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Three stunning homes for sale this month

kitchen in converted old chapel school

It’s always really enjoyable doing these beautiful homes for sale posts as it gives me the green light to be downright nosey, looking at properties online. As always there are some really stunning places for sale this month – not only for potential buyers but also give a bit of inspiration anyone thinking of doing up their current places.

Frome, Somerset.

To start with this month is The Old School Room in the West of the UK. It predates 1850, forms part of a Grade II listed Baptist Chapel and covers a pretty large 1577 square feet all on one level.

quirky home clever interior design high ceilings

Open living with a home like this has several benefits before we even start on just how unique this property is anyway. It encourages a more communal way of living with more interaction and without lots of diving walls, helps hugely with natural light. The beauty also is that you could create your own divides, where you choose them using bookcases  – which also help to buffer noise. It’s also nice to think you can cook in the house without being shut away from everyone.

This place isn’t totally open plan obviously, just the Kitchen and reception area.

blue bedroom fireplace

a hallway with a original headed chapel windows, two bedrooms, a bathroom and en – suite make up the rest of the home. With such interesting features such as the old fireplaces and nice little alcove areas it’s not difficult at all to find extra places for storage. The owners have made full use of these.

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Especially like this bedroom where stye have painted the coving a bold gold. It’s amazing how touches like this can completely change the look of the room. In a place with such character anyway, it emphasises the high ceilings and adds a sense of cosiness. The parquet flooring is the icing on the cake.

The Old School Room is set in a quiet conservation area of Frome town. It’s on for sale at £595,000 with The Modern House.

South East London.

Aucoot Property for Sale

Okay, so this 4 bedroom apartment sold it for me with the views let alone the architecture and interior design. It’s in Tidemill Square.

You have views with head to toe windows of the Thames. For someone who loves the bustle of London but also likes to feel they are right near water and nature ( I know quite a lot of people who need to be ) this would be the dream.

Aucoot Property for Sale

Having black kitchen units defines it from the rest of the again open living area. I personally, really like the combination they have used for the brushed brass splash back wall. It’s a strong look and fantastic combination with marble also and wooden floors. The owners here have chosen a very, what is called ‘ Winter ‘ type of colour palette throughout which is lovely and luxurious. For anyone wanting to buy it, they could stick with it or have plenty of scope to put their own mark on it.

Aucoot Property for Sale

Along with an en – suite, the Master Bedroom has a walk in dressing room. I’m sold all over again. There is also underfloor heating in here as with all the bathrooms and bedrooms.

There are also a couple of balconies to this to really enjoy the atmosphere and relax.

It really is quite a huge home with at the end of a corridor leading to a self contained studio with more open plan living, dining, a bedroom and another bathroom. The bonus of something like this is it could be rented out or ideal for an older teenager.

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As well as owning the most incredible pad, there are other positives, lift access, on site security, underground parking and in my opinion best of all some shared amenities as it part of Greenwich Peninsula Community which is free membership to a cinema, gym, nursery and places to eat.

All you need is £1,300,000 and you can move in. I’m currently saving up :) It’s with Aucoot who have lots of stunning homes to see.

Whitstable, Kent.

kitchen black unites gold marble contemporary devol

What first attracted me to this house for sale was the kitchen. It’s handmade and by Devol who I am a big fan of. But there’s so much more to look at. It has been refurbished to a really high standard.

The front entrance of this two storey home in Salts Close can be found in a secluded courtyard, making it nice and private. It’s very smart and the owners have used large pots to decorate, I think I would do the same.

stylish painted staircase painted black red brick flooring retro style home mid century

Inside are absolutely stunning Moroccan hand crafted terracotta tiles. At first glance I thought they were parquet but no ! I would love to use these in a design soon. The mixture of the brick with the wood and marbles gives a very tactile finish. Adding some retro pieces of furniture to complete the downstairs. I love their taste.

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Heading upstairs, they’ve definitely utilised space with built in wardrobe around the head of the bed. I do really like their use of colour throughout, light hues and just the right amount of them makes it friendly and very suited to a home five minutes walk from the sea.

pink trendy bathroom cool gold

There’s an outside space at the back too with large picture windows either end to show them off.

