Are you the sort of person who secretly loves getting a peek at other people’s homes?
What was the house like when you moved in?
Habitable – just!
Have you done any major work since moving in, and if so, what?
It’s been a major project for the last 14 years. We’ve had walls removed, the ceilings have been taken down to replace floor joists upstairs, we removed tons of earth from underneath the sitting room to level it. I’ve lived with dust for so long that I’ve almost stopped noticing it. The only room which hasn’t been done is our bedroom which is on the list for January 2015, hurrah!
Are you a DIY person or do you prefer to get someone in?
We’ve done everything ourselves except removing the kitchen walls. Unfortunately we would far rather live in a half finished house and go sailing instead so it takes us a while!
What’s your favourite space in your home, and why?
I love my living room with its comfy sofas, overloaded bookcases and roaring fire, curling up in there at the end of a busy day with a book or my crochet, a glass of wine and my family is hard to beat. It has thick stone walls which means it is cool in summer and stays warm in winter, I love it.
Where do you blog?
In my office in the attic at the top of the house or at the kitchen table.
Where do you find inspiration for decorating your home?
I just buy things I like and hope they fit! I’m inspired by the sea so there are a few boaty things around, we own a wooden flooring company so I have a lot of lovely floors to work with!
What do you love most about your home?
It’s a busy family home which is big enough to give us all space when we need it but has lovely central cosy places for us all to spend time together.
What’s your tip for family living?
Make sure the family spaces are welcoming, both for the family and for the friends which join them. Our playroom has evolved over the last few years and now accommodates a computer and a large pool table as well as the books, toys and craft materials of old. I bought a massive kitchen table at auction a year or so ago so that we can all fit around it even if there are a few extras for tea and I’m on the lookout for another small sofa at the auction house so there is a bit more sprawling space in the living room!