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Moving house and designing our new home has meant many a trip to Habitat, Homebase, Laura Ashley, Cath Kidston and of course lots of antique furniture stores and raids of my mother’s family heirlooms (thanks Mum).

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Now the painters have finally left, it’s really taken shape-a stylish mix of the old with the new from Lloyd Loom antique chairs and a re-upholstered chaise longue my parents gifted us to vibrant Habitat hanging lights and hand carved locally sourced coffee tables with original paintings and artwork my Mum and I have bought at exhibitions, from art dealers or pieces by local artists over the years.

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Local artist Rosemary Abrahams’ vivid contemporary oils with pastels feature a lot in my home, along with originals and prints of nudes by various artists.

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Paintings, family photos and lots of flowers makes a home!…And antique crystal decanters, huge vases, floral jugs and teapots too of course!

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And we love it!

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 Oliver lounging behind a Cath Kidston cushion!

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Above, reupholstered original Georgian chaise longue next to a lamp and trio of coffee tables by Habitat. 

Each weekend has seen us invite friends (as below with mates Rachael, Richard and their family) over to enjoy our new surroundings- we are so lucky to live in a picturesque village in Yorkshire, 20 minutes away from either Harrogate or Leeds city centre with staggeringly beautiful views from our window.

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We overlook open countryside, a farm, pretty horses graze nearby which we can feed and a pretty river runs round the close to us (meeting at a staggeringly pretty ‘beach’ five minutes walk from the house. We also have a pretty park, cricket fields, tennis courts and a boules around the corner- it really is perfect for our little family.

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 Getting a ride from the kids!

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I’ve not had chance to take photos in every room but I’m sharing a few the husband and I have taken of the lounge and kitchen, the latter, a bespoke fitted kitchen which sold the house to us on first view and which is my dream kitchen in fact! It is there we spend most of our time, cooking, eating, laughing and entertaining of course.

I adore the black and white tiled floor too and the kitchen storage goes on forever and round the corner too where a utility area is hidden away-ideal!

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Along with the adjoining conservatory playroom, the kitchen is the most vibrant place in the house with yellow worktops and bright red fitted blinds. The other rooms in the house are all cream (almond white) with either gentle pastel pink or blue and turquoise features, a mellow haven for us all…

Hopefully when we get round to it, I will share more of our home with you!

I hope you like our house!?

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43 Responses

  1. Rifat

    This is really a great article and a great read for me. It’s my first visit to your blog and I have found it so useful and informative. Thank you

  2. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    Stunning! No surprise really seeing as it is your home! 😉 Loving the splashes of colour in the kitchen and the calmness and tranquility of the living room. Beautiful!

    I am in LOVE with the chaise lounge and can see you now, laid on it, glass of bubbles in hand! 😉 Haha! Gorgeous place darling, so pleased you’re all settled in xxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh darling thank you so much, had I really do love a little lie down on that with bubbles in hand-when the kids aren’t trying to climb on it. Come over soon xx

  3. Mel @mydaysni

    It looks like you have really settled into your new home. It’s beautiful! Love the kitchen!
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  4. Franglaise Mummy

    GORGEOUS!!!! Just as well you don’t live any nearer or I might actually move in with you! Have massive home envy now…. xx
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  5. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Gorgeous! Love your popping yellow accents in the kitchen… & let me be the first to say… WOW! You guys are quick decorators 🙂
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Steph but we had painters and decorators in so can’t really take the credit for that! So glad you like it x

  6. Mylifemylove

    Simply beautiful. I love the calm mellow whites and then the vibrant yellow and black of the kitchen. I also love the playroom in the conservatory, it’s so light and bright for your little lovelies. I too love Habitat and Cath Kidston and every other weekend it feels like we are in Homebase! Thank you for sharing your lovely home. Xx
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    • honestmum

      You sound so like me, thanks so much for your lovely words, the whole house is calm with the bedrooms all cream (almond white) they call it on the paint tin, with elements of pastels with the eldest’s room having bright turquoise lamp shades, my youngest son with pale blue. Will share the rest once I get round to more pics-still need to get more paintings up, upstairs. Thanks for your lovely words x

  7. China

    This is gorgeous! I gather you must be daring to have white furniture with kiddies! LOL. Love the accents, and the feeling of country-style warmth that come across in a still elegant and modern setting. xo

    • honestmum

      Thanks China, we wanted it to feel homely but yes I was pretty brave to go for white in the lounge. No eating allowed in there and shoes off! They also have a TV in the playroom so hoping it will stay clean! Ha x

  8. icklebabe

    Oh my !!! Im totally in love with your whole house, the pops of yellow are wonderful and the artwork is such a lovely touch x

    • honestmum

      Thanks so much darling, will have to share more of it when I get around to taking the photos! We are really happy here x

  9. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Gorgeous gorgeous, and such great photographs! It looks like a stylish but calm and comfortable space to be in, love that chaise longue xx
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  10. Babes about Town

    Your place is gorgeous! And totally spotless (although i suspect it’s less so ‘back stage’ with two kids lol). I’m desperate to redo ours and now you’ve made me even more so plus you’ve made me want to move to Yorkshire!!! x
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    • honestmum

      Please come move to Yorkshire Uju, think of the fun we’d have?! London is only 2 1/2 hours away! Yes def not spotless all the time! Thanks for your lovely words x

  11. Mirka @Kahanka

    You have done a great job, looove you reupholstered original Georgian chaise longue!
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  12. Capture by Lucy

    OH I WANT TO MOVE!! Love seeing how you’ve made the house your own and put your stamp all over it!!! Hurry up exchange!!!!! xx
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  13. Charlotte - Write Like No One's Watching

    I love your kitchen floor more than anything! Oh it’s lovely. Love the chaise longue too. I love older pieces of furniture. And that pop of yellow – perfect! xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Charlotte, I swiped some family heirlooms and parents kindly re-upholstered this as a moving in present. Place really feels like us! x

  14. Franki | Little Luca & Me

    Vicki I LOVE your kitchen, it’s gorgeous, as I’ve told you before. Can’t wait to come and visit it sounds and looks beautiful. So glad your happy and settled in your new home. See you soon xx mwah xx
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  15. Ebabee

    Beautiful, bright and vibrant home just like it’s owner 🙂 Love the pops of yellow in the kitchen. x
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  16. PhotoPuddle

    What a gorgeous house you have. I especially love the little bits of yellow which make the place look so bright and cheery!
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  17. Lauren

    Gosh it looks beautiful, and so bright. The yellow in the kitchen is amazing x
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  18. Steph (@imcountingufoz)

    Your home is absolutely beautiful! I love your kitchen, what a great space x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much, I had painters, carpet and blind fitters in so although the move was full on, I had a lot of help x

  19. Mel

    Hun, your house is just like you… stunning! I love the pop of yellow (and more discreet pop of red) in the kitchen / dining-room, and that living room looks homey and comfortable (white alert though… it would not take long for my kids – and hubby! to ruin it all!). I am really jealous of that playroom… want one for my kiddies! x Mel

    • honestmum

      Oh thank you beautiful Mel, so good to have all the kid’s toys together in a single room. You are right about the cream-I don’t allow food there but I still need to wash the sofa covers (again) x

  20. Eliza_Do_Lots

    Love the pops of yellow – it’s the kind of house I’m going to have when I’m a grown up!
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