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10.04.14 An Easter Centrepiece & A house tour to revisit

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It must be two years now since we shot Gill & Ian from Gregory Joinery Projects gorgeous Victorian mid century modern delight. I always remember this shot because of it’s simplicity and how sometimes that makes the best centrepiece. Pussy willow stems and Easter charms. If you missed their amazing house tour you can check it out here in full. It’s unmissable! Here’s a reminder!

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Gill & Ian house tour

Gill & Ian house tour

Photography by Louise Freeland

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23.12.13 Christmas Family House Tour: Laura Green works her Christmas Magic

meri meri cakes

I first met Interior designer and mum of two, Laura when we shot her gorgeous 1930’s renovation for a house tour with her family last year. When she invited me back to see her house with a sprinkle of Christmas magic, I couldn’t resist.  That and she make the most amazing cakes.

Laura green's christmas house

Laura green's christmas house

Laura has a keen eye for styling and a distinct style which shows throughout each room of her home. Walking through the door give you goosebumps. It’s a beautiful house which feels loved and experiencing it in full Christmas glory was a magical treat.

Laura green's christmas house

laura green's christmas house

Laura green's christmas house

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12.12.13 It’s nearly Christmas…Guess it’s time for a Christmas House Tour?

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Next week on Chalkboard Living:

Laura Green’s Christmas House Tour.

It’s a Map thing. For lovers of maps and kids with an adventurous side.

My last minute Christmas Gift Guide. For all you last minute shoppers. You know who you are.

It’s going to be a great week. Enjoy the weekend!

T xx

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10.09.13 OUR HOUSE: Vicky Holmes & her beautifully designed family fun house

Vicky Holmes house

Vicky Holmes is a talented portrait photographer based in Essex who lives in this modern new build with her husband Daniel and daughter Izabel. Since shooting her home, they have since added another beautiful little girl to their family. Lucky Eliza!

When you meet Vicky you feel an instant sense of calm. She’s laid back and smiley and when you get over staring at how naturally beautiful she is, you realise how professional she is, all at the same time. She’s the girl who could live without make up for a year and still look immaculately fresh, bright and beautiful. Just like her house.

Vicky Holmes house

Vicky Holmes house

Vicky Holmes house sitting room

Vicky Holmes Living Room

To see the full house tour, click on the link below.

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29.01.13 OUR HOUSE: Charlotte, Nicky & Lorelai and their light & bright colourful renovation.

Charlotte, an acupuncturist, her husband Nicky and baby Lorelai  have lived in this 1960’s renovated bungalow for 6 years.  After extensively renovating the whole house, extended the ground floor and re-designed the upstairs they are looking forward to kicking back and enjoying the fruits of their labour and they certainly deserve it. A passion for the bold and the bright and a love of bathroom design has transformed this home into an oasis. A light breeze floats through the house the day we shot these images and the bi fold doors to the outside space capture perfectly the essence of the house. It’s fresh, it’s bright and it’s full of love.

Our house is modern, with a homely, practical feel. Originally it was built in the 1960’s as a bungalow, and a dorma added in the 80’s.  Now we have totally renovated it, we love how it feels fresh and bright, even when it’s cold and grey outside!

Our favourite room has to be the kitchen as we are in here all the time. We wanted it to be sunny and bright and we like having people over so it was important that it was a social space too.

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03.12.12 My Room : Ella age 5

Ella is 5 and lives with her Interior designer mum, dad, big brother Joseph and Lottie the dog. If you’ve been paying attention, she’s the final part of our Green family house tour and as they say ‘last but not least’.  It’s a dreamy space with the emphasis on a lot of off white to combat the pink bits, some pretty fairy lights and interesting ornaments and of course when you have a beautiful fireplace with tall ceilings and windows it finishes off any room perfectly. If only we could all live in a room like Ella’s the world might be a lovelier place to hang out.

I love purple, pink and red like my favourite toys, bunny and Minnie. I have lots of bunny rabbits in my room. The one by the tea set is a light and the mask i made with my friend when I went to the Lollibop festival.

