We’ve moved house! It’s been an exciting time and actually the perfect weather for it: moving at the beginning of Autumn has meant we can bed down immediately, getting ready for the lovely cosiness that the colder weather brings.
I have loved planning this new house – it’s full of the kind of character I love – and I’ve been crawling Pinterest to start my cold-weather interior ideas with a run and jump.
I was recently invited to take a tour of the CALA development in Grendon Underwood so I could glean some inspiration from the clever interior brains behind the decoration, Emily from Claud Hooper, and am happy to report back their Plot 3 (the ‘Pebworth’) was seriously gorgeous!
The bones of the home were lovely – a wonderful family kitchen, fabulous bathrooms and well-proportioned rooms – but it was how they were dressed that we were there to see. Emily took us around the property and talked through her interior ideas and how that translated from her moodboards (i.e. the prehistoric version of Pinterest ;) to life in the Pebworth.
Interior Ideas for the New Year
Use Floor to Ceiling Curtains to Create the Illusion of Space
I was amazed at how big the living spaces appeared in the Pebworth, and Emily talked me through her thinking behind the magnificent drapery. In both the kitchen/living room and formal living room the curtains stretched from ceiling to floor and the outermost corners of the room, meaning they not only created a feeling of space and height but when pulled back they didn’t block any precious light. The affect was astonishing!
How gorgeous is this Christmas set-up in the kitchen? I think industrial style lights would look fab over the counter.
Create Consistent Themes Throughout the House
Although each room was different I loved how the interior ideas in the Pebworth were all so cohesive. One of my favourite touches were the Mulberry nods: a feature wall of paper in the kitchen and a chair in the living room upholstered in a fabric from the same family. Gorgeous, and both available to buy from John Lewis.
Have Fun With Your Necessary Areas
One of my favourite rooms in this house was the utility: plastered with a dog wallpaper (also Mulberry Home) it just felt fun. I could immediately imagine myself smiling as I looked at hundreds of doggie heads on the wall every time I threw the kid’s washing in the machine – lovely. This effect would be easily re-created in a downstairs loo, another traditionally boring but necessary room.
The Devil’s In The Detail
This was more to do with the styling of the house, but was a piece of advice that I like to follow in my own home: the details. I absolutely adore paying attention to the little things that make a house a home and these were so evident in the Pebworth. Fancy hand soaps, lovely stationary, properly good cushions (try Homesense for bargains): they make all the difference
Don’t Be Afraid of Texture
I broadcast a quick Instagram story tour of the house when we were wandering around with Emily, and far and away the most popular question I had was: where is that bedroom wallpaper from? And no wonder, it’s gorgeous.
It’s actually wood-based and is a slightly less scarier version of the wood-clad bedroom walls I’ve seen on Pinterest. This one is Thibaut and it’s so warm and welcoming: I loved it.