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A Unique Farmhouse House Tour

backyard chickens

What to have a house tour of a beautifully unique farmhouse?  Of course, you do!  

I can’t remember the last time I wrote about our home renovation progress.  In a nutshell, things have ground to a halt.  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.  In fact, 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 its present state.  It has a hole in the wall and everything that we don’t want to fix.  That is 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!

A North Yorkshire House Tour

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.  Her house looks so relaxed and homely and full of character.  Look out for her cheeky little Jack Russell who is definitely not camera shy!

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

Check out her house tour:

beautiful white hallway house tour
beautiful stone fireplace house tour
vintage styled music room
plant details in north yorkshire house tour
vintage bathroom
bathroom details
vintage styled bedroom
dog on bed
simple bedroom
backyard pigs
backyard chickens house tour
restored vintage caravan
caravan renovation house tour
succulent planter

Sustainability-wise, a lot of Rachelle’s furniture came secondhand from Gumtree and Freecycle, which is an affordable and low-impact way of furnishing a house. 

To see more of Rachelle’s beautiful house, and read further details, visit Apartment Therapy.  I also have more eco-friendly house tours this way, such as this stunning London house tour.

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

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Relaxed Recycled House Tour

recycled desk

Enjoy this eco-friendly house tour, full of recycled items.

I love winter, but every February, without fail I reach the point where I find myself dreaming of sunshine and warmth, and bare feet on grass. I start to dream about even silly things, such as hanging my clothes outside to dry in the warm sunshine, 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. Here I like to imagine, just 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.

A Dreamy Recycled House Tour

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 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 – do enjoy this recycled house tour.  And do keep your eyes peeled for the indoor swing and the porthole in the kitchen! House of dreams, I tell you!

whiteboard house as part of this recycled house tour
kitchen porthole
rustic kitchen as part of a recycled house tour
white smeg fridge as part of a recycled house tour
rustic dining table as part of an amazing recycled house tour
living room red carpet
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!

And if you fancy touring homes closer to home, do check out this beautiful North Yorkshire house tour, and this Hertfordshire terraced house that oozes secondhand chic.