A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

#MyHomeRocks – I Have This Thing For Floors

Do you have a thing with floors? The lovely Maxine from We Love Home blog gives us a tour of her seaside home for My Home Rocks.

We have a super inspiring My Home Rocks today, especially if you are thinking about making more of patterned floors or looking for inspiration to do up a house on a small budget. Meet Maxine, who has the exciting job of an Interior Stylist for magazines and TV shows – as well as being a fantastic interiors blogger at WeLoveHomeBlog.

I’ve been in my home for a year and a half. It has been a huge project of love. It needed making over from top to bottom – new kitchen, new bathroom, landscaping in the garden, knocking down of walls, painting….you name it, my home needed it doing. This was one of the main reasons I started my blog – I wanted to chart all my hard work with lots of befores and afters, as well as share my ideas on how to do up a house on a tiny budget! Continue reading

My Home Rocks – An Open Plan Living Legacy

My Home Rocks Open Plan Living - Jane from Maflingo shares her gorgeous home with us!

If you have ever wondered how open plan living might change the way you live as a family, take a look at this beautiful and inspirational open plan space from Jane over at Maflingo, a new blog find packed with thrifty, creative and organised home ideas. Jane’s kindly sharing a couple of other room makeovers with us today, and a wonderful little legacy too, this home truly rocks! 

We moved into our 4 bedroom detached house in Nottingham in 2005. Although it’s a relatively new house it has some lovely features such as its double-fronted design, the wide entrance hall and large corner plot. It also has some nice touches like a vaulted ceiling in the master bedroom.

The house wasn’t perfect, though. The kitchen was small for the size of the house, with French doors and large windows further limiting the worktop space and room available for cabinets. Furthermore, the dining room was disconnected from the kitchen, being at the front of the house, whereas the kitchen was at the back. Continue reading

My Home Rocks: Renovation Bay Bee!

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It really struck me when I put together the products inspired by today’s My Home Rocks, how crisp and zesty the colour scheme is – it really suits a 1960s home, while seeming modern too, but enough from me, meet this month’s guest home!


 

My Home Rocks because it is full of love and happiness, but also I think My Home Rocks because we have been able to make it into a home that we love.

We moved here about 2.5 years ago and it was like stepping into a 1960’s timewarp, the kitchen was original and the bathroom was completely turquoise and brown, but it was all ours to turn into what we wanted. We have loved being able to transform each room into just what we want.

My favourite room in the house is my bedroom, every house we have lived in we always left our bedroom until last, but it never has been that special. This one I was going to make sure it was special and a room that we could escape to and is just ours.

 

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Then my next favourite place is my lounge, we had a large stone fireplace with a old gas fire but we transformed it with a solid oak beam and a electric heater which looks like a real log burner. So many people think it is real!

 

wood burning stove and mirror

 

Pictures are a very important thing in my home, I love capturing our family and have created a photo wall in the hallway. My visitors also love seeing pictures of us all and when the children were young. The dogs are even featuring in it too!

 

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Running a house of 5 needs a little bit of organisation, which is why I love my meal planner in the kitchen.

 

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Recently we renovated our son’s bedroom, I wanted to push my colour boundaries a bit in his room. So we went for blue, grey and yellow. I could have easily gone for the grey pendant but went for this bright yellow pendant and I so glad I did. He loves his new room and for a pre teen it is a well needed get away space for him.

 

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Who is behind today’s My Home Rocks?

Stephanie, is a Southampton based wife and Mum of 3 with a love for home interiors and family life.

Renovation Bay-Bee is all about the renovation of Stephanie’s 1960s family home, and lots more.

For more great home inspirations, check out Renovation Bay Bee, follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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My Home Rocks - Renovation Bay Bee shares her home over on A Residence blog

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To feature your home contact Penny: alexanderresidence@gmail.com

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#MyHomeRocks: Making Spaces Edgy

Gold and Black head plant pots

 

I am really excited to have a My Home Rocks home that was featured in the Sunday Times recently, you saw it here first though right?

 


 

We’ve been in our home for 2.5 years now. It is a modest 3 bed semi and we’ve worked hard on making it ours. It reflects my love of mid century and contemporary design mixed in with some traditional features.

Our living room has a bold off-black feature wall, giving this traditional space a real edge.

living room with bold off-black feature wall

The exposed brick inside the fireplace was hidden and blending in with the existing wall colour. By painting the surrounding wall black it brought the brick to life. The black makes the artwork really pop and the warmth of the oak furniture stops the room from feeling stark or too monochrome.

