PORTFOLIO

On this page, you’ll find a cross section of images of clients homes, our rental apartments and also commercial spaces redesigned and transformed by Sian and Team Moregeous. Most are back to brick renovations, project managed from conception, through design, building work organisation and management, and on to final dressing and completion. All have been done on affordable, realistic budgets, capturing design trends before they even knew they were trends 😉

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Lots of our work is press featured, for example: Ideal Home, 25 Beautiful Homes, House Beautiful, Move or Improve etc, and has also been featured on Channel 4,  BBC 1 & 2, Channel 5 and ITV’s May The Best House Win (which we won!)

In 2017 we designed and installed three spectacular transformations for BBC1’s Getting The Builders In, real client work done for real clients on camera, featuring Sian, Mr Moregeous and also Jon Rebbeck from Didsbury builders Bigg Hands.

We also filmed four episodes for a Channel Five’s Half Built House where our challenge was to transform four houses from brick disaster areas to gorgeous homes in under two weeks each with just a team of under ten builders

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The Didsbury Flower Lounge

Fabulously clients who run an award winning florists in Manchester. Deep greys and crips whites to showcase the their amazing blooms and floristry work. A heritage feel with Sian’s signature contemporary twists. Updating a small store to accommodate a growing business, changing the space around, adding storage, glamorising an office, and designing in feature walls for Instagrammability. 

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Geo Directional Wallpaper Ceiling

Total wild card. Live filmed but worked a dream. Wallpaper from Albany Papers set at angles on a ceiling for 2017 BBC 1’s Getting The Builders in. Coupled with a birch ply wall mounted storage system for a teenager’s bedroom.IMG_5412

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Outdoor Room – Everyone Wants One!

Design and build of a large garden room for BBC 1’s Getting The Builders In, but more importantly, for Karl and his family as a tribute to their much loved and much missed mum. Hexagon Italian tiles, a Scandi firepit, a composite barbecue decking area (not seen!) and a warm cedar shingle backdrop. We loved doing this job x

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Community Centre Magic

The total transformation of a community centre kitchen on a budget – painting cabinets, re-using existing doors, replacing the wooden surfaces with new Bushboard marble laminate surfacing and all in under 10 days!

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Marble On A Mini Budget

A compact bathroom space, only 2m x 2m square. The creation of something family useful but also which delivered a glamorous spa like bathing space for mum. Topps Tiles marble, Baked Tiling Co decorative flooring and a Si signature shelf!

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Withington Baths : The Bathhouse Project

Unafraid to tackle large scale, challenging projects, Sian redesigned the original female bathhouse at one of the UK’s last remaining Edwardian Baths.

Going full colour for 2016 on the fifth wall, she specified Farrow & Ball’s Folly Green for the pitched ceiling to add life and energy; bespoke joinery to accent the original cubicle walls in deep grey; two Photowall forest window murals to the blocked up windows and a bespoke Amtico floor using grey herringbone to visually accentuate where the original slipper baths used to sit.Withington Baths Bathhouse Restoration.jpg

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Triton Shower PR Campaign 

The challenge here was to completely change one room set over 24hrs to create three different room sets for an advertising campaign for the launch of Triton’s new remote access shower control in 2017. Urban cool, rattan botanical and blush romance were chosen to radically change the room set using only wallpaper. 

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Bath Empire TV ads

Designing, specifying and installing two different sets for a TV campaign for Bath Empire / Soak Bathrooms. Sian used a long time favourite, Harvey Maria flooring, to create visually interesting floor spaces which enhanced the bathroom suites.

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The Splendid Sausage Co, Manchester

A city centre restaurant designed and transformed in less than two weeks using a palette of inexpensive materials in vibrant colours. OSB boarded the existing booths, brilliant white lifted the ceiling and vivid red gave punch to the scheme. A host of independent design touches arranged and specified by Sian such as a unique reclaimed bar top, bespoke upholstery & typography, specially designed lighting and even a circus ceiling in the ladies loo ensured a totally individual look.

The Splendid Sausage Co, Manchester designed by Sian Astley at Moregeous

The Splendid Sausage Co, Manchester designed by Sian Astley at Moregeous

The Splendid Sausage Co, Manchester designed by Sian Astley at Moregeous

The Splendid Sausage Co, Manchester designed by Sian Astley at Moregeous

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The Pad

A luxury mini hotel room in West Didsbury, Manchester. Available for short period rentals and overnight stays, this compact but glamorous room was transformed using a palette of rich greys, pale silvers and eye-popping yellows.

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Project Polka

Small terraced property renovated and transformed on a budget including a new kitchen and bathroom with a palette of cream, pale blue, oak and vintage styling. 

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Project Rivet

Full redesign undertaken by Sian of a two bedroomed Manchester apartment in a converted factory in 2014. Transformed to create an industrial but glamorous, vintage feel. New shower room installation, full redecoration and refurnishing.

Dark ceiling before dark ceilings became de rigeur 😉

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Half Built House Eastbourne

Large family kitchen, dining area and living room designed and specified for Channel 5’s Half Built House.

