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Three Stunning Homes For Sale

House Boat London Central

Not so long ago I made an admittance on here that I am a total Rightmove addict. Well, I thought, why not share some of my favourite finds with you every month instead of keeping them to myself ? If you fall in love with them too you can always blame me, right ?

So to start off with I am going to take you on a mini tour this March with an array of what I feel are aesthetically stunning, dream homes.

At the top here is a property that caught my eye as I’ve always had a bit of a thing for houseboats, but this takes things to another level. Designed by 31/44 Architects, it’s such a tranquil space, moored St. Katharine Docks right in the centre of London currently – that’s what I love about them though. You could really live anywhere you wish within reason.

Aucoot Home For Sale Houseboat

Central London.

The boat has one bedroom and is brand new with bespoke handmade flooring throughout made from Douglas Fir Charcoal Grey Valchromat and Tulipwood which is a brilliant wood because it’s strong and doesn’t split like some others.

Houseboat for Sale Aucoot London Pink Wooden Theme Cosy

It has a concealed television, beautiful walls sconces, bathroom fittings are made from Corian and the kitchen units are created from recycled materials by ‘ Smile Plastics ‘. There is hidden storage under the stairs and seating.

Aucoot Houseboat for sale London Dusky Pink Wooden theme

Let’s just talk about the colour palette for a minute ? It’s very calming so blends with it’s surroundings. The natural materials are just lovely with the balancing dusky pink. I want to move in myself. It’s currently up for sale at £290,000 with Aucoot.

Bressingham, Norfolk.

This one is not so far from me. A rural find in Bressingham, Norfolk. Previously a steel framed agricultural barn. Look at the views …

Stunning Home for Sale Suffolk The Modern House Contemporary Cosy White

Sitting on a plot of land that previously formed part of the land of Old Boyland Hall which dates back to the 13th Century no less. Lots of wildlife on your doorstep, a private bridge over a moat to your garden and much greenery but let’s look at the interior.

White Stove fireplace The Modern House Suffolk Home for Sale

A four bedroom property spaced over 2 floors, It seems to have a very spacious feel with it’s large picture windows and double height ceilings allowing in generous proportions of light. 

Very envious indeed of the Carrara marble worktops which suit the homes contemporary theme. It’s a very simple look and I love it. 

House for Sale Norfolk White Room Yellow Spacious

Lots of room to manoeuvre in here. I really do like the white theme throughout. I think this twinned with the picture windows, frames the countryside all around you. Allowing pops of colour here and there inside to add extra character. I would be tempted to not make too many changes colour wise but if you did choose to, you have a great canvas to start with.

It’s not always possible to completely recommend a location but on this occasion – this part of the world is pretty wonderful.

Currently on the market at £799,000 with The Modern House.

Blue front Door

Bath, Somerset.

Last but most definitely not least is a home that really set my heart a fluttering. Not only do you have an exquisite exterior building which is on Queen’s Parade, but the current owners have created quite a feast for the eyes on the inside with the property occupying the second and third floor.

Beautiful Home Kitchen The Modern house

The home has remained sympathetic to it’s Georgian heritage but with a nod to modern day. The house was originally designed in around 1770 by John Wood the Younger.

Really appreciating the classic and gentle colour combinations used in every room with the paint and furniture textiles combined.  

The light is able to stream right in and highlight the structures of the room and accentuates the high vaulted ceiling.

The Modern House Bath colour inspired beautiful home Bath
The Moder nHouse Kids Grey Bedroom Decor Cosy

There seems to be painted wooden flooring throughout and a very cute and cosy room here. When you have a bedroom with eaves (sloping ceilings ) they can be excellent as kids rooms where you can utilise the shapes using storage boxes etc. With the window capturing the city just outside, it’s a win win, really.

Currently on at £770,000 Freehold with The Modern House. There are some more images on their website. Really worth a look. 

