[dropcap]T[/dropcap]his month’s ‘At Home With…’ features someone whose home I’ve read about and admired for around five years now. I started following (NB ‘following’ should not be confused with stalking) her when she lived in Switzerland and then journeyed with her back to Blighty.
Rachel’s home has such a distinctive, modern style. I can spot her Instagram home shots a mile off and guarantee that I will always fall in love with every cushion/rug/picture/design idea that she shares. Interiors is definitely her ‘thing’, even the Daily Mail spotted it this year when they named her one of the 7 Hottest Home Bloggers!
She shares her home with her husband and two scrumptious boys, one of whom ran away during the taking of the above photograph! Let’s have a nosey around her home shall we?
Where do you live and how long have you lived in your home?
I live in a small village in North Wales. We bought the house six years ago, rented it out for two years and then moved in ourselves four years ago.
(Peg Board available from Block)
What were the first impressions of your home?
We bought the house off plan while we were living in Switzerland. We never really intended to live in it; it was more of an investment purchase to rent out. We flew back to pick up the keys when it was first built and spent an hour or two walking around it before we handing it over to a rental management company.
I liked the house but never really loved it. I still feel that way, today … and it’s the reason why I spend a lot of time on RightMove!
Have you had any major work done?
No, because the house is only six years old, we’ve not needed to do anything. It’s something I’m a bit disappointed about to be honest as I really love a project. All the houses I’m drawn to need work doing. New builds are fantastically easy to live in but perhaps a little bit boring.
(Throw and cushions available from Joules)
What is your favourite room in the house?
This is a strange one. I love our living room but we don’t actually spend a great deal of time in there. It’s such a gorgeously light and bright room with all the pops of colour that I love.
But we have a little sitting area with a TV at the end of our kitchen/dining room and we all seem to gravitate towards the sofas there.
(Storage Unit available from GLTC)
Is there anything that you would change about your home if you could?
I would make the garden bigger. New builds tend to have small gardens because building companies prefer to pack as many houses as possible on to a piece of land rather than give them lavish gardens. I also want a grander hallway. Next house!
What is the next home project that we can look forward to seeing on your blog?
I’m currently working on a home office makeover. I’m sick of working at the kitchen table so I’m in the process of clearing out the spare bedroom/mini office and making it a proper place to work in.
Didn’t I tell you that Rachel has an enviable eye for style? I do sometimes wonder if her home is always as tidy as it would appear in her photographs. I’m secretly hoping that she’s just like the rest of us who are madly sweeping all of the clutter out of the camera’s view!