What’s it like living in an Art Deco house?
Well, it’s beautiful, it’s light, it’s white, it’s elegant, it’s hot in summer, it’s cold in winter, and the roof is a constant worry – I mean a talking point.
But hey, why not pay a visit my house to find out…..
The front gate
Turn into my road … it’s the one with the recently mown wide grass verges and pink flowering cherry and silver birch trees. Walk past the Arts and Crafts houses, nice in their own right, but my art deco house adds a touch of show stopping glamour to the street scene. Stop at the wooden gates with a sunburst design. The angular rays promise a taste of the design inside.
Up the Garden Path
As you walk up the garden path towards the bright white rendered house, glance at the wooden garage doors which also feature the sunburst design in the top quarter. The attached garage has been built to house a small car like a Morris 8 or an Austin 7.
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Past the flowers which border the grass, to the wide geometric porch, pause on the red tiled front step and knock on the wooden door which has one narrow glass panel set in it, offset to the centre. Admire the additional narrow frosted windows which are set into the radiating walls of the porch and glance up at the original wooden and frosted glass porch light shade set into the white ceiling of the porch.
I rush to the door and invite you to step over the wide wooden threshold into the hallway and you will notice how light the house is. The original wide Crittal windows with their narrow horizontal metal bars between the panes allow light to flood in to all areas, all rooms – there isn’t a dark gloomy space in the house. Your eye is drawn past me, through the geometric archway in the hall through the kitchen door to the view of the garden through the kitchen window.
Walls, Ceilings and Floors
The walls are all painted white to reflect the light. The ceilings are high and all walls have plain angular picture rails set at the height of the door architraves. The downstairs floors have original strip pine flooring with the exception of the kitchen and cloakroom which are solid concrete. The original black bakelite light switches which remain are set onto wooden blocks. The windowsills are made of thick red quarry tiles.Embed from Getty Images
The house is geometric; every room is angular, shapes echoed in the hall, angular arches and in the porch and the shape of the windows.
There are fireplaces in the two downstairs reception rooms and the two bedrooms above. The downstairs fireplaces have wide tiled surrounds with a simple stepped geometric pattern. You catch sight of yourself in the large mirror hanging from the picture rail of the chimney breast. The bedroom fireplaces are narrower but have the same simple elegance.
A rug covers the centre of the floor in the lounge but the pine flooring is visible around the edges. The room is furnished with a cloud design three piece suite and a sideboard. Black and white photos of my family are set into decorative geometric photo frames.
The first floor balconies in the bedrooms invite you to step outside through the Crittal doors and enjoy more light.
From the landing there are doors to the bedrooms and the bathroom; behind another door is a further flight of wooden stairs. Up the stairs we come out into the roof house and out onto the roof.
The roof is flat and bounded on all sides by a low brick wall. You can sit, sunbathe and admire the far reaching views (if you have a head for heights).
Returning to the ground floor …..
Through the patio doors, we step into the garden where after work I often sit and catch the last of the summer sun’s rays. We sip 1930s cocktails comfortably seated in 1930s wooden deckchairs.
That’s it for this visit, I’m afraid as I wave to you from the front doorstep – I have to get back to my blog, but do feel free to drop in to my 1930s life again soon!
My next post: Restore your 1930s Home is coming soon
In the meantime you can follow my Art Deco board on Pinterest for inspiration!
Or visit my Zazzle stores and check out some of my Art Deco designs.