All very Pinterest worthy places don’t you think ? Will be adding some to my own boards imminently. What are your thoughts on these homes ? Leave me a comment as ever below…

Welcome to Lucy Gleeson Interiors

Interior Design textiles swatches paint ideas

You many have noticed that I have been absent for a little while ? Well, this is because I took January off and also a few things have changed here. For starters, this website is now called Lucy Gleeson Interiors. Thanks so much for supporting me as Lucy Loves Ya for the last 8 years, I really appreciate it so much – and I will still be blogging regularly so hope you will stay with me as there’s lots to come.

Nothing has changed in that I still love writing about home design, DIY ideas and looking at trends. Definitely still enjoy interviewing designers, artists and brands too.

But, it was time to also add my interior design and styling services which can be found at in the pages at the top. If you are looking this year to make changes to your home in some way or know someone who wants to. Do get in touch. I can offer lots of different options but am also really open to bespoke requests. You can find out more about my services at the top of the blog.

Interior Design Textiles colour wheel hues swatches

It’s an exciting time and there are many plans for this year. Including a book that is currently at the construction stage and I can’t wait to share more of this with you as soon as I am able to.

I will also be running some online courses. Will of course let you know when this is closer to fruition.

So this post is short and sweet. But I will be updating again shortly. It’s nice to be back.

Sofa Workshop Review of our Eden and Broadwick Additions

Eden Teal Sofa Workshop Review

It’s quite a bit deal choosing a new sofa. Well, it is to me for sure. It’s a really long term commitment in terms of colour, size and not to mention long term comfiness.

When Mae was teeny tiny we invested in our first set from Sofa Workshop after much deliberation. Oh boy, I have loved them.

Over the years they’ve endured smalls kids clambering all over them, friends’ last minute late night sleeps after dinner parties, regular film sit ins where we have all bundled cosily on with our duvets … you name it. Also, they have changed colour, starting out as purple and then being recovered by Sofa Workshop in to a lovely Designers Guild pink.

Although I’m extremely sentimental when it comes to such things, we’ve reached a new phase in life where we needed a new look all together but the same standard because, without wanting to sound cheesy, I have learnt to trust the quality and workmanship of the company. So, it has been the perfect opportunity to work with Sofa Workshop and review two new sofas for our home. I’ve waited a month or so to talk about them so that we could properly try them out and be as true as possible with our thoughts.

Books sofa cosy living room

I didn’t know until speaking with Sofa Workshop also that they work in partnership with The British Heart Foundation meaning that if you want to pass on your current sofa to a charity when receiving new ones, then it’s really easy to arrange and it gets collected. We did this and it’s nice to know that some benefit will come of it.

We now have the Sofa Workshop Eden four seater which is covered in ‘ Vogue, Teal ‘ or as some friends have described it as a peacock blue ? It is an extremely soft and tactile fabric that you might mistake as a velvet as it looks and feels so soft. The legs make the sofa higher off the ground than our last ones. I chose the Eden because of my mid century taste and wanted something with good back support and generous in size to lounge around on. Because we were downsizing the other sofa, it needed to be pretty long to make up for space – it’s 244 cm which is perfect.

`eden Sofa in Vogue Teal

The legs are solid wood in walnut stain and tapered. A practical point here but easy to hoover underneath which can’t be a bad thing. The back cushions are are a blend of feather and fibre and the seat is foam. I’ve tried to think of anything I can say that is a constructive criticism of this sofa but I actually can’t. I love it and because the design is timeless I can’t see us ever tiring of it. I believe the Eden is one of their most popular styles and can totally see why.

broadwick Sofa matthew williamson teal broad wick

Now on to our Broadwick. I had some real fun here choosing the fabric. Sofa Workshop literally stock so many different brands along with their own which amounts to thousands of choices. Where do you start ? Well, I have wanted animal print for some time which narrowed it down and so in the end this ‘ Cheetah ‘ print by Matthew Williamson for Osborne and Little in teal was the winner.

