When we first moved into our house about six years ago it was perfect to live in, but we definitely bought it with the intention to update it – carpets were worn, floral and bright, the kitchen was so brown and the space wasn’t being used in the best way. We started working on our room almost straight away. Jared moved a wall to create a wardrobe area, then we decorated the remaining of the upstairs room by room. We weren’t planning on renovating the bathroom for a while but we had a huge leak which ruined one wall and the flooring, so we were pushed into that one. Major renovating started about two years ago. The whole downstairs was reworked – walls were knocked down, doors were moved and the kitchen completely ripped out. Jared did so much of it himself and we saved thousands as a result. I mainly painted, put furniture together, put up shelves, clocks and pictures, laid laminate flooring and made plans for the ‘unimportant’ bits and pieces.
I’m would say I am rather house proud – I love rearranging things, buying flowers, making things for it and I have a thing about hoovering the downstairs every day. Saying all that it is most definitely ‘lived in’, cluttered and there are two rooms that aren’t fit to share – the empty third bedroom and the dreaded back room that is rammed with books and crafty bits. Joining in with #myhomestyle with Becky and Emma on Instagram has made me appreciate my home so much more, particularly the little corners and details that I took a long time deciding on, that are often ignored on a day to day basis. As an Instagram newbie I am thrilled to have been featured both weeks – such a lovely surprise!
Here is a sneak peak into our home:
I would say that my taste is pretty eclectic. It doesn’t matter whether it’s old or new or where it’s from, if I like it, I like it. When we first moved into our house I had visions of it being a combination of Laura Ashley and Zara Home, which are both incredibly beautiful, but I quickly realised that I love nick nacks, markets, bargains, charity shop finds, plants in random places and old gems far too much. I find it hard to part with money if I know I can get it cheaper somewhere else like eBay. I also like to have lots of ‘talking points’ around the house that may spark interest in Winston, like the map table cloth below, along with posters and pictures.
Interiors seem to feature heavily on my Instagram. You can follow me here.