When designer and illustrator Carol Maxwell (@maxmademedoit) opened up a shop to sell her artwork, her Victorian Terrace property in South East London went from from stockroom and storage space to family home. Her adjoining reception rooms, in particular, needed a little TLC to turn it into a stylish and functional space. Our friends at West Elm UK worked with Carol to transform her adjoining reception rooms into a useable and stylish space, full of character and color – specifically, blue and pink! The closest Sherwin-Williams color matches are Dark Night SW 6237 (for the walls) and Delightful SW 6289 (for the ceiling). “I loved the front room before, but the back reception room was the dead room of house with no real purpose,” Carol says. “I feel like this room is now an extension of the front room and there is a nice flow and synergy between the two.”

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“I have loved West Elm furniture for so long and feel so privileged to have had this opportunity to work with them,” she says. “Their mid-century style blends perfectly with my interior style, as I love mixing new and vintage to create fresh and original spaces, and the quality of the pieces is top notch.”

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Photography by Brooke Harwood

“I literally could not be happier with how these rooms have turned out. We added in a super-chic marble-topped Delphine sideboard and this stylish Carlo distressed velvet sofa in almost-green teal-y color (Dusty Mint) which is in keeping with the blue sofas that we already had. The sideboard is perfect storage for the boys’ puzzles and games – who says kids storage shouldn’t be stylish?”

“We will use the back room for socializing (mainly playing my husband’s vinyl and dancing when dinner parties turn into the dancing type!) We kept the wall color the same but the addition of the pink ceiling has completely transformed the overall feel of the space now and shows off that original paneled ceiling perfectly. It just feels so cozy, rich and inviting.”

“We added in lots of lighting which is integral to a feel of a room, in my opinion, especially when hosting. I also built up layers of texture by adding lots of cushions, the two rugs and by sewing pink fringing onto the curtains which we inherited from the previous owner. I’m thrilled with how they came out – they just tie the whole room together.”

Photography by Brooke Harwood

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February 2, 2020

What is the wall color ? The ceiling and blizzard are listed, but not the wall color.


February 14, 2020

The decor for the whole house is 1very adorable. I would like to use some of the ideas to decorate my house. I love everything about the designs used.

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