To read more and see the rest of Ella’s bedroom click on the link below.

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19.11.12 Our house: Laura Green & family. A perfectly glamorous modern wonderland.

Laura Green an interior designer from Essex, lives with her husband and two children Joseph and Ella and Lottie the dog in a beautiful 1930’s home in Leigh on Sea.

I’m always excited to be given the opportunity to interview and document people in their homes, but never more so than when I went to meet Laura and her family in the beautiful town of Leigh on Sea. There is something about the mix of old property and contemporary decor that sends my heart into a flutter and for me, this house is one of the closest I’ve come to to my elusive hunt for perfection in a home.  Both Vicky (the photographer) and I left in a heady state of envy and admiration for what Laura has achieved. She has an amazing gift of making her rooms look minimalist, whilst simultaneously filling them with ornaments, knick knacks, candles and flowers. A complete contradiction for the minimal and simplistic. This is a girl with an obsession for beautiful lights, each room with a lighting statement of it’s own. I loved every second inside this house and remember it as if it were a dream. It’s a mix of old and new, glamorous but simple and cosily inviting, yet many of the rooms were generously large. Plus she has a walk in dressing room and AMAZING  shoe collection. Now someone pinch me! Enjoy.

click on the link below to see the rest of Laura’s family house tour.

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22.10.12 Our house: Gill, Ian, Nancy & Hattie – A modern Victorian Delight

This late Victorian beauty is home to a very talented and creative Gill, her husband Ian and their two lovely daughters Nancy, 9 and Hattie, 6.

When you walk into this family home it’s like getting a feeling of warmth wash over you. It feels loved. There is something endearing about a space that’s lived in as much as it’s loved. Not every magazine and book is on a shelf and not every decorative item is in a minimalist storage cupboard. It’s refreshing. It’s the kind of house you feel happy to walk in, kick your shoes off and curl up on the sofa. The Parquet flooring and original features mixed with classic contemporary furniture welcomes you in and gives you the desire to see more.  Having not realised we knew each other, Gill, who once managed a store of Habitat in the 1990’s, recognised me as one of her Saturday girls almost immediately. Small world! It was a delight to see what I remembered as her passion and love of interiors, displayed in every inch of her home, over a decade after we worked together.

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13.08.12 OUR house: Siobhan, Leroy & the girls. A contemporary family haven

Hairdresser and stylist Siobhan lives here with her Graphic Designer husband Leroy, their two beautiful girls Amelie, 5 and Esmee, 3 with the delightful Ozzie the dog! Check out Amelie and Esmee’s bedroom from our last MY Room tour here.

I first met Siobhan a few years back at a child’s party. Her vibe was cool and trendy, yet relaxed. I was later introduced to her properly by a friend and having shared some life experiences together we kind of hit it off. The first time I saw her house I was overwhelmed by how it reflected their personalty and how far the design and style and a few well chosen pieces of furniture goes. I seriously love this house. The family that lives here are beautiful inside and out and it was the house that inspired this website. We all just want to nose around other people’s homes, you know the ones that make you gasp or give you a fussy feeling inside, big or small and we want to know how other people live stylishly with kids. This house is not really big or showy but it’s contemporary, fashionable and effortlessly homely all at the same time. Thank you for sharing it with us!

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08.06.12 Our House: Designer Sam Lennie & her teenage family house tour

Sam Lennie, an interior designer & co founder of Phoenix and Fox,  lives with her husband and two teenage boys Oliver and Barney.  Their house built in 1927, is a family house design haven with an eclectic personality, ranging from a Scandinavian style white contemporary kitchen, to a dark and cosy living room space inspired by the Abigail Ahearn revolution.  The house has a gorgeous flow from one room to another and it is hard to describe how’s Sam’s  style has created such a warm inviting family place to be whilst confidently showing such contrast.

Make a cup of tea and sit down. You could be here some time.

 

Need to see more. To check out the interview and full tour click below.

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