The black feature wall makes the artwork really pop and the warmth of the oak furniture stops the room from feeling stark or too monochrome.

I have a slight obsession with skulls and creepy things. My Skull cushions and my doll head planters were added to “punk” up the room a little. It’s a very grown up space, so these just add a bit of quirk and personality.

Skull Cushion

Gold and Black head plant pots

The open plan kitchen/dining room was a big project we did last year. We took the dividing wall down and reconfigured the entire space. It changed the way we used our home as a family and we now spend most of our time in here.

White and Blue Kitchen

The dining room chimney breast wall is my favourite feature in the whole house. The existing wallpaper was stripped and left this distressed plastered wall (which if you look closely you can see Superman flying and a Scottie dog.) We love it, but a lot of people still ask us when we’re going to paint it. Always makes me smile. Definitely a Marmite wall.

dining room chimney breast wall - distressed plastered wall

We have a lot of art in the house which I find is a really good way of adding something of yourself to a home. Our kitchen, although all whites and neutrals has plenty of colour added through books, accessories and artwork. Easy to change if you’re a colour changing fanatic (like me).

I’ve always wanted a bedroom big enough to have an armchair. This chair with its mid-century style wooden frame is perfect for keeping the space open. The feature wall behind the bed is slate and the light fitting is styled with a nod to Mr Messy.

Bedroom with armchair

 

The feature wall behind the bed is slate and the light fitting is styled with a nod to Mr Messy.

Combining traditional with more quirky contemporary elements and mixing high street with more hard to find items can really lift the overall look of a room. Find ways to add your personality to a space so it reflects you and what you love.


 

Who is behind today’s My Home Rocks?

I’m know I am really inspired by this home,  I love the top tip about mixing it up, so it really is time to meet the home owner. Karen is the interior designer behind Making Spaces – affordable, achievable interior design goodness and creative home solutions by the red-headed perfectionist. She is a mum of two, to a son and Chooch the cat.

For more great home inspirations, check out Karen’s blog, follow her on facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

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Making Spaces Picks from Wayfair

Clockwise from top right:

Graham and Brown Midnight Skulls Flock Wallpaper, Emilio 3 Seater Sofa, 3 piece side table set, Graduate Collection Cushion2 Drawer Sideboard

To feature your home email Penny: alexanderresidence@gmail.com

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My Happy Room: #MyHomeRocks Leafy Cheshire

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I am really pleased to be able to share a home from my home shire, Cheshire today, in fact I am typing this from lovely leafy Cheshire, as I am visiting my Dad this week. I know today’s guest blogger really enjoyed looking at their home in a new light to take the pictures for this, and that is really what My Home Rocks is all about.

It was a gorgeous sunny day when our guest took these pics, and the sun and love really flood into this house. All homes rock in their own ways, but sometimes we are so busy looking at pictures in magazines, that we forget to love what we already have in our own homes. This really is a happy room.


 

 

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This is my home in beautiful leafy Cheshire. Its a beautiful 1950’s semi in the suburbs. We moved in 18 months ago and we love it hear. Bear has settled in to preschool and we have just found out we have a school place jus around the corner. Were very lucky to live where we do, it has close links to major cities like Stoke on Trent and Crewe but its close enough to the likes of Wilmslow and Knutsford with both just a 20 minute car journey away.

When Penny and Wayfair asked me to show off my favourite room the choice was easy. The one room I love in our home is our back room / dinning room / play room. It has so much light in it, which streams through the doors and the little windows above , this is my happy room that has already brought so many memories, all good ones.

 

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I love how bear can just get out his toys and plays for hours. I love our table and chairs it was from Henry’s late father’s house, so it means a lot to Henry. You can find something similar here at Wayfair.

 

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Bear loves this corner as its where all his toys are kept he also loves looking up at the photos.

The one thing missing from this corner is a clock it drives me crazy I think something like this clock from Wayfair would go very well.

 

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This is our view from the back room doors. Eventually we want to get rid of the rockery and get a summer house but I guess for now that’s a dream. We love sitting and watching bear playing in his play house and slide. It’s such a nice room , especially in summer when we have BBQs.

Once the play toys have gone we would love something like this bistro set to fill the space.

