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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.

Through The Keyhole: Putting Down Rural Roots #TTKH

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Welcome to Through the Keyhole, it’s like snooping on Rightmove, only lovelier. The thing about interiors is they can be intimidating. So, apart from being nosy,  I really wanted Through The Keyhole to try and demystify what makes a house a home.

Last time we snooped around Katie’s wonderful love nest. Today I have a gorgeous family home in a rural location for you.

Today’s Through The Keyhole knows exactly how to make a house a home, even if it is still a work in progress.  I will take you ‘though the keyhole’ to her blog later if you’re curious to know who lives here, which I know after reading this you will be.


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We moved to our house fairly recently, so it’s still a work in progress. Half the walls haven’t been painted. We have a couple of big projects coming up, after which we can finish decorating so some things have yet to be unpacked. Most of the pictures are propped up, like this one in my husband’s office. Continue reading

Through the Keyhole: A Love Story #TTKH

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I’m reflecting… Through The Keyhole has been running for a few months now. When A Residence became part of Wayfair.co.uk it was all about keeping a real blog. So I wanted it to feature real homes too. For inspiration, but also reassurance.

Something must be going right because this week A Residence was announced in the Shortlist of the Amara Interior Blog Awards in Best Organisation Blog, so a big thanks to all those who have given us a peek around their homes!

Through the Keyhole is so much more than snooping though, it has shown me so much of what makes a real home. People admit to tiny, telling things about sharing their home with others, people show beautiful things, with stories behind them, things that make a house a home. It feels like such a privilege to go through the keyhole.

Last week’s Through the Keyhole took us to Steph’s Two Girls home. She showed us exactly what mattered to her family.

Today’s Through the Keyhole is a love story too…. Continue reading

Through the Keyhole – Make a house a home #ttkh

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I love to look around people’s homes, so I thought it would be fun to play Through the Keyhole. To see inside some real homes.

Last time we snooped around Liz from The Mum Blog’s beautiful home, full of travel souvenirs, iconic art and some cheeky treasures.

Today’s Through The Keyhole really gets to the heart of what makes a house a happy home. I am also excited to feature our first pet, isn’t he gorgeous?

I’m not going to tell you whose home we have this week, except to say  I will take you ‘though the keyhole’ to her blog later if you’re curious to know who lives here, which I know after reading this you will be. Continue reading

Through the Keyhole – Travel in Style

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I don’t know about you, but I love to look around people’s homes, it was my love of Rightmove and property snooping that inspired Through the Keyhole
Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. Last time we frolicked around Joanne’s beautiful Yorkshire garden, complete with gargoyles and handmade mobiles. Since last week she was awarded the MAD Blog for Travel, so do check out her amazing site! Huge congratulations Joanne.
I’m not going to tell you whose home we have this week, except to say she is a woman of words and style. I will take you ‘though the keyhole’ to her blog later if you’re curious to know who lives here, which I know after reading this you will be.
This is a blogger who likes to travel a lot – and judging by the Virgin Atlantic Upper Class salt and pepper set likes the finer things in life, even when they’re pinched..
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She seems to be a beauty addict…
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…and apparently likes wearing a lot of pink.
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She’s definitely attracted to glittery, pretty things and also loves Disney…
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…both she and her son share an interest in popular culture…
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…she has a thing about good design…
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…and her workspace is uncluttered…
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but above all she loves the sea.
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Very telling! I love learning a little more about someone by sneaking through their stuff. So…are you ready to go Through The Keyhole and find out more about who she is?

Time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.

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What struck you about today’s home? Please share in the comments or join the conversations #throughthekeyhole @aresidence.

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To take part in Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.

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Through The Keyhole – Hours of Family Fun

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I don’t know about you but I love to look around people’s homes. This was the inspiration behind a new feature on A Residence, Through the Keyhole
Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. Last time we snooped around Kate’s amazing Pinterest influenced collector’s home. Today I have a garden for you. 
I’m not going to tell you whose home we have this week, except to say she is normally too busy writing about what happens beyond her home to write about her own beautiful garden. She also has masses of great ideas for family fun. I will take you ‘though the keyhole’ to her blog later if you’re curious to know who lives here, which I know after reading this you will be.

I blog regularly about family travel and love getting out and about with my four young girls, so it’s nice to be able to talk a little about our home. My favourite part of our home is our garden. We bought the house because of the size of the garden. After relocating back to East Yorkshire from a terraced house with a postage stamp sized garden in urban Hertfordshire, having lots of outdoor space was a top priority. While we have most definitely put our family-sized stamp on the garden (I won’t show you the paddling pool, or the sandpit, or the requisite guinea pig house on the grass) there are lots of lovely features which I love, many of which have been here since before our house was built back in the 1930s.

