Newtown, Co. Waterford

A Victorian home with riverside views, beautiful gardens and the most perfect original features throughout. An absolute joy of a house – full of memories and magic.

Newtown is a five bedroom Victorian Home situated in Waterford City. It was original built in 1875 and miraculously it still had some of its original features – dado rails, doors, wooden floors, sliding sash windows, corniced ceilings – the entrance hall even had the original floor tiles.  I couldn’t wait to get started on the interior designs. I had worked with my clients’ John and Siobhan before on another project so I was excited to be working with them again.

As this house was a Period home I used Farrow & Ball as my colour palette as I wanted colours that had a great depth, and as the ceilings are 11ft high, I could afford to use some intense colours throughout.

The Drawing Room was the most formal room and we wanted to keep it as close to how it would have looked back in the 1900’s but with some contemporary touches.  The original fireplace was still in place and so where the original tiles but we installed a stove to upgrade the heating system in the home.

The Entrance Hall is breath taking and the minute you walk in and see the crystal chandelier hanging in the centre you are instantly in tranced by the glamour of the area and you can almost feel like you are back in Victorian times attending the house for a posh event.

There is a sunroom set to the side of the house, and this is a new build designed by an architect to be in keeping with the existing house.  This looks directly out on to a beautiful garden and I wanted to keep it fresh and inviting as it also would be the direct access into the house.  By using Colourtrends Silk Seal on the walls, and replacing the old jute carpet with a walnut floor, I opened up the space.  I had roman blinds made using Voyage Maison fabric that I felt best represented the garden meaning the garden would always be part of their room all year long.

I love period properties, the history and memories in them are just magical.  To be given the chance to breathe new life in to Newtown was a dream come true for me, and the best thing about it was getting the chance to work with my Clients John and Siobhan for a second time.


“We recently moved into an already beautiful Victorian house and wanted to put our stamp on our new home. As we had successfully worked with Brenda Sorensen from Aspect Interiors in the past we immediately knew that Brenda would be the person to oversee the renovation and redecoration of our house to a very high standard.

Brenda listened to our ideas, offered us advice and a choice of amazing suggestions through concept boards so we could visualise the end result. Brenda organised a team of experienced people and ordered all the required materials to complete the project within a specified timeframe.

Brenda is an extremely talented interior designer, professional and is always a pleasure to work with. We are thrilled with the superior level of detail and the overall end result.

Thank you Brenda for helping us put our stamp on our beautiful new home. We are thrilled with the end result.”


Siobhan and John – Newtown

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