Home Tour

March 2017 Update: I wasn’t sure how to go about updating this page. I didn’t want to lose the sentiment of my original home tour post, and thought it might be interesting to see how we’ve changed things by keeping the original pictures so I decided to add little update comments (like this one) and of course, some pictures of the updated spaces, to keep you up to speed with all the changes that have taken place around here since the original post (which was back in early 2015 at the end of my first full year of blogging). New text will appear in bold….

Whenever I stumble upon a new blog that looks exciting, the first thing I look for is that little button that says ‘Home Tour.’ I just LOVE a good nose around somebody else’s place whether it be in real life or just a virtual tour. I am very conscious of the fact that I haven’t yet posted a home tour and I feel it has been remiss of me not to invite you in to take a look around before now.

I’ve been thinking about this for a while and in my mind, I was planning to do the home tour when I got to my first blog-birthday but when that came, I was in the throws of embracing the new year and keen to have a look back over my year of blogging and reminisce.

If I’m honest, part of the reason I haven’t done a home tour yet is because, of course, lots of my home is not ‘visitor ready’! There are some areas that need lots of TLC to get them looking their best but with a year of renovations ahead, it’s likely the other areas won’t ever be looking any better than they are now while our attention is focused elsewhere so I may as well go ahead and share the whole shebang now and then, when we make changes and update, I will have great ‘before’ pics, right? I should probably preface this by saying, obviously, I knew you were all coming. I tidied up for you (and in some cases, I haven’t even done it that well!) My home NEVER looks like this. More often than not, it’s a mess. But that’s just part of family life isn’t it? There are some rooms that I love and some that I don’t like that much – yet! I feel like our home is always a work in progress and we will never really get to the end of it all. But that’s another story.

So, without further ado, won’t you come on in? Kick off your shoes and make yourself comfortable. Let’s start with a floor plan so you can get an idea of what you’re looking at.

The Ground Floor

The Ground Floor

The front door leads into a nice wide hallway. On the right side, double doors lead to the living room. The next door on the right leads to the den which leads through to the conservatory. All three rooms are linked via two sets of double glass doors.

Come on in!

Come on in!

Hallway looking towards the Front Door

Hallway looking towards the Front Door

Mar-17 Hallway Update:

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As you can see, not much has changed in our hallway. Our Command Centre is still working its magic and while we do suffer from this being a bit of a ‘drop-zone,’ (think kids school bags, shoes and sports kits!) on the whole, it’s not too bad.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourThe paperwork situation is kept under control by our little organisation station and I definitely forget less things that I used to!!

Home Heart Harmony Home Tour(see posts about how we introduced our command centre here and here as well as how we updated it here. Also, read about our weekly planner here and here and find out which diaries and planners I use here.)

The living room is probably my favourite place in the house. It is comfortable, calm and a really relaxing place to be. It’s warm in the winter and cool in the summer and if we’re all home, it’s the place we hang out together in the evenings.

Living Room

Living Room

 

The Living Room

The Living Room

Mar-17 Living Room Update: 

Home Heart Harmony Home TourWe have replaced our sofa’s in this room but otherwise, not much has changed.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourWe love this space and spend time together as a family in here every single day.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourThe kids love the new cosy sofa’s but their favourite spot is sitting on the floor next to the fireplace warming their toes! You can read more about our living room and my thoughts on decorating with duck egg here and my suggestions for colours to pair it with here.

The den is mostly used by the children. It has barely been touched since we moved in and it started life as our dining room. The dining area off the kitchen had a sofa area and a small table and chairs where we ate all of our meals so the dining room was only ever used if we had to seat more than just the four of us. Consequently, it became a bit of a dumping ground and we soon decided it was a complete waste of good space.

