A glimpse into our home…

I’ve talked a lot about our garden recently, and there will be another update about that on Thursday! I’ve also recently shown you Monkey’s bedroom, but as the theme for The Theme Game this week is “home” I thought I would give you a few sneak peeks into our house, by just showing you a few of my favourite things, that make me feel really happy to be hom.

Starting in the hallway, where we have a hanging I bought on my travels, in Xi’an, China, to be exact. I just love it.


Also in the hall is a lovely montage of is and our family. We try to update it fairly regularly, and we like fairly candid shots if we can, just all of us having fun :). The frame was a wedding present from my big brother, and its a bit dodgy now as it fell off the wall in our old house and broke 🙁 but we still love it.


Into the downstairs shower-room. We converted what was a really dingy little toilet, and a hall cupboard into a little shower-room. it’s all very simple and white, with just a fun hint of colour in the form of sparkly tiles in the shower and behind the sink.


Into the living room, and you start to see how much we love colour! We have a bright blue wall, and a gorgeous mirror which I just adore. Lots of colourful blankets and cushions, a little area behind the sofa for Monkey’s toys and some of his millions of books! We also have a gorgeous armchair in about the funkiest fabric we could find, and I love the framed picture of the coordinates to our home (though hubby has decreed I am not allowed to publish that picture, in case someone looks up where we live!).

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Off sideways into the kitchen, another room we completely renovated, and just a simple shot out of the kitchen window. I love looking out at all the fresh green at this time of year.


Through into the dining room, where we have our most grown-up piece of furniture, a gorgeous dresser, and our photo wall, which again we try to update regularly.

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Upstairs we have our spare room/office, otherwise known as the map room, for obvious reasons! It’s quite often a mess and covered in laundry and paperwork but it’s such a tranquil space to spend some time when it is actually tidy. This picture was taken when it was first decorated, as it is a right mess in there at the moment lol!


I won’t show you too much of our bedroom, but I love this photo. I took this picture of the door of a temple in Luang Prabang in Laos. And I adore it. I have had it in my bedroom for years and all of the walls and bedding and accessories are themed around it.


We have one room upstairs which is basically a tip – full of all sorts of bits and bobs that haven’t yet been thrown out or made it to the garage or loft. But that will have to change soon as that is to become the new baby’s room, so at some point this year we will have to get around to painting it (it is currently decorated in a dark grey) and putting some flooring down!

So there you have it, just a sneak peak into our home! Reminds of that old Lloyd Grossman programme, Through the keyhole. “Who lives in a house like this?” A generally happy little family, that’s who :).

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35 thoughts on “A glimpse into our home…

  1. I love all your stuff. I’m always jealous when I see other people’s lovely home ‘pieces’ because our home just isn’t really like that. We really have put the most minimal effort into home decorating and I tend not to think about or dwell on it until I see someone else’s lovely home! You have done a lovely job and I especially love that blue wall and the dresser. X

    • Thanks Sam, I know exactly what you mean, I always get really jealous of other people’s homes too! I think most people would think our house is a bit barmy with all the colours, but we do love it. Our house was desperately in need of work when we moved in which is why we felt we had to put some effort into the decor, to really make it feel like ours! I do love decorating too, in my dreams I would love to be an interior designer, but I don’t kid myself that I could ever actually be one lol! xx

  2. I love looking about at people’s homes! Yours looks lovely. That hanging is gorgeous and your kitchen looks fab. I like looking out onto green, too – soon we’ll have the gardens of our dreams! Thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame x

  3. I really enjoyed this, what a great idea to give us a sneaky peek into your home. It looks lovely and way, way tidier than ours! My house snap shots would have to be very carefully chosen indeed 🙂 Thanks for sharing with #TheThemeGame

    • Thank you but Lol, I can assure you there was some strategic tidying going on and moving of things before I took photos hehe 🙂 xx

    • Lol, thank you, yep we love the bright colours! The rest of the walls are white though to balance it out! 🙂 xx

    • Thank you, aww it’s nice to remember things from a different time, feels like a whole other life now but it’s lovely to have little reminders about! xx

    • Thank you, we were really lucky to be able to put our stamp on basically every room as it needed so much work doing! xx

  4. What a gorgeous home!
    Love the shower room wall, the photo frame, the atlas wall.
    Oh yes, a home like this is definitely a reason to be happy! #thegallery

    • Thank you, you’re very kind! I couldn’t decide what to link for ‘happy’ but our home definitely does make me happy 🙂 xx

  5. What a gorgeous home and that dresser you have in your dining room is stunning! Our dining room is just a room to dump toys, tents and laundry onto the table! Envious! lol. I also love your belfast sink! Always wanted one of those, lol! Thanks so much for linking up! #MMWBH x

    • Thank you, oh believe me the photos were tactically taken to avoid dumping ground shots – the spare bedroom is our main dumping ground though the dining room table does also end up covered in tat! Thank you, we love that sink too! It’s an ikea one so bit cheaper than a proper belfast I think, but we still love it! xx

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