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One of the most talked-about features of our garden are the walls. We have them down one side of our garden, and through the middle, cutting our garden into two halves. The previous owners told us that they believed the brickwork came from St Mary’s church in Beverley – which is one the churches allegedly in the nursery rhyme Mary, Mary, quite contrary – but I don’t know how much truth there is in it. Wherever they came from, they make an interesting feature in our garden. While I could easily knock down the walls making one huge garden area, I don’t want to do anything which will mean losing our lovely and quirky brickwork.

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Another item we inherited was this Buddleia, or Butterfly Bush. It refuses to die no matter how ignorantly we trim back its ever-sprouting branches, though I would be sad if we did kill it through heavy-handedness. It certainly attracts the butterflies and though is in an awkward spot, has earned its place for a few more years.

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When we moved in in 2002, the bottom (and lower) half of our garden was all used as allotment. The retired couple we bought our house from were almost self-sufficient vegetable wise, but with full-time jobs there was no way we would be able to cope with that sort of maintenance. We spent over a year in our spare time turning a plain mud area to lawn and low-maintenance flower beds. We used reclaimed railway sleepers to create beds for rocks and slate. This Japanese maple was planted a short time afterwards and is very much at home. It is now over 6 feet tall. I don’t know what we’ve done right, but it seems to like our care.

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Also in the same bit of garden, we have our summerhouse. It’s over ten years old now and needs some maintenance, but we still sit out there from time-to-time. My husband painted it last year and we just need some replacement window glass to make it like new again. It’s one of those jobs we will never get around to completing, I suspect.

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I’m no horticulturalist but I have got this corner where I’ve made a bit of an effort. We have a sweet pea, a rhododendron, a lily, and various other bits, like a bird cage and a gnome – which at least I can’t kill. Time will tell how long the rest of it lasts.

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And what family garden would be complete without a shady tree to hang things from – like this wonderful mobile made from beads and a soft cheese carton? Gorgeous, right?

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We love our garden. It has space, character, and provides us with hours of family fun.

I love that today’s Through the Keyhole has give me the energy to mow the lawn and make the most of the sun we’ve been forecast. Have you guessed whose garden this is yet? Are you ready to go Through The Keyhole and find out more?

Okay, time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.

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What struck you about today’s home? Please share in the comments or join the conversations #throughthekeyhole @aresidence. To take part in Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.  To see more through the keyhole, click the badge below.

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Through the Keyhole – The art of collecting

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I don’t know about you but I love to look around people’s homes. The lovely thing about being a blogger is making new friends online, but you don’t always get to meet or do the simple things like pop over for coffee.

Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to do just that, have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. Last week we snooped round Kate at Wit Wit Woo’s Home, it was stylish with a good sense of humour.

This week’s resident spends a lot of time of Pinterest and is very creative, I challenge you not to nab at least one of her ideas for your own home. I will take you though the keyhole to her blog later if you can’t guess, or if you’re curious, which I am sure after reading this you will be.

 

My £5 bike from the charity shop is hung on a wall in my garden so that I can see it from the kitchen. Biking is my newfound hobby. I have decorated the bike with the children’s finger knitting, yarn-bombing the wheel.

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Wind Chimes are made from the kiddies old xylophone piano and E.T. was ordered especially off of Ebay for the basket.

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A pallet shelf in the garden for knick knacks. Cemented Lego men and bits of broken crockery. Funky Lino backing from a friend’s skip during their bathroom renovations.

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Baby Doll Amelia peeking through the skylight in the kitchen. I saw something similar on Pinterest and had to try it. There are always children spilling out of our home, but thankfully we’ve not had anyone on the roof. Yet.

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In our kitchen, I have a canvas print of a detail from my Grandpa’s cooker. I loved her kitchen which was original to the house. I knew that it wouldn’t be there long and so made a point to try to capture the details. I like having a bit of her kitchen in mine.

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Our next door neighbour liked to collect interesting things too, but since he passed, his wife has been trying to clear some space in the house. We have tried to be sensible and not take in too much, but this Port box was from him and holds our games quite nicely. We also have a couple of plastic crates that are great for sitting next to the campfire and an old Barber’s sign from our village which now hangs in our garden. I think that he had a good eye for interesting things.

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On a visit to see our family, the kids mentioned to my aunt that they liked Archie comics, but that they were somewhat hard to find. I think that she must have gotten every available issue for them.  They are still reading them now, over and over again.

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Just a random image typical of our life at home. Clothes and shoes are discarded throughout the house and garden on a daily basis and need rounding up at the end of each day.

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My Grandma and Aunt are quilters. The children and I made their patchwork quilts over a few years.

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Melted Crayon Art. It surprises me how many people come round and admire these. I guess not everybody spends as much time on Pinterest as I have done, and haven’t seen all of the craft fads of the past few years.  I keep thinking of taking it down, or melting them with the hairdryer some more, just for fun.

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In the boys room, I covered some textured floral wallpaper left by the previous owners with our collection of maps. The boys like to trace their fingers and cars around New York City and beyond when they are supposed to be sleeping.