The Den leading through to the Conservatory

The Den leading through to the Conservatory

When the children were still young, my husband was always complaining that their toys took over the living room, so one day we decided to move the dining table into the kitchen and move the sofa from the kitchen into what would henceforth be referred to as ‘the den’. First, it was really just a play-room where the children played with their toys and generally made a massive mess. Then, as they got a bit bigger, it became more of a living room for them. We added a TV and got rid of the old sofa to be replaced by the two super-comfy chairs that were in our living room before we replaced them. Now-a-days, we have the X-box in there and it’s where our son plays his video games. It is well-used – and it shows!

Mar-17 The Den Update: Well, the den is no more. We found that the children were spending less and less time in here as they got older. Our son moved his games consoles up to his bedroom after we moved him into the bigger room and decorated. To be honest, he doesn’t spend the same amount of time on his devices now that he is older and has more sporting commitments and school work anyway. 
Home Heart Harmony Home TourAs a result, the den is now our home office. It’s still very much a work in progress – and we intend to start by painting that bookcase and covering the back of the desk!! You can read more about our efforts to organise this space here.
Home Heart Harmony Home TourMy husband and I both have work and other commitments that mean we need a dedicated space for working at the laptop with our paperwork close-by and with the children using this space less and less, it seemed like the obvious spot for an office. I love the fact that it is so open to the rest of our ground floor, it means I don’t feel shut off from the family when I’m working (unless I want to be, of course!!) We have double doors from here into the living room and on the other side into the conservatory as well as a door into the hallway. I have deliberately placed the desk so that we are facing out into the rest of the home. This way, it feels like, even when I have to sit and work, I can still be involved with family life. 

We desperately needed to do something with this space but we have been hindered by the dreaded CONSERVATORY. (I wrote that in capitals so you could imagine it in a dramatic horror-film-trailer type voice.) The CONSERVATORY is through double-doors off the den. It is nothing but a pain. It’s too small to be useful, too hot in the summer, too cold in the winter, we have had to fix several roof leaks and the double glazing has stopped working so the windows are covered in a permanent (and very attractive) condensation.

It is the CONSERVATORY (o.k, I’ll stop now) that has prompted the renovations we are about to under-take. We thought about just replacing the windows and the roof but we knew we wanted to replace the kitchen too so we thought we should just go all-in and get everything sorted out at once. Note that I haven’t shared a picture of it, it’s too shabby and I can’t wait for it to be gone!

Mar-17 Conservatory Update: Well, none of those planned improvements have yet taken place! When we got quotes to do everything we were hoping to, it became clear that we couldn’t have it all! We had to prioritise and for us, the kitchen was a clear winner. As a result, we cleaned out the conservatory and at least made it a more useable space.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourHowever, since having the kitchen remodelled, there are still a couple of boxes out there which need to find themselves a permanent home!

Home Heart Harmony Home TourMy plan for the time being is to use this room for smaller decorating projects (for example, to paint a bookcase or chest) as there isn’t much furniture in here to worry about and I have the large double doors to the garden which provide plenty of ventilation as well as all the light I could need. Not the prettiest spot, but at least it’s useful! Read more about our conservatory struggles here.

On the left of the hallway is the WC, then the stairs and finally the kitchen/dining room. There is a door from the back of the kitchen (just behind the fridge/freezer in the picture below) through to the utility room and then the garage.

Kitchen

Kitchen

The L-shaped kitchen/dining room (as it is now) make so much more sense with the large table in than the sofa we had before. We love this space and it has served us well but I can’t wait to make it even more amazing.

Dining Area

Dining Area

Dining Area

Dining Area

Mar-17 Kitchen Update: So, the kitchen has been through few changes since these pictures were taken to say the least!!

Home Heart Harmony Home TourFirst, we added our gallery wall to the dining area, which I loved and was very sorry to say goodbye to. Read more about our gallery wall and get a ‘how-to’ here.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourThen, we had the whole kitchen renovated which was the project we had waited so long for.

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Home Heart Harmony Home TourWe could not be happier with our beautiful new space and I can honestly say that this project changed our every day lives.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourWe all spend so much more time in here now. Family meals at this dining table just feel so much more relaxed and cosy now. I can’t quite work out why but we are definitely making the most of this space for family time and entertaining too! Read more about our kitchen update here.

