We had been looking at two bed maisonettes when ours came on the market… I think we were just wowed by the prospect of an actual house! It was pure granny-ville with cork walls, crazy funky carpets and even a stair lift! It wasn’t exactly our taste, but we could see past the dated exterior and knew it was a house we could make a home. We put an offer in and that was that!
Have you had any major work done?
Yes! This past year we’ve had both a loft conversion and an extension – it’s been a bit crazy. The whole lot took a year from the scaffolding going up to Building Regs signing us off. It involved a lot of decision making, a huge number of trips to IKEA, moving into my parents for weeks at a time, and a good few sleepless nights, but we’ve come out the other side and we are so thrilled!
Our builder was absolutely fantastic, and we felt a little sad saying goodbye!
What is your favourite room in the house?
Without doubt the kitchen diner. We knocked out the entire back of our house and opened it up and its now this huge light room that is the hub of our home. It’s where we spend 90% of our time as a family, and in the summer it opens up onto the garden. I’m still getting used to my new big kitchen… after having a tiny kitchen for so long, I’m still pinching myself!
⇑ White shelf from Ikea ⇑
Is there anything that you would change about your home if you could?
We’ve never updated the family bathroom. It looks SO dated now, but when we moved in, it was the most habitable and stylish room in the house – and that’s saying something! Its an aqua blue suite… old school, and not in the funky retro sense. One day we’ll do it!
What is the next home project that we can look forward to seeing on your blog?
With the arrival of our fourth child, and our second little boy, we have plans to move the boys in together (our girls share already)… so there’ll be some kind of adventure-explorer theme. I’ve already started a Pinterest board… watch this space!
⇑ White bunk beds ⇑
What a transformation! I love the simple Scandinavian feel to Claire’s home. Something tells me that she might have been slightly influenced by her half Norwegian husband! Claire also spent 12 months in Austria during her early twenties so her four children are being brought up to be trilingual – German, Norwegian and English. I told you Claire had a zest for life to rival no other!