 

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We love having the doors open in to the main lounge, when it’s sunny it completely changes the light in both rooms at different times of the day. I love sitting on this sofa it was a freebie from my sister when we lived in our old house. I can curl up on this sofa like a cat whose got the cream, for hours on end , it’s also my favourite place to blog or spend hours on social media. I would love a new sofa and i would go for something like this sofa. I love 1950’s style and think it would go very well.

 

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Here are the sky lights that let so much beautiful light in, its an extension to our beautiful home which also makes our kitchen so much bigger.

 


 

I love the way this kitchen space has zoned areas for relaxing, dining and play, how the light floods in, and how the garden becomes an extension of the space.

Emma lives, as you now know, in leafy Cheshire, with her husband and son. She blogs at The Cheshire Wife, and you can find her on Twitter and Facebook. Do say hello and let her know you have been snooping round!

 

Emma’s Picks at Wayfair UK

Here are some of Emma’s favourite Wayfair picks, as mentioned in the post, perfect for creating compact zones in a multi functional space.

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My Home Rocks: A Grown Up Space

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The minute the blogger behind today’s My Home Rocks posted a picture on Instagram of her black feature wall, I had to ask if she would share it here. Black feature walls look amazing. I also think this makeover is like a ray of hope to anyone battling with a living room chock a block with plastic toys. We overhauled our playroom last year – which the kids had stopped using – it is so liberating to create a more grown up space once more.

Over to today’s mystery blogger, I know some of you like to play ‘through the keyhole’, so I will reveal her identity at the end!


 

Hi and welcome to our living room, which is also our latest decorating project:

 chimney breast painted Crown Night Fever black

 

This front room used to be a playroom for our children for a while, but as they are growing up now and have moved on from the large, bulky plastic trucks and play kitchen-type activities now, it is very nice to be able to reclaim the room as a grown up space!

 

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This room is probably my favourite one in the house.  It has a large square bay window, a cosy fireplace and exposed wooden floor boards.  I like the proportions of the room, too – not too big, not too small.

Recently, I was inspired by a dark feature wall I had seen on an interior designer’s website (Karen Knox of Making Spaces).  She had used a paint by Crown called ‘Night Fever’ to great effect and I was really keen to try the look in our front room.  I would never before have thought of such a dark paint colour, but I thought our room could take it, because of our large bay window there is lots of natural light and the fact that our fireplace on that wall already had a black marble background, it shouldn’t clash with anything.  Also by keeping the rest of the walls light, it wouldn’t feel gloomy, but instead make a striking feature.

Nevertheless, I was nervous about putting black paint on the wall and especially about not getting a crisp line at the edges!  So I was very careful about using masking tape.  I used the green Frog tape you can buy at DIY stores which is supposed to be very reliable and I’m glad I did as it gave a nice clean paint line at the corners.

 

Painting a wall black - I used the green Frog tape you can buy at DIY stores which is supposed to be very reliable and I’m glad I did as it gave a nice clean paint line at the corners.

 

I was a bit tired of our chrome light fittings, so simply spray painted them copper for a different look. This was a quick and easy, as well as inexpensive option.

The rug is a new addition; it is a Louis De Poortere ‘Fading World’ rug which gives a lovely vintage look.

a Louis De Poortere ‘Fading World’ rug which gives a lovely vintage look.

Some bronze and gold accessories, such as candle holders, add a further warm metallic touch.

bronze and gold accessories, such as candle holders, add a further warm metallic touch

 

The room is still a work in progress, I’m deciding on a new pendant light for the centre of the room and would like to add some new artwork and cushions – the beautiful vibrant butterfly one is a new addition to the room (I noticed Wayfair stock this Curio Butterfly Cushion and other Graham & Brown products).

 

vibrant butterfly cushion from Graham & Brown at Wayfair UK

 

The tallboy cupboard belonged to my husband’s grandmother and it is probably from the 1930s or 40s and complements the original features in this room, for example the 1930s handles on our doors.

 

1930s tallboy cupboard and black walls

1930s black door handle

 

We’ve got a couple of old chests in the room which are great for storage and act as a coffee table and a place to stand decorative candles.  I love candles and they – like the colour palette – help to define the room as a grown up space.

 


 

 

You need to know more about the person who lives here right? This is a beautiful room and I love the way this grown up space has come together. It might use moody and dark black, but feels so welcoming, grown up and has drama which I love.

