Last year, Mollie Makes magazine got in touch to commission some photos of our home for a feature about my work and I.
I’d always wondered about the home tours that you see featured in magazines. I mean- they always look SO good. Surely nobody’s house is that neat all of the time, right? We’ve collected a lot of stuff over the years; from our travels, art exhibitions or mementos from friends. The temptation to hide it all into a cupboard and turn our house into a minimalist cube before the team arrived was pretty overwhelming.
I started subtracting things from the mantlepiece and the little side tables…and the room quickly stopped looking like ours. So I put it all back, dusted off our nicknacks and lint-rollered Frankie’s fluff off of the cushions.
We bought our home in 2014- and we spent an intensive 6 months making it our own. It’s changed again in the last year, but the big things included a new kitchen, painting every interior wall and building a studio in the garden for Michael’s art practice.
We both moved our creative work home as we now have plenty of studio/office space. It’s been a bit of an adjustment for me- as I’d enjoy my daily walk to and from the studio- but making time to stretch my legs every day isn’t too much of a bind! I’m a little bit of a workaholic- so having my studio at home suits me down to the ground. I actually LOVE catching up with my emails in the evening with a cuppa!
So without further ado- welcome to our home!
Kitchen: We replaced a dated kitchen a few months after moving in. Subway tiles were high on the list, followed by lots of white with some pops of colour.
Our Workspaces: Nikki
My studio office is filled with things that inspire me. I love a pin board and plants are an absolute must! When we moved in we painted the whole room white- it was a blank canvas. Now that it’s filled with colour, it’s the perfect place for me to work.
Our Workspaces: Michael
Michael works in Oils and lots of other super messy media, so it was important for him to have a space that he could throw paint around in! We built a log cabin in our garden, installed heat, daylight bulbs and painted the whole thing white. He works from here every day- it’s nice to know that he’s not far away if I need a second opinion on my work (and vice versa!). I studied Fine Art, and Michael is a trained Graphic Designer, so we both have knowledge in each others’ fields. You can find his work online here or commission a sketch or painting via his instagram.
Bedroom: I love the high ceilings that our house has- but sleeping in a room with so much space above you is particularly special. We chose a few shades of light grey to keep the room light and calm. The original picture rails are super handy for hanging frames and wall decor- especially if you like moving things around a lot- like I do!
The pallet couch came from my old studio space- we made it from some old crates salvaged from the back of the building, then had foam cut to fit.
Living Room: The living room is the only room in the house that has any colour painted directly onto the walls. It faces north, so we decided to warm up the space with a wall of Farrow & Ball Print Room Yellow. The colour changes throughout the day and we get the most wonderful magic hour light in the early evening. The plan chest is vintage (it used to live in Michael’s studio) and like most of the other things in the house- the things in the living room are a mixture of newly bought, salvaged, hand-made or collected on our travels.
Our home has changed again since these photos were taken (my addictions to Pinterest and DIY mean that we’ve always got some sort of project on the go!) so I’ll do another post with the updates in the next few months. It’s so nice to have a snapshot of our lives at this time (I’m sure Frankie has gotten EVEN BIGGER since the photo above!!) so thank you again to Mollie Makes and especially Kristy and Hannah for all of their hard work in capturing our home.