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A Residence Blog

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

#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.

 

Get the Making Spaces Look From Wayfair

 

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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One thought on “#MyHomeRocks: Making Spaces Edgy

  • thereadingresidence

    Such a beautiful home. We have an open plan kitchen/diner, too, and spend so much time in there, we’re pleased we did it. too. And now I am feeling the ‘need’ for that scandi sideboard – I don’t even have anywhere for it, I just love it!

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