I’ve always wanted to go to Whitstable and even more so now I’ve seen this. If I was looking to buy, I’d be there in a flash.

Also on the market with The Modern House at £475,000 Freehold.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this months trio of rather special homes ? Let’s see what I can come up with for July. You can sign up for my newsletter if you’d like to in the right hand side of this post. Or follow me on instagram or Pinterest from some interior inspiration.

If you’d like to see the past properties I shared  – you can find them here.

Images 1 – 5 & 11 – 15 © The Modern House. Images 6 – 10 © Aucoot. All rights reserved.

Win £70 worth of Artwork from Permild & Rosengreen

Artwork Astrology Aquarius Blue Chair retro mid century scandi home cool living area
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It’s been a little while since I last offered a giveaway here on the blog. High time for another one. I was over the moon with this Aquarius print sent over by Permild & Rosengreen. Having looked through their website, I liked loads of them but I’ve never had astrology artwork before and love the deep teal and light pink colours they’ve used in this constellation artwork. It came framed and super quick delivery.

I was really impressed by their service generally and thought you might like the opportunity to have some of their art in your home too ?

Danish founded company Permild & Rosengreen are offering my readers up to £70 worth of artwork from their website which has started now and will last for the next week until 12am on the 9th June.

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They feature a really diverse collection of creatives. Some I hadn’t even discovered before – and many gorgeous vivid posters. In business since 1947, they are well known for producing lithography, art catalogues, calendars etc and have worked on many artist collaborations.

There are lots and lots of pieces to choose from such as Retro, Typography, Kids, all signs of the Zodiac and also art from the National Gallery of Denmark. They come in different frame options and sizes and it’s very easy to navigate to find what you want.

Artwork Aquarius Astrology

It was hard though with all the choice to choose my own print and frame but I go there in the end and went for the black although was tempted by the wooden version.

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1. Colorful World of Eames 2. København by Jacob Sneum 3. Muui 4. NASA Voyager 2 5. Louisiana 6. Flamingo by Palle Wennerwald 7. Vintage Camera and Polaroid 8. SØNDERGAARD 9. Muui 10. Bike by Dominique Jal

Just to give you some idea of what they have I’ve put together 10 here but there are so many more that you will find on their website.

Best I tell you about the giveaway now incase you’d like to take part ?

It’s run by Rafflecopter this time and below you can see all the different ways you can enter. You don’t have to be on social media as you can see but this time you do need be a UK resident.

You’ll can choose up to £70 worth of art work and framing and the postage will be on Permild & Rosengreen as any orders over £50 have free delivery included.

I will be in touch with the winner soon after. All the terms and conditions are below and I’d like to wish you the best of luck !

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You must be 18 or over to enter this giveaway.
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The winner will be contacted by me within 24 hours of winning. A response will be needed within 48 hours or a new winner will be picked.

Versatile Homeware for Indoors and Outdoors

Indoor outdoor seating comfy fun kids bean bag

This is a post that brings the outdoor in and vice versa. I decided to put together this post for several reasons. One because we have pretty up and down weather here in the UK which means it’s useful to think about versatility when thinking about purchasing home and garden furniture items and two.

I’ve been looking closely at some cool things for our own home as I’m finally sorting out our own garden and want the patio area to feel like an extension of our home, if you know what I mean ? So a little inspiration for us all ?

To kick off with is this Icon Bean Bag Armchair from Bean Bag Bazaar which is water resistant and handle so you can move it around easily. I went for the teal colour. It’s been a big hit and perfect for us as we have started making the garden much more comfortable and fun to be in this year. This particular design comes in three other colours. You can pop it in front of the tv inside, maybe in a toy room or bedroom – or anywhere really. So definitely a good idea. I recommend having a little look at their website as they have lots to see.

Really there are so many options these days and I love the thought of saving a bit of money where you can. So here are some other options.

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1. Retro Sound Speaker – SunnyLife 2 & 3.  Salad Servers & Bamboo Bowl  – Navigate 4. Bunting Lighting – John Lewis 5. Set of 2 Planters – Habitat 6. Candle – SunnyLife 7 & 8 Wicker Side Tables & Tile Floor Mat  – Amara

All of these items can be used inside and out. There really is anything you can possibly imagine these days ( how old do I sound ? ). The speaker is from Sunnylife, which is a really cool outdoorsy type of store.

