And we’re back with part two of Claire’s incredible, makes-you-want-to-redecorate home.
Did you see part one of Claire’s home tour? Agog for more? Well, let your mouse hover over that Pin button, and have a notebook and pencil to hand, all the better to make your decor shopping list- for part two is here.
What’s your favourite room in the house (if you can choose just one)?
I would say the kitchen, although now we have painted the living room dark, that becomes my favourite room in the winter when the curtains are drawn and the fire is lit.
Where do you shop for your home?
I try to mix it up, but it’s mainly high street and online interiors shops. Although I know it is a bit of a cliché, I like to buy things from my travels: I love an item with a story behind it.
Whose home would you most like to visit?
Now that is not an easy question! I would say Ali Cayne’s home in New York and House Curious in London.
Your home is so chic Scandi-minimalist, but could you ever be tempted to add a crazy pattern or onslaught of colour?
My home is my escape and sanctuary, so I love it to be calm and collected. That being said, I do love colour and pattern and really appreciate it in other people’s homes. I have started adding more colour in with the blue sofa and will be adding some more with soft furnishings, but I think it will always be a mainly be a restrained colour palette. I have a bee in my bonnet about painting the kitchen island though, so watch this space!
Tell us about your luxe bathroom – what was it like before you got your hands on it?
The bathroom was two rooms next to each other. One had a shower and toilet and the other was a standard bathroom. Both had (very stained) carpet. Yuck. I knew straightaway that I wanted to knock them in to one. In my mind I wanted to create a luxurious, hotel style bathroom with a roll top bath and chandelier. Also high on the list was a double walk in shower. I was adamant I wanted wooden floors but Will was being way too practical about it and found me some wood effect porcelain floor tiles which I love and work with the under-floor heating. The walls are Perfectly Taupe by Dulux; the mirror is from Maisons du Monde and the plant stand is West Elm.
(For more on how Claire achieved that hotel luxe bathroom look see her post here.)
Your bedrooms look like the nicest kind of hotel rooms, too.
The bedrooms so far have come together organically, and are still evolving.
Our current master suite is on the second floor, which was once two rooms. We were able to turn one small room into an ensuite and dressing room and, in the larger room, knock some walls through to create a great sized bedroom. Again, I wanted it to be very relaxing, so went with a pared-back white and grey colour palette. We put down parquet flooring in the bedroom (because I can’t get enough of it) and created a gallery wall of our holiday snaps to give it some personality.
I still have a bit of work to do in the other side of the room, one day I hope to get it finished!
Where do you find the trimmings?
The bed is from Love Your Home; side tables are West Elm and I found the lamps from Homesense. Most of my bedding comes from The White Company – I have the Santorini and the Savoy sets. I have also recently bought a gorgeous linen set from Marks and Spencer which has been lovely in the summer.
What about the guest room (and when can we come and stay…)?
Most of our friends and family live away, so it was important for us to have a spare room that they would be happy to come and stay in time and time again.
The bed is the Coco from Loaf and is a really beautiful piece. The light-fitting is a statement piece that I ummed and ahhed about for a long time before I bit the bullet – I really like it, but it does divide opinion!
The chunky knit throw is absolutely gorgeous but quite the splurge (made after a glass of wine). The maker Lauren Aston runs a brilliant small business that I couldn’t help but want to support.
I am just starting to design another bedroom which we have been sleeping in during the summer as the top floor can get hot. I am really excited about it and can’t wait to share it on the blog!
Thank you so much, Claire. You can keep up with her house renovation via her blog.