home | living room tour9.14.2014
gosh I actually can't believe james and I have been here for nearly a year and I still haven't gotten around to showing you our home!
I wanted to do a home tour as I adore seeing inside peoples houses (nosey parker that I am) and I wanted to share something a little more personal.. well more personal than what I've been wearing and what colour nail polish I'm loving!
luckily the biggest work was done before my tenant moved in (the house was previously owned by an old lady who hadn't renovated for decades! we had to overhaul everything from electrics to the central heating and we built an extension for the bathroom as it was teeny tiny) however we did have an unholy amount of painting and floor sanding to do before we could move our things in..!
vintage typewriter, photo frame and movie poster | thrifted.
cacti, tealight holders, cabinet | ikea.
assorted frames | ikea, wilkos, john lewis.
the house is painted white.. yup every single room top to bottom. I love colour but I also have a thing for white cube spaces (I blame art school) so colour comes only from paintings and accessories. I used to love floral interiors but as I've grown older my taste has switched to more scandinavian inspired interiors (luckily for james) so white walls and dark floors are my go to backdrop.
painting | mine
cacti | ikea
fireplace | reclaimed
the house itself is victorian, I don't think I could ever live in anything new as they just don't have the character I'm so attached to. I loved that this house had the original sash windows and floorboards (as well as walls that fall apart whenever I drill into them) but the quirks of old houses are what gives them personality. something I never really mention on my blog is that I'm an artist by trade, it's something that doesn't tend to cross over onto burkatron but this is one of my older paintings above, there's lots of them we still need to hang around the house but we never seem to have enough time to finish everything!
old mirror | thrifted
palm tree panel | urban outfitters
frames | ikea, john lewis
terrarium | diy here
wing chair | ikea
watermelon cushion | tiger stores
whenever I go shopping I seem to come home with an armload of picture frames so we have lots of little collections of them hanging. they're mostly filled with holidays snaps, postcards and some of my sketches, we also have a lot of books so storage for these was a must (behind that chair is the door to our under stairs storage.. I'm a bit of a hoarder so this big cupboard is a life saver!!) there's no real theme in our home, we don't really try to match colours or styles we just move things around until we find a happy balance.
stockholm coffee table | ikea
teacup/saucer | vintage
leaf side table and glass lamp | ikea
mirror | thrifted
a lot of the furniture you can see is from ikea (aka the mothership) the rest is reclaimed or found in charity shops as I wanted to mix up old and new pieces in our home. james also brought in some lovely pieces from this nan which are scattered around. our living room is in the middle of the house which means it gets the least light but on the upside it makes for the cosiest room in the evening when we're snuggled up on the sofa!
when we first moved in we bought a huge sofa, it soon became apparent that other people needed seating so we eventually bought some armchairs! we didn't have many 'big' pieces of furniture at first but after a month or two we quickly reached a stage where we needed to think twice before we bought anything new (it's scary how quickly you can fill up a house) I guess this is good for my bank balance as interior shopping is way more addictive than clothes shopping in my book!
james and I have really similar tastes so decorating the house together was super easy. bickering over me buying (yet) more cushions and james leaving (yet) more wet towels around the house is another matter... ! there's so much I'd still like to do with our home though; the garden is a work in progress as is out third bedroom which holds most of our 'don't know where to put this' pieces of furniture. I think as autumn is getting closer we'll put the garden on hold and finish off the spare room so we finally have a guest bedroom, fingers crossed..
I hope you like this little glimpse into my home, it's hard to capture everything on camera without a wide angle lens but I hope you got a feel for it at least? I'm thinking of showing you some other rooms; my office/dressing room and our bedroom as well so please let me know if you'd like to see more!