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An Effortlessly Stylish Secondhand House


Enjoy a nosey around this beautiful secondhand house filled with charity shop treasures.

I love a good house tour. There’s nothing quite like a nosey around someone else’s home, to gain inspiration for your own place. Or just to dream about a one-day potential home.

If you’re the same as me, then you’re in for such a treat today. I recently stumbled across this charming 1920’s home, which is a total dream.  Rented and decorated by Brisbane resident Nicolette Johnson, it looks like such a cosy, inviting, and relaxing space.

Want to know the very best bit?  The majority of Nicolette’s items of furniture, artwork and accessories were sourced from eBay and Gumtree, as well as antique stores and charity shops.  And in a lovely personalised touch, the chairs were reupholstered by her mum. What’s more, some of the artwork on the walls was made by Nicolette herself.

As a renter, Nicolette hasn’t been able to do much to her flat, bar hang shelves, and hang artwork on her walls. However, her beautiful secondhand furniture and artwork really shine in this light and bright space.

Rather unusually it’s her vintage cooker that makes me smile the most.  It reminds me so much of the one my Gran Graham had. It unexpectedly brought back many so happy memories for me of baking scones and rock buns in her tiny kitchen. Just looking at the photo takes me right back to a rainy Saturday afternoon in the mid 1980s, sleeves rolled up, flour everywhere, and feeling so very loved.

What’s your favourite part of this stunning secondhand house?

drawers-with-shelves-above-them in this beautiful secondhand house tour
rustic-kitchen-shelves in this beautiful secondhand house tour
simple-white-kitchen in this beautiful secondhand house tour
mid-century-dining-room-nook in this house full of secondhand finds

All images via Nicolette Johnson Photography.

More house tours right this way, including this beautiful North Yorkshire farmhouse tour, complete with a caravan shed in the garden, if you’d prefer something closer to home.

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A Beautiful Secondhand Chic Hertfordshire Home

kitchen made from fruit crates

Take a tour around this beautiful Hertfordshire home that oozes secondhand chic.

I love a good virtual snoop around other people’s houses.  I stumbled upon this beautiful Victorian terraced house in Hertfordshire, on the House to Home website and fell in love with how the owners have cleverly repurposed old materials and furniture to really stunning and unique effect.

The Secondhand Chic Kitchen

kitchen made from fruit crates for a secondhand chic look

Check out the kitchen cabinets made from reclaimed wood. And who doesn’t want a sign that says Booby Traps?!

recycled kitchen idea for a secondhand chic look
reclaimed kitchen shelves for that secondhand chic look

For the kitchen, the owners repurposed the original floorboards and fruit crates to make the doors. They also used reclaimed shelving to maximise their storage.

The Living Room

sofa made from crates

The crate theme continues in the living room.  The owners couldn’t find a large sofa that they liked anywhere. Instead, they made the sofa’s wooden base from salvaged fruit crates, and then added their own cushions, for a homemade sofa that just invites you to sit on it.

mirror made from door

How cosy does this living room look? I can really imagine myself sitting on that chair on a snowy day, a good book in hand, and a steaming hot cup of tea just within reach. What I especially love is that the mirror frame was made from a door frame found in a salvage yard, for that secondhand chic touch.

The Bathroom

custom rustic bathroom vanity unit

Moving on to the bathroom, and I’m not surprised to see that the carpentry theme continues. Here, the bathroom echoes the rest of the house, with this custom rustic vanity unit. I love the vintage mirror, paired with modern sanitary ware.

For more photos and further details please visit House to Home.

What do you think?  Is it to your taste?  Would you consider making your own sofa? I have to say I am intrigued!

And do check out some other house tours on the blog. This North Yorkshire house tour is a favourite, as is this beautiful house full of recycled finds.

All photos used c/o House to Home / Heather Hobhouse.