Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Livingetc House Tour ...

Last Friday I volunteered to help out with looking after a house on the Livingetc house tours.
Living etc opened the doors to eight gorgeous homes in West London (around Notting Hill, Kilburn and the West End) to the public and its readers (there was also a tour of north London the previous week) 

This was not the house I looked after, but was one that was on the tour list and I was lucky enough to see ... and one of my favourites!
It belongs to the London stylist Marianne Cotterill

The amazing entryway of this five-storey 1880s Victorian mansion

Marianne and a friend painted the flowers on the wall of this room by hand ... it looked like vintage wallpaper with amazing texture

Marianne was on hand during the tour and generously answered any questions about her home ... and her two dogs slept on the floor or furniture as people walled through, undisturbed!

There was such an eclectic mix of wallpapers, furniture, artwork and amazing carpet on the stairway, plus a miss match of tiles on the kitchen floor - salvaged from a cafe closing down in Belgium,
but it all seemed to work!
It was definitely a mix of classic and kitsch!

If you would like to see more of Marianne's amazing work, click HERE

{all images from Livingetc}



  1. Absolutely enchanting! I have long loved her work - but this is quite out of the realm of the ordinary. Glamorous, romantic, lived in and warm. xx

    1. It was absolutely charming Virginia ... and so was she!
      Just sending you an email re. participating in a blog post.

  2. How fabulous marina! That stain glass window in the first shot is amazing :)

    Abbey x

  3. Beautiful images, great post! Thank you for sharing, I am so glad to meet you. I am so excited to find and follow new special places. I will follow on my way out because I am sure I will enjoy engaging and supporting your special place now I have found you. I hope you will find some time to come visit me soon. Cheers SpecialK XoXo

  4. Wow! Such eclectic style! A truly amazing home. Wish I could have seen it in the flesh.

    ~ Clare x

  5. Stunning home. That entrance is absolutely divine. I love that dressing table in the bedroom - glamour to the nth degree. Just stunning. I have duly bookmarked her website too! Thank you. xx


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