Bamboo is brilliant being eco friendly. I try and buy it in many forms these days – we’ve even used as some fencing in our garden recently and also bought party plates that we have re-used several times. This bowl from Navigate would be good for kids and adults. Nice colour too.

Finding lighting for outdoors isn’t hard but looking for something to dress an area is not as easy. The bunting here has lights through running through the string. Definitely could be used in the home too. Kids bedroom ?

I really like this planter from Habitat, it actually comes as a pair. One larger, one smaller. Really unique and colourful. I’d have this in the kitchen I think if not outside.

Candles are a nice idea for the evening, especially if scented. This one is Coconut and Amber. Creates an atmosphere wherever you put them ?

Amara have a really good selection of items. Particularly love their outdoor rugs that you could bring in. The Wicker Set of Tables are very cool and versatile.

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The one thing that hadn’t automatically sprung to mind, but actually makes total sense is flexible storage. You see ladder shelving used a lot these days indoors and a rustic outdoor version doubles up superbly especially in a cottage or for use in a utility area ? This shelf is by Garden Trading.

I might have to do another of these as I’ve come across many items and having definitely caught the gardening bug recently, I never thought ten years ago I’d be curled up on the sofa on a Friday night waiting for Monty Don to appear on the telly. I’ve learned loads – if you’ve enjoyed this then you may well find my next post interesting. It will also be my first Youtube entry if you’d like to subscribe.

I’d love any tips you have or ideas for indoor and outdoor living. Leave me a comment below.

The Beanbag was gifted from Bean Bag Bazaar.

Natural Flooring Tips using Kersaint Cobb


Striped Hallway Runner Moroccan Natural
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With my job as an interior designer and blogger I am always on the look out for companies offering home products made from natural sources –  but also standing out for quality and design.. This is twinned with a desire to find anything Moroccan in style because I adore the rich tones.

Hence why Kersaint Cobb are one of my go to places for inspiration and I’m going to to talk about their carpets today and how they can work beautifully in various home set ups.

Let’s start with the Sisal Morocco Runner named Tetouan. I’d say that a runner to be used in a home with busy traffic is going to be more suitable if it has a pattern of some sort. With the stripes here, it makes a statement and defines the space. If you already have wooden floors that you’re happy with, it’s a great alternative to carpeting the whole area and you can play around with contrasting colours to work with your chosen colourway.

Striped Stair Runner Impact Statement

It is pliable so can be used as a  stair runner also  – and makes great impact.

Seagrass Carpet Home Natural Style

I can remember when I first saw a home with a seagrass floor many years ago and fell in love with how it made the room feel and the texture of it under my feet.

It’s a very durable option and ideal for a busy home as it doesn’t stain. I’ve seen it used in small and large rooms and it works in both due it’s colour.

It comes in various woven forms such as Basketweave, Herringbone and Standard and the same but in a finer range which tends to change change its tone of colour over the years and remains stunning.

Sisal Carpet Light Home Natural Cosy

Here is another Sisal called Big Boucle but this time just in a natural shade and is an extension of the outdoors.

Dark Carpet Grey Cosy Impact Statement

It does also come in Noir, providing a dramatic twist to a design scheme. The colour coordinates well with the greys and the more intense hues of the colour spectrum.

Natural Fibres Bedroom Cosy Warm Pretty Stylish

Moving over to wool which as we all know feels like heaven on your toes in the morning. This particular range is Pampas Highlands and is super versatile including suiting underfloor heating. That’s the dream on a cold morning isn’t it ?

Wool is worth considering if you have little people in the home as it’s bouncy and ‘ fall friendly ‘ and it’s pretty easy to care for.

It’s also always worth checking if a carpet is moth resistant and I can tell you this one certainly is. Definitely a bonus.

Another wool one here called Aurora which comes in several options. Another thing to look out for with wool is it’s suitability rating for your home or work space. For instance is it ‘ heavy domestic ‘ meaning will see you through many years of life and all that comes with it … you’ll be glad to know this is.

