, check our Instagram and Facebook for regular updates on current stock.
Owner, Fee, AKA The Revamp Tramp is our Annie Sloan colour expert; she has a huge passion for painting, with a focus on furniture restoration. From the start of her first project (jumping in at the deep end with a 6ft dining table and chairs!), Fee knew she had found her calling. Having used Annie Sloan products for five years, Fee decided her passion needed to be her profession. As an Annie Sloan stockist, she is qualified to teach ‘Introduction to the Annie Sloan Method (Techniques 1)’. Whether discussing creative thoughts with seasoned painters, designing a commission piece, or sharing painting techniques with newcomers to the craft Fee is in her element. Pop in to have a browse, to ask any product or technical questions, or simply chat about your latest restoration.
Fee has been working very hard recently on a big shop transformation and although I had a sneak peek of the ‘work in progress’ I can’t wait to see how it looks now.
I hope that you’ve enjoyed our 5th visit with Lush Eclectic Art into the world of interiors and that you found the above tips and ideas inspiring.
For more home décor inspiration follow Fiona over on Instagram here:
Next time I’m taking you to Herefordshire where we will visit a 1970’s house which has been transformed into… well you will have to wait and see...
Have a lovely Sunday x
Shop Fee's collection of Lush Eclectic Art here:
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