This Victorian House Is Full of Beautiful Botanical Art (and Has a Seriously Cool Glass-Backed Bookcase)

published May 8, 2020

This Victorian House Is Full of Beautiful Botanical Art (and Has a Seriously Cool Glass-Backed Bookcase)

published May 8, 2020
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Name: Hannah Brown, her husband, their two boys, and cat, Pie
Location: Bishopston — Bristol, United Kingdom
Size: 1991 square feet
Years lived in: 9 years, owned

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Hannah Brown not only runs her own interior design business, she’s also an incredible artist of unique, modern botanical art. It’s beautiful artwork that is sprinkled all around the home she shares with her family. Her botanical art pieces are often set in bespoke box frames and they’re detailed and intricate. This attention to detail is similar to the way she’s decorated the rooms of her Victorian terrace house, which the couple bought as a renovation project. “We loved the position and the outlook out the back of the property. As it is terraced, it has a sloping garden with height and therefore great views over Bristol,” Hannah explains.

“The house is a perfect family home, we all have our own space and this is essential with us both working from home,” says Hannah. “It is the perfect house to entertain in; the kitchen and dining room extends onto the upper deck, so it’s great for parties and due to the height of the house the kids don’t hear a thing.”

Apartment Therapy Survey:

My Style: A mix of contemporary to classic mid-century modern style to antique nostalgic pieces. Personable.

Inspiration: Everything that makes me smile and feel warm—my childhood, my family, friends, garden, memories. If I see a piece of furniture I like, I have to position it in my mind and connect it to a favorite old blanket or cushion.

Favorite Element: Lighting. I love my house at night; I love buying pendants and lamps. I love what lamps give to a space. They transform a space and enhance the elements around it.

Biggest Challenge: Living for three months without a kitchen, washing up in the bath, draining pasta on the street covered in dust!

Proudest DIY: The glass-backed bookshelf on the landing. When we moved the bathroom, I was worried we would lose natural light where the door had been, so instead of filling it in we created a bookshelf backed with glass so the light from the original bathroom still comes through. On the other side it looks great too as you can see the books through the glass in our walk-in wardrobe space. Also my sons’ split-level room in the attic space.

Biggest Indulgence: Getting the French doors done with a Juliet balcony last year. For me it has transformed the space; I never used to use this space before and always had plans to replace the two sash windows, however it was not a necessity at the time as the sashes were gorgeous and so this was definitely an indulgence. Now we sit with the doors open and receive the last of the sun as it goes down; it is my favorite spot for a game of backgammon and a glass of wine!

Best Advice: Don’t ever concern yourself with what others think; create a space that works for you and your family, bring your own character into your house. Don’t be hasty, live in your space before making big decisions. Let it evolve.

What’s your best home secret? If you don’t use it, throw it out! And if you fall in love with something—don’t think too much just buy it!



  • Master Bedroom — Farrow and Ball’s Elephants Breath
  • Living Room — Farrow and Ball’s Cornforth White
  • Living Room chimney — Little Greene
  • Bathroom — Farrow and Ball’s Hardwick White and Studio Green
  • Spare room and boys rooms — Farrow and Ball’s Strong White
  • Office — Dulux Quartz gray and Deli Bazaar


  • Stair Runner — Hartley & Tissier
  • Wallpaper — Cole & Son, Vivienne Westward – Squiggle


  • Artemide Tolomeo Mega Terra Floor Lamp
  • Plan Chest — Mid-century Modern Fair
  • Glass cabinets — Antique shops
  • Trunk — Antique shop
  • Ekstrom Lamino Chair — Antique shop
  • Knoll Cushions — Hannah Brown Interiors
  • Amber glass jars — Baileys Home and garden
  • Yellow buttoned armchair — Antique shop
  • Tartan gray armchair —  My uncles reupholstered locally
  • Gray sofa —  Bo Concept
  • Botanical art —  Hannah Brown Interiors


  • Table — Conran shop warehouse sale
  • Pendant — John Lewis
  • Chairs — eBay
  • Built-in shelving — Custom made


  • Corian worktop
  • Butchers block — Gumtree
  • Pendent above sink — Kathleen Hills


  • Wallpaper — Cole & Son, woods by Michael Clarkson
  • Artemide Tolomeo wall Lamp
  • Welsh Blanket — Billie Jean, Bristol
  • Glass cabinet — IKEA
  • Bedspread — Billie Jean, Bristol
  • Washstand — Reclamation Yard
  • Wall light—  Artemide Tolomeo
  • Sofa bed — Made
  • Glass pendant —  Baileys Home and Garden


  • Bath — Villeroy and Boch
  • Mirror — Heals
  • Pendant — Reclamation Yard
  • Cabinet — eBay
  • Marble shelf — Reclamation Yard
  • Palm Artwork — Hannah Brown Interiors

Thanks Hannah!