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Half Built House Birmingham

Large family bathroom, bedroom and first floor office designed by  for Channel 5’s Half Built House.

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Half Built House Exeter

Contemporary white gloss and oak kitchen, dining room, a bedroom, ensuite and family bathroom designed for Channel 5’s Half Built House.

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Half Built House Perthshire

Compact family kitchen / dining space and therapy room for Channel 5’s Half Built House.

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Project Pizza

Back to brick redesign of a first floor one bedroom rental apartment in West Didsbury. The galley kitchen was opened up into the living area by removing a stud wall but building a new small half stud to maintain a feeling of separation between the spaces. The coving was restored and extra storage gained by lowering the entrance hallway ceiling. The bedroom / en-suite were reconfigured and both fireplaces opened up.

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Project Bump

Never seen so many lumps & bumps as on the communal hallway walls in this three storey Victorian property converted into six apartments. We’d already renovated the flats so the hallway was next. All the perished plaster was removed, new insulated plasterboard used, re-skimmed throughout then dado rail added for durable paint below and glamorous wallpaper above. With new lighting and stripped back timber bannister and newel post, the transformation was complete 🙂

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Project Tofu

Back to brick redesign and refit of a residential bathroom in Victorian terrace. Doorway moved to allow the installation of separate shower cubicle, previously not thought possible by client. Whirlpool bath, no visible pipework, cabinet mounted basin on wall mounted unit and travertine tiles & mosaics.

Limestone family bathroom with walnut cabinets

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Project Princess

Back to brick redesign of a large one bedroomed rental apartment in West Didsbury. The tiny narrow kitchen was opened up into the living area by removing a stud wall, extra storage gained by lowering the entrance hallway ceiling, I redesigned the shower room layout, opened up a huge fireplace and completely refurbished the property in 8 weeks. An apartment fit for a princess, said the tenant 🙂

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Project Rose

Rose Cottage, a Grade 2 listed, two bedroomed cottage which the Moregeous team redesigned, rebuilt, renovated and redecorated in 2009/10. It featured on ITV’s May The Best House Win on Jan 21st 2011, and we won our episode.

We are very proud of this little project, it’s specification and finish. In fact, we love it!

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Project Squeeze

Back to brick redesign of small top floor studio into one bedroomed apartment. Lots of hurdles to overcome on this one as it was tiny but all in all it’s a great use of the limited space available, not an inch is wasted!

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Green Tea Restaurant, West Didsbury

This was a project which had to be completed in under a week.

The design reflected the food, geography and nature of the Ben-Xi area of North Western China and you can read about the inspiration behind this scheme here:

https://moregeous.wordpress.com/2010/09/10/green-tea-how-the-interior-design-tells-the-story/

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Sian Astley Moregeous Interior Design & Build Manchester

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Project Monochrome, West Didsbury

A back to brick full redesign, renovation and redecoration of a one bedroomed, top floor apartment. Again every inch of space is used, with the opened up ceilings bringing light and creating an almost church like feel.

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Heaven Spa at The Hilton, Manchester

Redecoration to create an enchanted forest, jewel in the city feel to the spa.

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Project Luxe Liner

A bathroom redesign and installation for a client to create a luxury, period feel in a 1930’s property,

using Chanel, Jo Malone packaging and the luxury liners of the early 1900’s as inspiration.

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Project Everett, West Didsbury

A back to brick redesign, renovation and redecoration of three rental apartments

housed within one Victorian terraced property

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Project Cacti

Kitchen redesign and installation on a very affordable budget: slate tiling, underfloor heating, white gloss units, granite worktop, bespoke printed blind using Moregeous provided image

Client kitchen designed and installed – Move or Improve Magazine 2007

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Project Coral

Redesign and installation of small family bathroom for private client

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Salford Registry Office

Specification and redecoration of the main registry room and private room to createa sumptuous, decadent feel in what had been an unused office space

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New Wedding Room Suite, Salford Civic Centre - Jan 2008
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  1. Hi Sian, your blog is great! Feeling very smug to be in one of your properties. As well as my sewing, my dad has his own printing business should you ever want wall art for your properties or interior work, canvases etc. So here’s his website if you ever need it:

    http://printiton.co.uk/

    It’s undergoing some upgrades at the moment so bear with it 🙂

    K x

    1. Thanks Claudia, that’s really lovely of you to say so. It’s tough out there at the moment! Find your niche, stick to what you’re good at, network like mad, get on social media, work on friends and family’s houses to build a portfolio for when things get better! Sian x

  2. Wow..amazing rooms and ideas. Thanks for directing me to the blog (via twitter). We’ve bought a house (in didsbury) that needs attention! Planning on knocking thru teeny tiny kitchen and dining room (it is a supporting wall I think) and possible extension at back to make nice big family room. Love your ideas re: flooring combo’s – wasn’t sure how tiles and wood would look together, and the exposed brick fireplaces – is that easy/expensive to do? would love that in our new room. Any tips on budgeting? Im a bit scared of whats to come!
    Will be watching Half Built House on Channel 5 for more ideas and pitfalls to watch out for x thanks Sian x

  3. We are in the midst of renovating three rooms into one and most of the structural work is almost complete. panic has set in as cannot decide where to go from here. Your ideas are amazing and I am going to watch and watch until the ‘light comes on’ Wish you could be my fairy godmother. Fantastic brilliant amazing Sian !

