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A Unique Farmhouse House Tour

backyard chickens

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about our home renovation progress.  In a nutshell, things have ground to a halt.  Well over a year ago we got an architect in to draw up some plans, hoping work would be finished at the end of last year.  Fast forward a year and a bit later, and no work has started, and we have reached a bit of a stalemate with Building Control at our local council.  It has got to the point where our architect and structural engineer now refer to our loft as “that bloody attic” in any conversation with us.

At some point I will share a photo of our bedroom in it’s present state – it has a hole in the wall and everything that we don’t want to fix until we get word from Building Control exactly what work needs to be done on our house.  So looking at other people’s lovely houses gives me some hope that one day our house will be lovely too, and not varying shades of orange and brown and with holes in the walls!

One house that I’ve been looking at lately is that of Rachelle Blondel, who lives in a 1729 farmhouse in North Yorkshire.  It’s such a lived in family home, in the best possible way, that looks so relaxed and homely and full of character.  Look out for her cheeky little Jack Russell who is definitely not camera shy!

Rachel also keeps chickens and pigs, and if you’re looking for further proof that she’s really living the dream – Rachelle has a old static caravan that she has restored into a girly paradise.

beautiful white hallway

beautiful stone fireplace

vintage styled music room

plant details

vintage bathroom

bathroom details


vintage styled bedroom

dog on bed

simple bedroom

backyard pigs

backyard chickens
restored vintage caravan
caravan renovation
succulent planter

A lot of Rachelle’s furniture came from Gumtree and Freecycle.  To see more of Rachelle’s beautiful house, and read further details, visit Apartment Therapy.

And keep your fingers crossed for us that we can reach an agreement with Building Control soon!

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Relaxed Recycled Home Tour

recycled desk

I love winter, but every February without fail I reach the point where I find myself dreaming of sunshine, and warmth, and hanging my clothes outside to dry rather than cramming clothes horses into each available corner of our house.

Last summer feels like it was an age ago, and it still seems so long until this summer rolls around, especially with Storm Doris looming over us.  And so inevitably I find myself looking at houses in warm countries, imagining, for fun, what it’s like to live in a place where it’s not dark for half of the year or freezing cold for 9 months of the year.

And so, here it was, during one of my internet searches, that I stumbled about this beauty of a house – a coastal cottage on Australia’s Victoria coast full of lovely recycled, reclaimed, restored and vintage finds.   The lounge chairs were even rescued from the side of the road and then restored by the occupants – Kirsty (who runs the beautiful shop Otis and Otto) and her husband..  I love how they’ve even embraced the coloured carpets that came with their rented property.  I’m not normally a fan of red carpet but it seems to really work in this house!

It seems like such a relaxed and fun space.  Keep your eyes peeled for the indoor swing and the porthole in the kitchen!

whiteboard house

kitchen porthole

rustic kitchen

white smeg fridge

rustic dining table

living room red carpet

shelving idea

recycled desk

indoor swing

simple bedroom
minimalist kids bedroom

You can see the full house tour here.  I apologise in advance if you too develop a hankering for warmer climes!  Or maybe even just a swing in your hallway!