Upstairs Landing

When we moved into our home the upstairs landing was a very unflattering shade of dirty pink.  In the photo below you can see how it looked.  On the left you can see an airing cupboard, (which has since made way to create more space in the teeny, tiny bathroom ) and the doorway to No 1 son’s bedroom ( papered in a fetching brown flower pattern) he was not amused having to sleep in there I can tell you. Filthy carpets in all the rooms, upstairs and downstairs were immediately removed.  As I said in a previous post I just couldn’t bare the thought of our family sitting or playing on them !


Hubby spent many nights stripping the woodchip from these walls and plasterboarding the ceiling and walls smooth.  He removed a really unflattering single light bulb which hung over the stairs and  gave out little light.  It took five years for us to be able to afford it, but we decided in the end that the luxury of carpet was a must for upstairs on the landing, in our bedroom and in the twins room.  No1 Son preferred a wooden floor (cool mum, cool).


 (looking back down the hall from No 1 son’s bedroom)

The glass brick wall replaced the original doorway to the bathroom and the airingcupboard doorway became the new bathroom door.

I thought it might look really good to have downlights running around the ceiling.  This turned out better than we expected and gives a wonderful feeling to the landing space.

I decided to put etched window vinyl on the landing window, this meant we had maximum light into the space but still protected our privacy.  I am not a lover of net curtains or blinds as they block out too much light.  Light is everything to me.  We even tested it at night by turning all the lights on and standing on the landing whilst my husband and I took it in turns to go outside and look up to see if we could see each other ! 



  1. gidders1
    March 12, 2011 / 2:46 pm

    You have a really great eye for space and light, inspirational!!

  2. Karen Jones
    March 12, 2011 / 2:57 pm

    Thank you gidders1 I love bright, white space : ) I am sure it must say something about my mental state xx

  3. QWERTY Mum
    March 12, 2011 / 3:51 pm

    The people you bought your house from must have shopped in the same paint shop as the people we bought ours from!

  4. Karen Jones
    March 12, 2011 / 3:57 pm

    Qwerty mum ha! Little old lady for many years. It was horrific. xx

  5. Karen Jones
    March 12, 2011 / 3:58 pm

    Buckswriter oh, if you do please let me know, I am considering entering a design competition and could do with support from blog followers : ) xx

  6. carole
    March 12, 2011 / 4:07 pm

    Wow what a difference it looks great. I especially like the glass brick wall, you have such a flair, you're a very talented lady 🙂

  7. Karen Jones
    March 12, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    Carole, thank you sweetie, you will see the wall in all its glory when I do the bathroom post. The difference it has made to the light in that corner is amazing. xx

  8. WhiteLily
    March 12, 2011 / 4:38 pm

    I think you've missed your calling here. You really should be an interior designer. If I win the lotto I'm going to buy a big house and pay you to decorate it!Love that glass brick wall – stunning

  9. Nicki Cawood
    March 13, 2011 / 8:24 am

    Gorgeous as always!Love the lighting – so effective and I am going to look into the vinyl myself – is it easy to use / remove?

  10. Karen Jones
    March 13, 2011 / 8:32 am

    Hi Nicki, thank you for the comment. Yes the vinyl is great. Its relatively easy to apply, just make sure you have cut it properly to size before you peel off the backing and have little water spray bottle to spray the window before you apply it, smoothing it as you go to ensure no bubbles or creases. Not sure about removing it, we haven't tried : ) xxWe also have it in the kitchen as we are overlooked by the neighbours.

  11. midlifesinglemum
    March 13, 2011 / 8:43 am

    Lovely, as usual. I've posted picures to go with Thursday's blog – so now you can see your influence spreading to the Middle East. Thank you – Rachel

  12. Nicki Cawood
    March 13, 2011 / 10:23 am

    Karen you are a star! I'm not a net person either but big windows = too many nosy sods lol. Love the clean look. Any recommended retailers oh interior design goddess or do I hit b&q?

  13. Karen Jones
    March 13, 2011 / 12:55 pm

    Hi Nicki, Yes, we got ours from B & Q (They have several designs) There are lots of companies popping up online now. You can have all sorts made to your own design, so your imagination can run riot. This is a nice company

  14. Nicki Cawood
    March 13, 2011 / 1:15 pm

    Thank you!!!

  15. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    March 13, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    Your house is gorgeous – come and decorate mine for me 😉

  16. Karen Jones
    March 13, 2011 / 7:43 pm

    Thank you Cass, will add you to my growing client list ; ) xx

  17. (Mostly) Yummy Mummy
    March 14, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    Gorgeous as ever! It is hard to believe just what a transformation you have made – you'd never believe that it was the same house! Your eye for detail is really quite something and it all just oozes in light and gorgeous-ness x

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