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!
My house is on top of a very steep hill in Brighton. I’m 15 mins from the sea and 5 mins drive from the Sussex Downs. This is my first house and the novelty of having a staircase going UPSTAIRS and my own front door hasn’t worn off (I doubt it ever will). I share my home with my Maltease dog called Teddy. He is a fab model, jumping into shot when I take photos of my home.
I’ve worked really hard giving my home a bold look but with a classic twist. I travel a lot for work and for pleasure and New York is one of my favourite and most visited places. I noticed in the states that they are waaay more confident with their patterned flooring choice. Inspired, I wanted to give my house a touch of NY styling.
My bathroom was my first makeover due to an unfortunate leak. I went for beautiful Victorian style Fleur-de-lis tiles from British Ceramic Tiles- and I adore them. They sit well with the roll top bath and make my small room feel bigger (maybe as you are too busy looking at the floor!)
My kitchen got the same New York makeover with these illusion tiles, again from British Ceramic Tiles, which were on the top of my lust list. They are the first thing friends mention when they come into my home. Tip: With ceramic flooring, treat your feet to underfloor heating. In my compact kitchen is was affordable and is so cosy.
My latest obession is buying rugs, and rugs, and more rugs. In my dining room and open-plan living space I’ve gone for monochrome prints with an ethnic twist. They have added pattern to my home and have helped to make this open-plan space work well together. I’m slowly adding more and more layers to my home – my latest find are these amazing sheepskin rugs. Oh, and I pick up bits of furniture off the road too – like these G-Plan nest of table which were on the side of the road.
The rug my bedroom is very special to me. It belonged to my mum who was given it as a moving in gift by my grandmother. It’s been in her attic for the past 20 years and when I moved in I asked if I could have it to cover over my beige carpet. It’s threadbear in places but I don’t care. I love the colours, the faded grandure of it. It sits perfectly with my vintage bed found on GumTree for £150 and my painted furniture picked up from carboot sales.
I put alot of thought into my home surrounding myself with things that I love. But at the same time I’m not precious about things either, my space is constantly changing as I find new furniture or update each room (next on my list is my guest bedroom). That is why I share all these ideas on my blog so that I can help others who are working on similar fixer-upper projects.
Thanks for the tips and the lovely look inside your home Maxine! Let us know what you loved about Maxine’s home in the comments. To see your home and blog featured on My Home Rocks contact Penny via firstname.lastname@example.org