Tatty Devine is actually the name of a jewellery company in the UK, but it’s an expression that I like to use when something’s both kind of ragged, but fabulous. Sort of like rough-luxe. I saw a house on-line which exemplified the expression perfectly.
Here’s what the listing says about it: Classic Georgian symmetrical front with rusticated quoins, sill bands, modillion cornice and parapet with open lattice sections as well as a central porch with Ionic ¾ columns. That’s some kind of architect-speak.
On to the inside…Divine, except for the tatty light fixture. Oh, and the serious need for plaster and paint work. The listing says: elaborate paneled plaster ceiling in the Drawing Room with deeply undercut fruit and flowers. It is a pretty amazing ceiling, isn’t it?
This staircase could be amazing, especially with the barley-twist balusters. Here’s what the listing says about the stairs: open-well stair with quarter landings at the back of the house, with fluted newel posts rising between floors and pyramid pendants below, barley sugar balusters.
The house is listed for £425,000 - £475,000, which isn’t bad,considering that it’s got three reception rooms and six bathrooms. It’s just off the M32, which leads into the M4 to London in one direction and Cardiff in the other. It’s a road I am well familiar with. And it’s just off the same road as this beauty.