The owner of this gorgeous home, is Antonia Ludden who lives with her husband and three sons in Sale, Cheshire. You can find more of Antonia’s stunning interiors and ideas at Tidy Away Today and do follow her on Instagram & Twitter.

 

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My Home Rocks - A Grown Up Space

 

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Would you paint a wall black? What inspired YOU about today’s home? Please share in the comments or join the conversations #myhomerocks @pennyalexander_ @WayfairUK @tidyawaytoday

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My Home Rocks: Vibrant and Bright

I love these white ones to the left of the fireplace and am constantly moving my knickknacks around on them.

I am really excited to have another blogger’s home to share today for My Home Rocks, well actually today we are getting an in-depth look at one room. I loved this as I picked up some great tips and inspirations reading this, and I am sure you will too.


My Home Rocks: Vibrant and Bright

Welcome to my living room, a place where the tots play and Mr P and I sit back in our cozy sofas working or reading away. It’s one of my favourite rooms in the house so I am here to share it with all of you.

My living room has been an on going project for a while now. I first decorated it at nine months pregnant, hormonal, in a rush, a week after we moved in. My biggest advice is never do any of those things together. You will pick colours for the sake of it and décor you could care less about just because you are in rush to have a place to sit when your new baby arrives. Better yet never plan to move a few weeks before your due date. It will save you in the future of redecorating like me.

I have finally redecorated it after almost four years of staring at colors and furniture I hated. Now, it’s my favourite place in the house and I think the kids are pretty fond of it too now that there is a corner for them to call their own and play at.

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I switched the dark colours of reds and blacks to vibrant and bright yellows and blues. This rug is a treasure to me and took me forever to find the right colour and size that I wanted for my new living room. I am a huge fan of the poufs. They are great to put your feet up or use as a side table. The yellow toy box was an old chest that still needs one more coat of paint but I painted it yellow myself. I love doing like diy projects like this myself.

I love these white ones to the left of the fireplace and am constantly moving my knickknacks around on them.

I love these white shelves to the left of the fireplace and am constantly moving my knickknacks around on them. I have cotton & cable lights hanging from the corner, which drape over the kids’ kitchen corner. They love switching them on in the evenings and playing in the kitchen unit underneath. I have a small love for stags too, they are dotted about my house in various styles and sizes.

I couldn’t pinpoint one style that is my favourite for my home. Each room has it’s own look and own feel about it. I think homes should display the inhabitant’s personalities and our home is finally doing just that.

A big mirror is a must above a fireplace. It helps bright in the natural light and make the room appear bigger.  I painted this ‘love’ ornament, which used to be red, but I wanted to bring more coral into the room to match my throw cushions and coral was hard to find so I got creative.

A big mirror is a must above a fireplace. It helps bright in the natural light and make the room appear bigger. I painted this ‘love’ ornament, which used to be red.  I wanted to bring more coral into the room to match my throw cushions and coral was hard to find so I got creative. You can see I painted one wall a light grey and left the others all white. I love an accent wall even if it’s a light color.

I spend hours here snuggled up people watching out the window or reading various books to the kids.

The light floods in through the front window making photographing impossible but here you can make out the vibrant and bright cushions I have places on our cream sofa. I opted for a darker cream while the kids are still so young but someday I would love to see light grey or cream sofas in this room. I love cushions that are various patterns and styles and never match! I used two sets of curtains, a solid blue one to pull the color to the walls and window treatments but a sheer white one to allow more light into the room.

I spend hours here snuggled up people watching out the window or reading various books to the kids. We have a joke in our house that this is “Momma’s couch” and the other is Daddy’s. Somehow I think we just choose our spots to sit and it’s remained the same since. I think everyone must have “their” spot in their house that they go back to time and time again.

Above the side sofa I have a collage of our family summer trip last year to America

Above the side sofa I have a collage of our family summer trip last year to America. This used to be a black frame and I just used the grey paint from the far wall to paint over it and reuse. I love recycling old décor into new décor with just a little paint! Never throw anything out it can always be reused.

White furniture is great for making a room appear bigger and lighter.

 

I have the white sideboard and tv units in this room again to brighten it up. White furniture is great for making a room appear bigger and lighter. This room used to be so dark and dingy with dark décor and dark wood furniture. It’s made a massive difference changing it. I use little tokens to pull corals, blues, and yellows throughout my shelves.