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I’m a big fan of wood floors. One reason being they are so easy to maintain and is a brilliant base for contemporary and older homes especially with the many different grades and types of wood. Although Kersaint Cobb have a plethora of versions, this is ‘ Simply Oak ‘ which is engineered and lacquered and comes in a variety of lengths. It has a UV oiled finish.

On their website they give you a very detailed spec sheet that tells you everything you need to know about each product.

Hope you’ve found this useful ? Do leave a comment with any questions or thoughts.

All images © Kersaint Cobb 2019.

Three Stunning Apartment Homes for Sale

Aucoot Property Tiled Converted Home Quirky Stylish

So, another month has passed and that means I get to share some more beautifully inspiring homes in the UK, currently on the market with you. All different in their own way but unified in that they are apartments this month and all have fantastic style.

Rochester.

I’m starting off with this apartment called The Taproom old Brewery in Rochester. Part of the UK I don’t think I’ve ever visited but hear great things. Apparently Charles Dickens loves it so if it’s good enough for him ….

The Grade 1 building has been divided in to a couple of apartments and you’d be mistaken for thinking this is a converted church building judging by the high, vaulted ceilings.

Tiled walls home converted building high ceilings quirky

They have combined several different textiles here in terms of interior design with ceramic tiles, wood, cement and elements of brass. Speaking of the tiles – I love their slight imperfection in places. It really proves here with their use of them in different rooms that you can play around with your ideas and do something really unique if you wish.

Stylish home sale bedroom tiled walls industrial

Having peeked at the floor plan, the place is much bigger than I thought it might be, certainly spacious enough for a family  Edwardian in era but has been given a strong industrial feel too. They have also put in smart lighting systems so it can be changed to suit the mood and time of day.

Console Table Old Concered Home white stylish contemporary

I think they have also allowed enough scope for subtle changes by the next owner although to be honest, I think I’d be very happy with it as it is.

Dining table styles converted house

This places is on the market with Aucoot at £975,000.

Edinburgh.

Living Room Cosy Edinburgh

Built in 1821 this lovely and bright, spacious 4 bedroom flat is on Fettes Row which as you can maybe see out of the window here is on a lovely Flagstone city centre Street in Edinburgh. It has been refurbished by the current owners and I really like the palettes they’ve used throughout.

Kitchen in edwardian apartment blue stylish

They’ve cleverly added an extra cupboard in the corner there to make sure there’s lots of storage and I reckon you could probably if you chose to, add in a little island ? The blues yellow and light grey is a great combination as always.

Butler Sink Kitchen Tiles Edwaridan Vintage Style

You can’t go wrong with a butler sink epically when it’s sympathetic to the area this building was built.

flat for sale edinburgh pink hallway

This place really reminds me a flat that I lived in for many years in London. The exposed floorboards, ornate ceilings and large doorways. It gives a great sense of space. The pink they have used is very welcoming and friendly.

It’s for sale with Knight Frank for offers in excess of £675,000.

London.

London Apartment Mews Home Trendy Cool

I was immediately intrigued by this warehouse home from the outside and communal gardens, I couldn’t wait to have a little look inside. Situated in Gattis Wharf, just across the water from Kings Cross and Granny Square. Originally in the late 19th Century, used to store tonnes of ice. Let’s move indoors ….

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With lots of original features intact. Utilsing space by adding a mezzanine level for sleeping and working.

Mezzanine bedroom warehouse loft apartment

One of the big bonuses of having a loft bedroom is you will often get some of the best views. I’m sure that this will be no different given it’s location.

Loft apartment warehouse london

Underneath is a cool nook in the large reception area, for chilling and listing to music. The shapes in the wood adds a splash of originality and creativity and will leave extra piece of history for the next owner. Downstairs also has a kitchen and bathroom.

Apartment Flat Wooden Quirky Cool Stlylish Open Plan

I think they’ve done a great job of making it really workable and homely without trying too hard.

It’s currently for sale at £550,000 with The Modern House.

What do you think of my selection this month ?

You can find other stunning homes for sale here.