Through the back of the kitchen is the small utility room and under-stairs closet, followed by the garage (which looks absolutely nothing like this any more! Argh!)

Garage

Garage

The stairs curve around to the right and lead to an upstairs landing area which wraps back around the stairs.

Upstairs Landing

Upstairs Landing

Upstairs Floor Plan

Upstairs Floor Plan

Here is a floor plan of the first floor. Our bedroom is at the front of the house above the garage in a section that reaches further forward. Consequently, some of the room is in the eaves of the roof. I love this, it gives the space a bit of character and makes it look bigger than it otherwise would.

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom

We went for pink in the bedroom (amazingly, the hubby did not object when I suggested pink – I was expecting opposition.) I think it worked out well, I love how calm and peaceful this room is. It really is a retreat for me; my favourite spot when life gets crazy is sitting in that armchair with a book and a cup of tea. Ahhhhhh.)

Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom – that’s a mirror leaning against the left wall!

Mar-17 Update: Nothing much has changed in either the hall and landing or the master bedroom. We plan to re-decorate the hall and landing soon and replace our stair carpet which has been in desperate need since we moved in 13 years ago!! Let’s not talk about the current state of the garage o.k?

The guest bedroom is not my favourite! When we bought the house, the people who lived here before had four boys so all the bedrooms other than the master were painted blue. When we moved in, we were terrified that we had bitten off more than we could chew financially so we needed to do all our updates on a  shoestring. In this room, we whipped around with a coat of paint and I bought some really cheap curtains from a mail order catalogue and paid for them weekly. Since then, we have done nothing apart from paint all the furniture white. We haven’t even got around to hanging a picture over the bed.

The most unimaginative room in the world?

The most unimaginative room in the world?

There is definitely potential in this room but if I’m honest, generally, it’s filled with piles of washing, ironing and paperwork. Does every home have a room like this? Please tell me it does?!

The Guest Bedroom

The Guest Bedroom

 

 

Mar-17 Guest Bedroom Update: The guest bedroom became our son’s bedroom back in October 2015.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourWe moved him from the smaller room at the back of the house and gave him his own grown-up space in this larger room.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourI can honestly say that he still absolutely loves his new room. It’s his favourite place to be and I’m so glad we made that change when we did so he could still really make the most of it. Read about how we panelled this room here and more about our son’s new bedroom here.

Our daughter’s room is at the back of the house which, because we are perched on a hill has views out over fields and then the town beyond. It’s south-facing so it gets lots of natural light and if she could only keep it tidy for more than five minutes it would be a real haven for her.

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Mar-17 Bedroom 3 Update: This room still belongs to our daughter and we decorated it back in the Spring of last year with the help of the lovely people at Laura Ashley.

When I look back at those old pictures, it makes me appreciate the transformation all the more.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourOur daughter is delighted with her new space and the biggest transformation of all? She now keeps it spotlessly tidy!!

Home Heart Harmony Home TourIf you could have seen her bedroom before, this would be the biggest surprise of all!! Now she has this gorgeous room, she really makes an effort to keep it looking lovely at all times and we are so proud of her efforts! Read more about our daughter’s bedroom update here.

Also at the back of the house, the other side of the family bathroom, our son’s room has the same view but is slightly smaller. He does have the advantage of a wall of hidden storage though, which, in my opinion makes up for the difference in dimension. He’s not sure he agrees.

Bedroom 4

Bedroom 4

He is keen to move into the guest room and do a swap and we are happy for him to, but I’m trying to put him off until the ground floor renovations have finished as I’m imagining we will need to use the guest room as our makeshift kitchen/dining area while the work is done and the more space we have, the better!

Mar-17 Bedroom 4 Update: This room is definitely still a work in progress!

Home Heart Harmony Home TourIt was used as a storage room for quite some time while we were decorating our son’s room, then our daughter’s room and then the kitchen.