This room gets used more than any room in the house so it’s only fitting that it be my favourite and finally a design that can reflect our personalities as a family. The kids have a corner to for their toys and kitchen unit and I have space that keeps my books and knickknacks safe behind glass doors. Even better the room has so much more light coming in now and light makes everyone happier!


 

I am sure you are itching to learn more about the person who lives here. This is a beautiful room and I love the idea of upcycling ornaments to tie in with a new colour scheme.

The owner of this gorgeous home, is Jenny Ripatti-Taylor. Originally from America, Jenny lives with her husband and two children in NW England. You can find more of Jenny’s love for interiors at Let’s Talk Mommy and do follow her on Instagram & Twitter. She’s in Venice right now, do check out her pics!

Get Jenny’s Gorgeous Look at Wayfair

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Pouf Ottomans, Mirror, Love ornament, rug, red cushion, yellow cushion, frame, zig zig cushions

What inspired YOU about today’s home? Please share in the comments or join the conversations #myhomerocks @pennyalexander_ @WayfairUK @letstalkmommy

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My Home Rocks – A Treasure Trove

Finally this is where every day ends - our bed. It's my favourite item in the whole house. We had it commissioned to be hand carved in France in the traditional 18th century roccoco style.

Who would sleep in a bed like this? Today’s My Home Rocks is by our first Dad Blogger, he mentioned on Twitter he loved the real homes features on the blog and I asked him would he like to take part. I had no idea what a treat we were in for, what a stunning home and a wonderful reflection on building a family home.


 A Treasure Trove

We were cooped up in a small 2 bedroom mid terrace and were rapidly outgrowing it. My wife moved over from the States to be with me and the coming together of 2 people that both loved to collect things, travel and all things fashion meant a very crowded household. We lived amongst clutter, and that was ok.

Clutter of the right kind can be a good thing. It can show off all the different aspects of your personality, prompt memory after memory and start story after story. But as much as we liked our crowded little house, we had a newborn baby and were already pregnant with another; We had to move. At the start of last year we bought a spacious 5 bedroom property spread across 3 floors and instantly attempted to fill every one of the generously sized rooms.

The typewriter is cast iron and seriously heavy. Old typewriters aren't hard to come across, but I like the fact that this one was made in America but has a French key set as opposed to the typical QWERTY lay out. We bought new ribbon for it and it still works just fine; I can't wait to send notes with our children to school quickly punched out on this piece of history.

The house we bought was a new build and fresh, but we decided to fill it with old things. We spent week after week browsing antique shops and vintage fairs. We turned our new home into a treasure trove of windows to the past. This little corner of our living room might just be my favourite corner in the whole house.

The typewriter is cast iron and seriously heavy. Old typewriters aren’t hard to come across, but I like the fact that this one was made in America but has a French key set as opposed to the typical QWERTY lay out. We bought new ribbon for it and it still works just fine; I can’t wait to send notes with our children to school quickly punched out on this piece of history.

The candlestick phone next to it finishes the scene and together they set my mind racing, creating scenes of an old New York newspaper office. The telephone was made in the 1920’s and has been rewired to work with todays modern telephone lines, without losing it’s original ring. It cost more than my new iPhone 6 plus, but is a real conversation starter (pun intended).

The 1930's wind up gramophone makes a nice treat from time to time in this modern world that demands everything in HD. The crackling and old fashioned jazz music we play on this is our favourite dancing music with our toddler.

The 1930’s wind up gramophone makes a nice treat from time to time in this modern world that demands everything in HD. The crackling and old fashioned jazz music we play on this is our favourite dancing music with our toddler. He loves the music that comes from the magic wooden box and gets excited whenever he sees it being wound up and ready to play. My only frustration is the fact that the 78rpm records it plays only manage one song at a time. I guess I still need modern technology more than I pretend to.

These vinyl decal stickers took hours to piece together in our baby girls room, and this is just one of the 4 decorated walls. We love wall stickers and have them in both of our children's' rooms. Our kids grow quicker than we would perhaps like, and we were aware that their bedrooms would change time and time again. Wall stickers make it easy to be creative and peel away to leave a blank canvas for the next transition

These vinyl decal stickers took hours to piece together in our baby girls room, and this is just one of the 4 decorated walls. We love wall stickers and have them in both of our children’s’ rooms. Our kids grow quicker than we would perhaps like, and we were aware that their bedrooms would change time and time again. Wall stickers make it easy to be creative and peel away to leave a blank canvas for the next transition. I wanted to share this photo because it’s the most familiar view I have of our house. We haven’t long lived here, but a large proportion of our time is sat feeding our little girl facing this wall.