  4. Never heard of you before tonight Sian, until I watched ‘Half built house’. Very impressed with what I saw. It’s great to see a female cross the invisible boundary of a predominant male career. I’ve just had my first experience of designing, project managing, labouring, learning new skills and funding my own 30 by 25 foot 2 storey extention. Most men delivering materials to my house were looking for a man to sign off job sheets or check the orders, most were suprised to see a female. Working with a stone mason, who is a master of precision and takes total pride in his work has been awe inspiring. His knowledge was the key to the sucess of this project, a real pleasure to work along side. Now attempting to design oak wall panelling for my new living room. Like yourself, I’m keen to find uses for materials stripped from the old building and incooperate them into the new. I’ve dug up and cleaned hand made bricks from a friends garden to recreat a fire place, sourcing ebay for a woodburning stove, salvage yard for a beam that became the feature piece for my fireplace and my best one being resanding my old garage roof tong and groove pine boards to recreate my bedroom floor. I wish more women would take ownership of such projects, it would really suprise them what they can do when you put your mind to it. Come on girls!

  5. Hi Sian loving the programme and the Fix on your programme. Really liked the Peacock wallpaper used. Have been looking for something like this. Can you advise where it is from?

    1. Hi Shirlee, it’s from a lovely company called Prestigious Textiles, you can find them on-line. It’s from the Art & Soul Collection but they’ll know which one it is when you mention Half Built House 🙂 Regards and thanks for watching, Sian x

  6. Hi Sian, I’m a newbie to your blog and love it!! Especially your makeover of Rose Cottage. It looks very much like the layout of our cottage in Cornwall apart from the fact we have a big wooden supporting post in the middle of the room near the stairs. I’ve painted the beams & post a lovely F & B creamy white colour but setting furniture around this blinkin’ post is a mission. Any advice is welcomed if you have a spare second. Meanwhile I am planning to re decorate using your ideas from Rose Cottage! Amanda x

  7. Hi Sian. Total newbie here but have been researching traditional style bathrooms for our small ensuite and see you have used both TC Vitoria and Burlington suites before. Would you recommend both of these suppliers? Also who do you most rate for traditional taps and showers? Any advice would be very welcome. Kate x

    1. Hi Kate
      Unfortunately TC Bathrooms have gone bust, all very sad and a sign of the times 😦
      I was very pleased with the quality and finish of the Burlington pieces.
      I’ve used a lot of Sagittarius Taps and like their Churchmans range, you could find a local supplier? Or B&Q do great affordable taps in traditional styles
      Sian
      x

  8. Beautiful rooms. I love how in project squeeze there’s a lot of white to give the sense of space, but you’ve added warmth and texture with the subtle addition of Gold and beautiful wall lights, the exposed ceiling beam completes the scene by bringing the room together. The room looks spacious, elegant and homely. Also love the large feature mirror and delicately curved table in the first pictures – softens the room.

  9. Hello Sian
    I have had your article in November’s issue of Professioinal Builder on my desk for ages intending to write to them congatulating them on giving much needed space to inspirational women like you, in the building trade.
    I have recently completed a back to brick total renovation of a Victorian wreck on the Malvern Hills. My second major project. My builder and I are mates and I got stuck in with him on all aspects of the project getting filthy a lot of the time, mixing concrete, shovelling it, pulling down ceilings etc etc, and loving it all. Its great to see the bare bones but know what it will look like on completion. I now have a very beautiful home,the only down side is that the property market is not buoyant enough to sell and make a healthy profit. But I have itchy feet, so will find a way to source another project.
    I liked being a woman in a mans world, and my builders suppliers all knew me by name by the end of it all. More woman needed in this trade definately. You are an inspiration !!! I do hope that you succeed with the city council in Manchester in your bid to save the Baths.
    I have added my web site as I am a mural painter/decorator and who knows when someone might need/want wall painting??

  10. hello I’m new on here having bought a cottage recently that needs completely revamping. Am loving all the inspiring stories and photos on your website and will be looking out for repeats of your tv programme for more inspiration. I have a quick question and would love input/photos from anyone who can help me make my mind up. We have dark beams throughtout the cottage and whilst its south facing, the low ceilings with dark beams make it feel quite oppressive. Some of the beams look stained, some look varnished and two actually look like they have been painted dark brown. Given the mix match, what would be your suggestion of painting them? I am leaning towards a putty coloured chalk paint as I think stripping the beams back will unveil a real mixmatch of beams and some won’t be that pretty! I am looking at Annie Sloan paints as I also want to have a go at painting some furniture in the bedrooms. Whats your thoughts on this paint? thanks

  11. Gorgeous makeovers! The first one is my favorite, because of its industrial design mainly. I am usually not a big fan of wallpaper, but this one works for me. And the reason why is the dark grey color on the walls I think, the whole factory like combination is very stylish and yet the space remains warm and inviting. Good job with the lighting.

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