Feeling Partial to Partitions

Above Reclaimed Mahogony Framed Windows from £80, Salvo.co.uk

Sometimes I can carry on for blissful weeks without thinking up a design project for my home and then suddenly there’s a murmuring of items related and unrelated which I have been taking stock of over the last few weeks/months/years, they shift around inside my head, the correct ones align themselves side by side then spurt out into a coherent and urgent decor idea [sounds messy]!

This means I am possessed by needing to achieve this look – past examples being; a drinks trolley shaped hole in my living room [I tracked one down in Junk Deluxe in Margate and refurbished it at home] a vintage wall clock in the hall [carried home to London from Chor Bazaar in Mumbai and painted matt black] the perfect candle sconce to create a cosy winter look last year [brushed silver from Rockett St George] and a shield shaped mirror over my dressing table [this style was seen making the rounds on blogs and I finally tracked one down on Ebay.]


Now getting to the current objects of my desire. Over the past few years, every-time I have visited my regular haunt, the exquisitely designed restaurant this somehow, but never quite knew how I could incorporate the look into my home. Finally, the lightbulb moment hit me when I visited the top floor of Liberty last week and saw that the Visual Merchandising team had used a beautiful set of 19th Century French doors as a kind of room divider.


Our living/dining area is too small to require a partition or divider but since we moved in I have been thinking about what to do with the large expanse of bare wall behind the dining table [my ideas moved between shelves stacked with stylish bowls and utensils for the dining area, or a wall of art ].

Not quite wanting to commit to marring the walls’ plain grey beauty with permanent holes, I am starting to think that maybe a set of three salvaged colonial doors/windows might be the solution to add interest to our living area. The right ones would frame the dining area nicely, the bevelled panes of glass would reflect and enhance the grey wall colour I love and give its current bareness some character. What do you think?

Of course, the best [and worst] part of these obsessions are the next delicious weeks or months spent trawling the net at places like Salvo, Lassco, Retrouvious and Ebay for the perfect fit for my project, so watch this space!



Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at mail@rohiniwahi.com

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