Over the last few months, I have been guilty of wasting the odd hour here and there planning my dream house on Pinterest.  With my fantasy pot of never-ending money I’ve repinned vast kitchens with atrium style roofs and sumptuous bathrooms with copper baths.  However, a recent trip to Andy Thornton’s Victoria Mill in Halifax beat Pinterest hands down as I wondered around decorating my dream house.

Now, I’m not sure if I’ll ever find a need for a life-size elephant or soldier in my new house  but I’ll know exactly where to go if I do.








However, the 14 seat dining room table we found was pretty special as were the antique radiators, dressmaker’s cabinets, bars and (my personal favourite) an old butcher’s block.

The former textile mill has over 60,000 sq ft of reclaimed and antique furniture.  From their previous home in churches or grand houses, the items are bought back and individually priced before going out on sale.  It was quite sad to walk past row upon row of unwanted church pews and lecterns but hopefully they’ll all find a new home soon.

There wasn’t very much that would actually fit into the new house but it was great to wander around and I’ll definitely keep the front doors and box pews that I saw in mind when we get round to adding the finishing touches.


While I wouldn’t recommend going to the mill with a specific shopping list, there are some real treasures waiting to be uncovered.  On this occasion, the poor weather stopped us from heading outside to the garden section but we’ll just have to save that for next time.

About katerenovates

Hello and welcome to Kate Renovates - a blog about my attempts at renovation. The Husband and I have now been living in our house for four years and changes are being made slowly. It's an unloved Victorian townhouse that had been converted into two flats. Armed with a little bit of know-how and bags of enthusiasm, we have turned it back into one house and are transforming it into our home. Many of the original features remain but the flats had been rented out and so none of the rooms were in great shape. Luckily, it has a fully functioning kitchen and we recently finished the new bathroom and so things are getting more and more comfortable all the time. We're learning as we go and sharing our ups (and downs) on here as we try (fingers crossed) to bring the house back to life. I'd love to hear your thoughts on my blog or any tips you may have on our house project, so to contact me, please email
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3 Responses to IN SEARCH OF IDEAS

  1. Rachel says:

    Have you checked out Pinterest? Its quite good for ideas/inspiration?

  2. Rachel says:

    Oh…just re-read this post….sorry! 😦

  3. Carmel says:

    The cakes look yummy. I expect some when next I visit. C x

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