One of my most frequent post requests is for a full tour of the house in one post. Sure, there are posts dedicated to each room , but it seems many of you would like to get a more holistic view of my bijoux abode. Never to be a party pooper, I bring you the littlest house tour.
In the name of transparency, I feel I must declare that there are some areas of the house tour that I won’t share, they’re not where I would like them to be and it’s nice to have some things I can look forward to sharing in the future. The laundry room, outside loo, the top section of the garden and some bits of kitchen make me sad. I will not share the sadness until it has been tackled. That’s enough about that because I’m so grateful for my home. Let us begin.
We live in a two-bedroom Victorian workers cottage in Worcestershire. We moved here four years ago from a three bedroomed semi-detached cottage in Clent. Very slowly, I have been working on one room at a time. I do everything myself, the choices, the DIY and the styling. My home is designed for me and it evolves and changes with my life.
The Living Room
Our front door leads straight into the living room. Isn’t that the defining quality of a Victorian Workers Cottage? I don’t mind it so much. It’s annoying that Mr SV leaves his shoes out and keeps trying to insist we put a coat rack next to the door so he can put every coat he owns on it. (Over my dead body!) Other then that, I don’t mind it too much.
The room is light and bright, thanks to a large window and it’s a space that works well in both cosy winters and airy summers thanks to my make-over earlier this year.
The living room leads straight into the kitchen-diner. I do spend a lot of my time in here as it’s light, looks out over the garden and is where the food is. (nom) The built-in section of kitchen is really small and storage is a little tight – especially for someone with a kitchenware addiction. I’m looking forward to tackling this room next year.
To boost the counter and storage spaces I added a single Hemnes dresser and a solid wood island that creates a little free-standing section that is actually one of my favourite parts of the space. There’s much to do in here – but I’m appreciative for what I have and enjoy the space regardless. It’s my haven.
Our garden space is very long and narrow. It was incredibly overgrown when we moved in and although we are steadily making some progress. Every Spring it feels like a mountain again. I gave the patio a mini-refresh this spring, painting the outdoor furniture and replanting my beloved Hydrangeas and roses. I’d love to cover the crazy paving with stones, but I’m not sure how to work around the step (the patio is on two levels with a step between them) -if you have a suggestion I am all ears!
The patio provides access to the laundry room and outdoor loo, but they are yet to be shown some tic – so I shall save their transformation for another day and post. Let’s take this house tour upstairs.
When we first looked around the house, I was pleased to find a little landing as our previous house had nothing at all. The space is on the cute side, but I’ve used mirrors and light features to make the most of what I have.
We (Well, I) haven’t got to the bedroom yet. I do feel really un-inspired when it comes to bedroom decor. Not even my well pinned Pinterest board is motivating me. It works for now and who knows what
This was undoubtedly the most unsightly room in the house. It really felt quite small and sad when we moved in. I went into lots of detail in my overhaul post, The room is now bright, fresh and clean with lots of useful storage for my cruelty-free beauty product obsession.
With just the two of us, we decided to sacrifice a second bedroom to create a more useful space. With my love of crafts and my extensive and continually growing Photography kit, it made sense to create a workspace. I also love the option to work somewhere that feels really focussed, particularly if I’m editing images very late at night.
I hope this house tour post has given you more of an insight into life in our bijou Victorian cottage.