One of my reasons for starting this blog was to reignite some of the passions that I had pre-children. Ones that got pushed to the back-burner due to obvious reasons. Ones that I have more time for now that they are growing up.
I’ve always had an interest in interiors, something that led me to completing a curtain-making course at night school some 6 years ago, as well as building up a huge pile of homes and interiors magazines over the years.
Now that I blog and am an avid social media fan, I’m drawn to Pinterest boards of beautiful bedrooms and blogs where the writer inspires me with pictures of home decor and latest accessories.
Basically, I’m a nosy creature. Social media and blogging is heaven for people like me! With that in mind, I’ve decided to start a monthly series on my blog, interviewing bloggers about their homes – the story behind it, their latest projects and of course photographs. We love photographs!
To start the ball rolling, I’m going to introduce you to my home…
Where do you live and how long have you lived in your home?
We live in Wokingham, Berkshire and moved into this home back in 2006 – almost 11 years ago now.
Rewind to 2005 and we had some crazy notion to up sticks and move to the Bath area – I think we had been watching a few too many episodes of ‘A House in the Country’! This led us to selling our family home of five years and moving into rented accommodation whilst we waited for the sale to go through on our ‘forever home’.
We had set our hearts on an old Bath farmhouse that needed gutting (were we mad?!) but after attempting to buy it twice and the sale falling through both times, we started to become uneasy about the move. Was it the right thing for us as a family? Sometimes I think these things happen for a reason.
So we began to look again, at houses in our local area, and here we’ve stayed for 11 years!
What were the first impressions of your home?
My husband was brought up on a farm so is a country boy at heart, the fact that this house was situated on a main road (it’s all relative but it’s a trunk road through from the village to the town) was a big black cross on his wish list.
The house had been on the market a little while and the only reason we hadn’t looked at it was because of the road it is situated on, otherwise it ticked all of our boxes.
I remember going to look at it on my own initially, with all three children in tow. The garden was so much bigger than the one we were used to and the girls played happily out on their swing and slide, as I looked around the house with our then 12 month old baby.
The house had a lovely atmosphere and the rooms were spacious and flowed into each other well. I persuaded the husband to come and view it later that week and the rest is history!
Have you had any major work done?
We had a small single story extension done about 8 years ago which created a much bigger hallway and utility room. The previous owners had had the plans already drawn up and it seemed like a sensible idea.
We had wooden floors put in throughout the whole of the downstairs and a new kitchen with additional skylights, about two years after the extension was done.
We’ve had both bathrooms done in the last 5 years but other than a small addition to the front of the house, it remains structurally the same as when we moved in.
What is your favourite room in the house?
This is a hard question because there’s little bits of every room that I love. We recently updated our playroom, turning it into a snug (although we still call it The Playroom!) and I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, the wood burning stove being a welcome addition in the winter.
Our sitting room is probably my favourite room however, because I just can’t fault it. It’s a square shape so easy to arrange furniture in, has lots of natural light and some interesting features. It was a great ‘blank canvas’ to work with, after taking out the pretty hideous brick fireplace that was dominating the space.
We put down the wood flooring soon after moving in and added the white shutters only last year. The walls were grey before grey even became a ‘thing’ but last year we updated them and plumped for a much darker shade. I really like it because it gives the room a cosy feel.
My favourite piece of furniture is a rather brave bright pink chair from Made.com. The husband wasn’t at all sure initially but it’s proven to be a great feature, one that everyone comments on and is also very comfortable.
I think it would be fair to say that Made.com features pretty heavily in this whole room actually!
Is there anything that you would change about your home if you could?
We’ve often thought of creating a fifth bedroom because we don’t really have anywhere for guests to stay and we regularly have family over. I love the downstairs of our house but it’s always felt a bit bottom heavy, if you know what I mean? We’ve looked at going up into the loft but there isn’t enough height. We’ve since come up with another solution for guests (see the next question!).
Other than that, there’s nothing I would change and the road noise hasn’t actually bothered us – we only have one bedroom that fronts onto the road and as my son sleeps like a log, it’s never been a problem.
I do think that we sometimes get fixated on ticking all the boxes when 4 out of 5 is a pretty good compromise.
What is your next home project that we can look forward to seeing on your blog?
We have a few projects planned this year. Firstly, we’ve promised to overhaul our youngest daughter’s bedroom for her 16th birthday (her sister’s was done last year).
Our bedroom is also long overdue a spruce up which I’m excitedly gathering ideas for. I am hoping to step away from the grey – you heard it here first!
On a slightly larger scale, we just received planning permission for a timber-framed building at the bottom of our garden. This will double up as a games room, sleepover hideaway and somewhere for guests to stay. Goodbye swing set, hello hot tub!
I’ve just created some Pinterest boards to help me compile ideas for all 3 projects. Pinterest is great for creating a ‘look’ before actually throwing any money at a project. It has certainly helped me get fresh ideas as well as avoid other potential disasters. If you’re not on Pinterest yet, what are you waiting for?
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Next month I will be featuring another lifestyle blogger and her home. If you would like to take part in my series, then please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.