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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.

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

Art-Group-Typewriter-Canvas-Art-by-Barry-Goodman

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