Before and After: A UK Victorian Went from Completely Bland to Colorfully Whimsical

published Jul 23, 2021

Before and After: A UK Victorian Went from Completely Bland to Colorfully Whimsical

published Jul 23, 2021
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Name: Lucy Hamilton, her partner Stephen, and daughters 8-year-old Darcey, and 5-year-old Alice
Location: UK
Type of Home: Victorian semi 
Years lived in: 6 years, owned

Lucy Hamilton’s Victorian semi-attached house has four bedrooms over three narrow floors and lots of architectural character (like delightful old fireplaces). But it’s not the house’s history that makes it stand apart… it’s Lucy’s colorful, one-of-a-kind, whimsical style. She runs an online decor store called Lucy Hamilton at Home, which, along with her home, is a perfect encapsulation of her design style: Bright colors, cute art, fun wallpapers, and whimsical accessories. It all blends together to create an incredibly cozy and happy home.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: Whimsical, happy, colorful, and pretty 

Inspiration: Disney. “Alice in Wonderland”

Favorite Element: The kitchen when the doors are open, looking at the garden. Also, the wall mural. It’s a pretty and magical space. 

Biggest Challenge: Our kitchen; see before pics. It’s very narrow. And there was no dining area. We knocked out all the cupboards at the end and painted the cabinets. We also laid a white floor to brighten it up. 

Proudest DIY: Painted stair runners! Very time consuming. But love love them. 

Biggest Indulgence: All my wallpapers are very expensive. The one in the living room on the fireplace wall was £185 per roll. I love it, so it was worth every penny!

What are your favorite products you have bought for your home and why? Wall mural in kitchen by Woodchip & Magnolia. And our playhouses. 

What’s your absolute best home secret or decorating advice? Don’t be boring, don’t just make your whole room gray! Take a chance, paint things… can change easily. Mix cheap with expensive! Mix patterns and textures for layered look. 


  • I love Valspar paint by B&Q. Great colours.
  • I love wall stickers for kids rooms. I sell all my favourites at my shop
  • I love wallpapers by Woodchip & Magnolia. Lacroix. House of Hackney.
  • Sofa — Laura Ashley 
  • Table in kitchen  — IKEA
  • Tile stickers — My shop 
  • Cushions — My shop 
  • Bed — eBay
  • Kids bed — IKEA 
  • French bed — eBay. I painted it gloss white.
  • Kids playroom storage — Besta unit from IKEA
  • Mirrors — eBay
  • Most  accessories — My shop, lucyhamiltonathome 
  • Bath — Victoria plumb
  • Kitchen floor — IKEA
  • Paint for stairs — Ronseal floor paint

Thanks Lucy!

This house tour’s responses were edited for length and clarity.