Finally this is where every day ends - our bed. It's my favourite item in the whole house. We had it commissioned to be hand carved in France in the traditional 18th century roccoco style.

Finally this is where every day ends – our bed. It’s my favourite item in the whole house. We had it commissioned to be hand carved in France in the traditional 18th century roccoco style. The bed has that wow factor for us even today and seeing it is a great way to end the day. The lamps on the bedside tables are a pair of antique lamps that held candles years ago and are carved from wood. They’ve been converted for us and wired so we don’t have to worry about the place burning down and still have to use candlelight. We might like old things, but it’s 2015 after all!


I am sure you are itching to learn more about the person who lives here. I absolutely love the idea of typing notes to my kids on an old fashioned typewriter, takes me back to playing at my Gran’s house – every home should have one.

The owner of this gorgeous home, is Ryan Costello, he lives in Daventry, with his wife and two children. His blog Dad Creek is an engaging mix of reflections on family life, fitness, travel, adventure, and letters and poems. He describes it as ‘merely an experiment to cleanse the soul as the scariest journey I’ll ever face in life opens its doors in front of me’  – being a Dad.

Do follow and chat to Ryan on Facebook and Twitter.

If you don’t have room for a real typewriter, well, I love this Typewriter canvas wall art by Barry Goodman at WayfairUK

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What inspired YOU about today’s home? Please share in the comments or join the conversations #myhomerocks @pennyalexander_ @costyy2k

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#MyHomeRocks Warmth Play Love

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Through The Keyhole was a real hit, I think we all love looking though a real home for inspiration, and sometimes reassurance. I wanted to give it a twist this year. Although the anonymous element was fun, it was also frustrating for the homeowners who all wanted to join in the conversations about their home on social media. So #MyHomeRocks is a now the place to celebrate and be inspired by real homes, lots of snooping guaranteed.

So I’m really excited to introduce the first #myhomerocks, enjoy having a look round this home, it’s full of warmth and love, and a few secrets, let me hand you over…


Warmth Play Love

My home is full of warmth, and play, and love, and creativity. I have a secret longing for stylish minimalism but ’tis not to be…. as life just seems to burst out and make a riot of colour and piles of stuff in our home!

My lounge is colourful and cosy, full of our beloved books, and a place to have fun play and hang out together. I sometimes think I long for taupe and serenity but red sofas always sneak back in. Have had many over the years, I like a splash of colour!

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The kids’ playroom is stuffed with games and crafty bits and bobs and is a room full of fun just waiting to be had, it rarely stays tidy for more than 30 seconds, but that’s okay, I like my kids to play! I fight a constant battle with storage and I never win!

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I love my bedroom it is cool, calm and restful which is exactly what I need it to be. I have two colourful lively kids and a rather chaotic creative life and I need utter peace to sleep and rest my mind.

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My favourite part of house is this tiny secret garden that cannot be seen until you make your way to the end of the garden and peek round a little corner. My husband made it last summer as little oasis amidst the chaos. A perfect place to write and to relax away from everyone.

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Think I live a nice ordered life? Not at all, check out my desk!! It’s a wonder I get to the computer to do any blogging at all and I have a lot to do (6 blogs at the last count!)

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Picked up any clues as to this blogger’s identity? She left a little clue in that last photograph! Do go follow her on Instagram!

Becky Goddard-Hill is an expert on all things thrifty and home. She runs four very successful blogs including Thrifty Home and A Beautiful Space.  She is the author of How to Afford Time Off with Your Baby and lives in Nottingham with her husband and two children. You can also see her desk when she’s tidied it, in my real home office inspiration post.

I have been lucky enough to visit this home and it truly is a place of warmth, love and creativity, the first thing I noticed was the big red sofa and the beautiful notebooks scattered around. The secret garden is as magical as it looks.

Here are a few items inspired by Becky’s home over at WayfairUK:

Warmth Play Love #MyHomeRocks

Eames Rocking ChairBistro Dining SetBird CushionRed SofaRed Storage CubeCowboy Print Storage cube. Objects not shown to scale, please check measurements if ordering.

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My Home Rocks at A Residence
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