Broadwick Sofa matthew williamson broadwick

I clearly want blue to be the predominant colour of this room to go with yellow and grey, as you will have seen by my recent posts. But felt the second sofa needed more texture to it to avoid it being all too much the same and liked the idea of using something that would play with the classic design of the Broadwick style, which incidentally reminds me so much of my childhood and some of my relatives furniture and that’s why I went for it.

The Broadwick is super comfortable and although comes in several sizes, the Snuggler is ideal. The bolster cushions, piping and button detail give a nod to Regency times with a contemporary twist with its shape. The guarantee for the frame is 25 years long which is quite an attractive deal. Although we went for the same leg colour as the Eden, there are others to consider.

Broadwick sofa teal cheetah fabric

To be honest, I wasn’t sure if it would be as comfortable as the Eden given its rounded look but in fact it is indeed. It’s true to it’s name and very snuggly. We use it more than our old sofa because it’s easier to position. Although it looks super grand it fits in very well in our busy home lifestyle. You know when you have a piece that you know will stay with you ? Well, it’s one of those.

The service we received was good. The guys at Sofa Workshop were helpful and when I had a few questions after delivery, the lady I spoke with was really nice and swift. Customer service is very important I feel, don’t you ?

Broadwick print sofa teal

So there we are, I hope you’ve found this interesting and maybe useful ? Do leave me a comment with any questions or just to say hi.

Lucy x

The sofas were a gift from Sofa Workshop. I feel very lucky. All opinions as ever are my own though.

Tips for Finding the Ideal Rug

Louis De Poortere Rug MadMen YellowThis is something I’m asked often when it comes to interior design. How do you choose the right rug for your home ?

Well, there are several things to think about while you’re going through the process. I had to consider this recently when I was working out the size and style of rug needed for our own living room. It is definitely worth spending some time deciding because it can change the overall look dramatically.

I seriously had my eye on our ultimate choice for a while but I will talk about that a little later. In the mean time here are some tips that might be useful if you’re thinking of making a purchase in the near future.

Chevron Rug Grey Yellow Living Room

The size.

If you have the option I would would say choose as large as you can. One way of working out whether this will look right is by using a little bit of tape ( I used washi as it peels off the floor easily ) and mark out each corner of where the rug will be and then move your furniture around to make sure it will position well. In a living room either position all four legs of your sofas / chairs  – or you can sit just the front legs of some of your sofas on it especially if you needing to utilise space. Where the chairs are moving in and out, say a kitchen or desk area though, you’d want to make sure all four legs are on it to avoid the rug getting caught.

Ensure you leave a gap of at least 10cm between the rug and walls.

If you are going smaller then maybe go for a feature rug in the centre which you can place a coffee table, but best to not try putting any of your other furniture on it, better they are positioned around it.

Go with the shape of the room. For instance, a square room will ideally suit a square rug and so on.

Our Louis De Poortere rug has an anti slip latex backing already which was a total dream but worth checking whether you’ll need to also invest in some to avoid it slipping around the room.

Rug chair contrast patterns yellow tea living room

Louis De Poortere Rug Yellow Grey

The Colours.

This will very much depend on the mood you are looking for. Talking of moods, it’s a good idea to make up a board on say, Pinterest or photoshop or something like that to help define the overall look with differing rug choices.

If you already have your furniture and it’s colourful and patterned already then possibly a more neutral shade or contrast it and find something that has elements of a colour you are already using with a more subtle pattern. If your sofas are a block colour then you could still go for a strong pattern.

But starting from scratch ( what a nice situation to be in … ) and you could go for a really bold feature rug and let it define the rest of the room.

Just make sure it’s going to still look fabulous in a few years time so if you have a heavy traffic room then consider the colour carefully.

The Textures.

There are so many options these days. It’s best to take in to consideration again how busy the room will be. You’ll want something durable and not easy to trip up on. So a flat rug would be suitable. Think about how much the rug will need cleaning. A quieter area though will mean you can go for a more delicate texture if you’d rather.