Home Heart Harmony Home TourIt’s recently had an almighty clear-out but I’m hoping it’s going to receive a proper face-lift very soon!!

That pretty much completes the home tour other than a quick peek in the garden which is just a patio and grass – perfect for a kick-around with the football!

The Garden

The Garden

We are not the green-fingered type I’m afraid. Our last house had a long garden edged by beautifully planted borders. We spent hours out there trying not to completely ruin it but I’m afraid the people who bought it from us may feel that we failed in our attempts!! I remember dreaming of a square of grass which required zero maintenance and what do you know? We found it!! Read about our garden updates here.

The Garden

The Garden

I hope you have enjoyed our little tour, it’s been lovely having you, I do hope you’ll call again! Until next time….xoxo!

Mar-17 Update: And that’s it really – our garden never receives the attention it should! We are always too busy working on the inside of the house and the weather is so poor during the summer, it never seems worth the effort but this year may see a change – you never know!!

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18 comments

  1. Maddie says:

    What a beautiful home Sue! We ha e two dump rooms…The spare room and study! The spare room is soon to become the baby’s room…how quickly space is filled!

  2. Paula says:

    Hi Sue – absolutely love your style! Your house is beautiful. I particularly like your lounge and dining are with the blue – You have inspired me… I am currently doing my hallway in natural calico and on the wall running up the stairs, thinking of using Laura Ashley Duck-egg blue – I am hoping it will work otherwise my hubby will kill me as it’s the 4th time we have painted the hallway in as many months!! Have you used that particular duck-egg colour anywhere in your house? Anyway – please keep your posts coming – they are lovely xx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Wow – 4 times in 4 months is dedication to the cause! I think duck egg would look good anywhere! I LOVE it! We haven’t used it elsewhere as yet although I’m thinking of using it as an accent colour in our spare bedroom/office when we decorate that in the new year. Good luck with the hallway and thank you so much for such a lovely comment 🙂 xx

  3. Wendy French says:

    Hi Sue its Wendy that found you on Pinterest, where are your sofas from? i have similar ones from Next called Garda, in a similar colour to your natural one, am so tempted to add some duck egg blue to our Lounge as yours looks so beautiful. x

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Hi Wendy, thanks so much for your lovely comment on Pinterest, it’s so nice to hear from people who enjoy reading the blog! Our sofa’s were from Harvey’s but I have to say, I would hesitate to recommend them as one of the sofas became damaged after a year of use due to a staple sticking out from the frame. We contacted them as we had paid extra to have the sofas insured against any damage (though we finished up not even using it as it was a manufacturer fault) and it has been nothing but a nightmare dealing with their customer service department. It’s been over two years since the original damage and we are still waiting for a resolution to the problem. They are actually having to provide a whole new suite as they were unable to fix the situation and the sofa’s and fabrics were discontinued but this has come as a result of hours and hours of time on the phone, dozens of visits to various stores and countless emails. I have seen lovely similar ones. I think John Lewis do something very similar (http://www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-charlotte-medium-sofa/p747387) as do Laura Ashley (http://www.lauraashley.com/uk/made/furniture/sofas/p/bradford-upholstered-2-seater-sofa/fabric/dalton-duck-egg). Would love to see pics if you do decide to make changes! xx

  4. Lisa says:

    Hi Sue,

    I love your style! We have just moved house and I can’t seem to find my inspiration. I used to be so good and matching colours, wallpapers and fabrics but my vision seems to have gone?.
    Your style is just what I like, shabby but not too much. So…….sorry many questions.
    What colour have you painted the walls in your dining room and where are the curtains from or which fabric have they been made out of. I love this room, everything fits perfectly together.
    You have so many lovely little finishing touches, which is something I am trying to gather together.
    Have you just painted your hardwood garden furniture outside, I love the look, what have you used to achieve this?
    Keep up the good work, hope the kitchen will soon be finished, so we can see pics of the finished article.
    Any help you can offer to get me back on track would be appreciated.

