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).
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.
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.
Paintings, family photos and lots of flowers makes a home!…And antique crystal decanters, huge vases, floral jugs and teapots too of course!
And we love it!
Oliver lounging behind a Cath Kidston cushion!
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.
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.
Getting a ride from the kids!
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!
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!