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Fridge art gallery. One of many galleries in our home. I love art.

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Shelf in the bathroom with random tidbits. Pottery from the Tye River Pottery in Virgina, our wedding cake topper made from clay by a friend, with the intention of representing us, cheesy illuminative Landscape picture from the charity shop, old windmill picture from a market in Belgium (I think) I have had with me for ages. Little boy statue used to be my husband’s when he was little, hand decorated jewellery box given to me by a friend, and earrings that I rarely wear. (I am a hoops or stud type of woman)

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I was given this air horn on my last birthday. It was MUCH louder than I had expected and I’m not sure how much air Honk I’ve got, so I am rationing myself. It’s kept up here, out of reach of the kiddies.

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Our kitchen table is a happy place, usually full of things being made, that get pushed to the side for meals. Sometimes, oftentimes,  it’s so full of projects that we resort to eating on our laps.

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My office is in the cupboard on the landing. The idea was that when things get too messy, as they often do, I can just shut the door so that we don’t have to see it. Trouble is, I am always on here, and paperwork spills out onto the landing. It’s cozy though, and I like it. It’s next to the kid’s room though so I can do some work while policing the boy’s bed time sillyness.

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The happy hour record station in the kitchen. I been enjoying collecting records from charity shops and listening to them while cooking and discovering new, old music. The record player was from Aldi. A great find after my old one broke a good few years ago now.

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I have fallen in love with today’s Through the Keyhole, I want to go and visit although I don’t think my eyes would be able to stop looking at all the magical treasures. Perhaps you can guess whose house this is, or are you ready to go through the keyhole and find out more?

Okay, time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.

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To take part in Blogger Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.

As regular readers will know A Residence is now part of Wayfair, the homes and interiors online store, for more home inspiration, check them out.

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Through The Keyhole – Stylish with a GSOH

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I don’t know about you but I love to look around people’s homes. This is the inspiration behind a new feature on A Residence, Through the Keyhole. The lovely thing about being a blogger is making new friends online, but you don’t always get to meet or do the simple things like pop over for coffee.
Through the Keyhole gives you a chance to do just that, have a sneaky peak inside someone else’s home. Last time we snooped around Dorky Mum‘s art collection.
I’m not going to tell you who’s home we have this week, except to say she is a great writer, she is stylish and has a great sense of humour. I will take you though the keyhole to her blog later if you can’t guess, or if you’re curious, which I am sure after reading this you will be.

 

I moved into my new house a few months ago and because it’s rented, albeit part furnished, I’ve had to buy a few new key pieces of furniture for the house.  I say ‘had to’ … I ‘wanted to!’  This pale blue chest of drawers was from eBay and as beautiful as it is, the drawers are annoyingly clunky so they’re hard to pull out and push in.  There’s definitely a knack to it!  But it’s SO pretty I can’t bear to part with it.

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I’ve finally got a place where I can display just a small amount of my jewellery and you might notice the leopard print make-up bag in the background … I do have a penchant for animal prints, although I’m trying to wean myself off.  There’s also a new bottle of Prada perfume at the front – bought on a recent trip to France!

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These ceramic birds are on the wall in my lounge and sit (fly?) above my SMEG fire.  They’re awesome.  They’re so Hilda Ogden (Google it if you’re not old enough to remember her) but a little bit more upmarket (I hope!)  I’d say 90% of the walls in my house are white and these birds add a lovely pop of colour, although unfortunately, the photo doesn’t really do them justice – like all birds, they’re much more beautiful in real life!

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I love this old school radiator that’s in the lounge – not only does it get incredibly hot, incredibly quick, but it’s a real statement piece because it’s the first thing you notice when you walk in.  The grey goes with the theme of the room but I’ve tried to add some colour by using pieces like this burgundy footstool.  And if anyone can recognise me by my feet, you definitely win a bonus prize!

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Recently, the calm of my serene lounge has been mightily disrupted by the return of a certain family member, as you’ll see by the decks that have suddenly appeared.  He’s a massive fan of music and has DJ’ed whilst he’s been away at Uni but for the love of God I wish he’d keep his stuff in his room.  (In his defence, he’s been relegated to the box room so there’s not a great deal of space!)

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I’m a big fan of quirky lampshades and this house has plenty, with this particular one being in the kitchen.  And no, that’s not a dungeon behind you, just some very very unusual wallpaper.

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I love that today’s Through the Keyhole oozes home style and a great sense of humour. Have you guessed whose house this is yet? Are you ready to go through the keyhole and find out more?

Okay, time to put you out of your misery, *puts on best Loyd Grossman voice* Who would live in a house like this? Let’s go through the keyhole …just click it.

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To take part in Through the Keyhole, please contact me using the links in the sidebar or in my About Me page.

As regular readers will know A Residence is now part of Wayfair, the homes and interiors online store, for more home inspiration, check them out.

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