    Lisa xxx

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Hi Lisa, Thanks so much for your lovely comment – it always makes my day reading comments like that! So, in answer to your questions…the walls in our dining room *were* painted in Homebase’s ‘Dove Grey’ (we’ve just painted them a new colour in honour of the new kitchen!) and the curtains and table cloth were made from Clarke and Clarke fabric called “English Rose” in Grey. The garden furniture was painted a couple of years ago now but I think you can still get the paint. It was Dulux Weathershield Exterior Satin in Green Glade. You can read about it in this post (http://homeheartharmony.com/2014/06/26/grafting-in-the-garden/) I think I offered some tips in the way of sanding and prep! With regard to finding your style inspiration, I always find home decorating blogs (like this one!!) and Pinterest to be so inspiring when it comes to ideas for interior decor. Prior to my blog and Pinterest obsession, I would scour the shops and internet for items I loved and base my rooms around them. For example, the inspiration for our dining room was that Clarke and Clarke fabric. I loved the idea of painting the walls grey to match the background and pulling the pink of the roses through in our accessories. My top tip for creating a space you love is not to rush. Our home has evolved over years and I have always tried to allow myself time to find just the right thing for each room so that I’m not rushing into purchases I later regret. I will see a fabric or wallpaper I love and then spend a good few months working it through in my mind, researching other items to complement it and the actual physical decorating comes at the end of a long process, by which time, I know exactly what I’m trying to create and how. I hope that helps. Good luck with your new home and please do stay in touch to let me know how it’s going xx

  5. Lisa says:

    Thanks Sue,

    Have now purchased the Weathershield to start painting the garden furniture. So wish me lots of luck and patience. Just seen the updates on your kitchen. I’ve got to admit I’m really jealous. It looks fab and so different to your previous one. You wouldn’t actually think it was the same space. The worktop and tiles really compliment the units. Great choice.
    I have been having a nose around your other posts and just wanted to ask about the family print that is in your command centre picture. Showing the members of your family, I really think that’s quirky. Can you remember where you had this from?
    Good luck with everything.
    Lisa x

  6. Lisa says:

    Hi Sue,

    Thanks, have just emailed Emma and ordered some prints.

    Just been admiring your beautiful kitchen. You must be so pleased, you really have made some great choices, everything works so well together. I love the dresser, does it really look as good in the flesh as in the picture, as the price is so reasonable. Really tempted to order one even though we currently nowhere for it to go! Well enjoy your lovely kitchen and perhaps you can now relax a little. Keep up the blogging, it gives me great inspiration. Lisa x

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Oh thanks so much Lisa, so glad you managed to order some prints. The dresser is really lovely quality, I can’t quite believe it’s so reasonable! It came in two sections (top and bottom) and the delivery men were really lovely, they put it all together and took all the packaging away. In fact, I did order a different colour originally but decided it wasn’t right for the room so I rang the company and they came the following week, took the other one away and installed this one with absolutely no bother or additional charges! Would definitely recommend! Xx

  7. Lauren Seager says:

    Hi, you have made my otherwise uninteresting Monday so very much better. Its truly refreshing to find an UK home blog in a normal house (and I mean that in the most complimentary way), I am interiors mad and subscribe to magazines and blogs but have been missing proper English interiors that are not stately homes or converted mills etc., I found your kitchen on Pinterest and its incredibly similar to mine, so I really love what you have done, I adore a ‘home tour’ and yours was no exception – you have a super lovely home, you must be thrilled looking back at how far you have come. We have been in our house for just over 2 yrs and have remodelled the majority of it now but I still love looking at ideas and now I have subscribed to your blog and look forward to getting to know you and your lovely home better (am so with you on the garden, we have a huge garden we always have plans for but are soooo busy INSIDE…) one day….

    • Sue Parfitt says:

      Ah, thank you so much Lauren for your sweet comment – that brings such a massive smile to my face and really motivates me that it’s all worthwhile! xx

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