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Beautiful London House Tour

bunting over fireplace

I have to admit, I am partial to a good house tour.  We’re still working on our house (I know, it’s only been a year…).  We’re currently working with an architect to add a small extension so that we can have the luxury of an upstairs bathroom.  This means that all work on the upstairs of our house, and our hallway and stairs has to wait until this work has been done which is pretty frustrating as the bedrooms upstairs are in desperate need of renovating (think holes in walls, 20 year old orange carpet, etc).

In the mean time I am living vicariously through other people’s beautifully designed and furnished homes in the hope that one day (hopefully by the end of this year!) our home will look at least half as good as these!

One house I’ve been swooning over online is that of Caroline Rowland, editor of 91 Magazine.  Her London home is, I’m sure you’ll agree, simply stunning.

Like all of the houses I’ve featured here in the past, her house has largely been furnished with secondhand finds, be it from eBay, car boot sales, Gumtree, charity shops and antique shops – with the odd new item thrown in.   It really is proof that secondhand doesn’t mean that you have to compromise your style when it comes to furnishing your home.

Have a look for yourself!

pastel dining room

white open plan dining kitchen

vintage style kitchen

home furnished from ebay

bunting over fireplace

ebay sideboard

thornback and peel pigeon wallpaper

pigeon wallpaper

vintage style kids room

You can see more photos of Caroline’s beautiful home on Apartment Therapy, where you can also read the full interview too.

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A Stunning Vintage Home in Bristol

vintage home

I came across the vintage home of Bristol based blogger Lou Archell on Design Sponge and instantly fell in love with her Victorian terraced house packed full of secondhand and vintage finds.  I’m a big fan of using secondhand furniture and Lou has really used her furniture to great effect.  Our own home is very much a work in progress so I’m definitely using Lou’s home for inspiration!

Their modern kitchen is complemented really well with all of Lou’s vintage and artisan accessories.  This could pretty much be my dream kitchen.

white metro tile kitchen

At the heart of their living room is a cosy wood burning stove.

wood burning stove

The dining room’s pièce de résistance is surely the William Morris wallpaper, which complements the vintage furniture and accessories beautifully.

william morris wallpaper

vintage dining room furniture

The bedroom feels simple and relaxing, and I love the idea of using an old chair as a nightstand.

vintage bedroom furniture

Even the bathroom has the secondhand treatment with this beautiful old mirror, customised by Lou.

vintage house

You can see the full house tour over on Design Sponge – I highly recommend it!

Lou blogs at Little Green Shed, where you can see more glimpses of her stunning vintage home.  All photos were taken by the talented Laura Pashby.

You might be wondering on the progress of our new house?  Well, we’ve fitted a new bathroom but can’t finish the room due to a problem with penetrative damp on one wall, which we’ve just had a pretty hefty repair bill for.  Hopefully this will be sorted out ASAP!  We installed a wood burning stove in our living room a few months ago, but haven’t yet found the time to paint over the dark brown paint that currently adorns all of the living room walls (and our bedroom walls!), and we’ve just had the plans drawn up for our new fitted kitchen, which we hope to have fitted in the next couple of months.  As soon as the house is in a better state than it is now then I promise to share the photos!

PS: more house tours here!