Textures really can set the tone so layering is a really fun way to complete the room. If you already have a velvet sofa then play around with rug ideas that will contrast and add character and give an overall richer feel.

Louis De Poortere Rug Cotton Living Room

I have been lucky to be working with Carpet manufacturers Louis De Poortere on this who have been in business since 1929. I went for the 85 % cotton rug in ‘ Central Yellow ‘ colour way. They also make border runners and bespoke rugs. All made in Belgium where they are based; constantly adding to their ranges, making for a real versatile set of collections.Grey Yellow Rug Living Room Cosy Guide Choosing the right size

As I mentioned earlier, I have loved this rug for a while and had it on my wish list, in fact really like the whole ‘ Jacob’s Creek, Mad Men ‘ range that was brought out earlier this year. The warm goldy yellows and gentle greys are perfect for the teals already here and compliment the armchair. What I especially enjoy is the way it works on our wooden floors – the faded design blends so well.  It’s just the right depth and the hand finished quality is very apparent. It does come in other colours and sizes. I can recommend for sure.

Lucy x

This is a collaboration with Louis De Poortere, all opinions are my own as always.

Bohemian Ethical Christmas Gift Ideas

Jute Baskets Colourful Fair-trade

There’s no way around this. I have to mention Christmas. Because if I leave it too late then my guide will be null and void and I imagine there will be some starting to think about the big day ? I’m feeling a bit smug this year as I’m feeling almost on top of it so far.

Having been looking in to ethical gift ideas recently not only for myself but to share with you here on the blog, I actually got quite excited as I found some things I had been looking for anyway and some great new online stores. If I hadn’t snooped around on the ‘net I wouldn’t have discovered The Decorator’s Notebook store. Not only really stylish fair – trade homeware but their ethos is empowering women, nurturing small businesses and protecting the environment.

Fairtrade blankets throws colourful cosy homeware

Having a bit of a penchant for throws especially of the tasseled variety ( who doesn’t like feeling cosy this time of year ? ) these basket weave cotton throws from Rigby & Mac come in several colours. I’m picturing a good book or film, hot drink and all wrapped up for the evening. Yes please.

Christmas fair-trade gifts

1. Berber Basket  – Myakka 2. Salad Servers – Namaste 3. Hanging Panter – House of Kind 4. Hanging Mirror – Nkuku 5. Frida Kahlo Tea Towel – Ian Snow 6. Bowls – Auraque 7. Wool Cushion – Plumo 8. Indigo Drop Mug – Nkuku 9. Yellow Bag – Winter’s Moon.

Here are nine more colourful items from some really cool online shops.

Really enjoying the whole Berber trend and will continue to do so for a very long time. The baskets with extra detail are useful in so many rooms. I know my girls would love them to store al their bits and I personally would put one in the living room or bathroom.

If you get a chance to check out House of Kind, you’ll find some really beautiful handmade porcelain pots amongst a sea of other sustainable, vegan items for the home. Plus stocking fillers  – lots of them.

Still gutted that I missed the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the V & A ( Did you manage to go or see anything about it ? ) but consolation might be found in a vibrant tea towel from Ian Snow.

Loving that fluffy wool cushion. I’ve a feeling we might fight over it in this household though. I’ve been a fan of Plumo since they started out. They stock some really unique pieces.

Brass Pot Hand Etched

Another beauty buy Nkuku for Decorator’s Notebook. A classic hand etched brass pot using ancient techniques. Apparently it’s water tight so perfect for flowers but I think I would use it as a feature even without  – it’s sure interesting to study like a piece of art.

There are no doubt plenty more good places to source gifts and inspiration. If you know of any  – or just like what you see here than do leave me a comment. I’d love to hear from you as always.

Oh, and by the way … this post isn’t sponsored in any way. I just thought it would be good to promote some of these businesses.

Lucy x

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