The Style Files House Tour No. 23
June 17, 2017

The Style Files No. 23

if you're a boho lover, vintage hoarder and industrial addict, step inside Reena's home

Are you just as obsessed as us with all these house renovations accounts on Instagram? Us too. Which is why we totally love and had to introduce you to Reena – this weeks Style Files house tour interviewee. If you aren’t familiar with our house tours, we welcome you to browse through the archives here, but for this week, we guide you through stay at home mum of three, Reena’s home where she lives with hubby Matt in Cardiff in their Victorian terraced home, built over 140 years ago. With it’s quirky features Reena has transformed it into a home one can only dream of. Scroll down for home inspo and be sure to check out her Instagram here

All photos, with thanks to Marie Palbom. 



What’s the inspiration behind your home?

I love period properties with a story to tell. My mantra is to love and embrace the “imperfect” character and nature that comes with period houses. We bought the house four years ago are now finally onto the rewarding bit of making it homely – adding all of the soft furnishings and getting art work and photographs on the walls. We don’t live in a huge house and we have lack of storage so it’s challenged us to get creative. If you like the tiles above, they’re from Home Barn.

I am a Pinterest and Interior magazine addict…although since joining the Instagram community I mainly get my inspo there! Buying our first house also coincided with us starting a family. And being a stay at home mum has meant I now spend more time than ever at home not only in the day but in the evenings too, so I want my home to be cosy, warm and really inviting. 

I have also been very inspired by the Danish way to live well which everyone has heard of by now…Hygge. I wanted to translate this into my home with cosy soft furnishings, lots of candles and festoon lights (next to purchase on my house wishlist!). I’ve also added natural wood in my home, my mantle piece being one of my favourites. 

If you like the Kodama Bloom print pictured above by Lucille Clerc, head to Print Club London. And the light is from Home Barn

What’s your top interior design tip?

I love nothing better than cutting out pictures from magazines, printing out pictures from the internet and creating a real life mood board. This helps me picture the end result and also keep me focused on what to buy. There is too much choice out there and I think it can become very overwhelming, so its about decluttering your mind from too many things and having one point of reference rather than a million boards on Pinterest with a million pictures on each one

What’s your best advice for creating a home like yours?

I like using natural materials in my home that are budget friendly. We have made use of scaffold boards throughout our house from using it to make shelves to wardrobes to outdoor planters and a seating area! We have also used copper pipes to make curtain rails. I adore different textures with linen and sheepskins being a must have, to add warmth and cosiness to rooms. I also love anything with tassels or fringing and pom pom blankets! 

 “We have made use of scaffold boards throughout our house using it to make shelves, wardrobes,  outdoor planters & a seating area”

If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?

I want a Berber rug an original Beni Ourain! Other than that it would have to be my piano. 

How would you define your style?

 I find it hard to define my style as I am influenced by so many, but in every room I like to have a nod to something rustic/vintage..I love old pieces of furniture and am hugely inspired by Hans Blomquist and bringing the outdoors in. I love bohemian Californian/Texan style with statement tiles and macrame hangings and lots of plants…my collection is small but growing. I also love industrial, if I could live anywhere it would be in a New York Loft apartment with huge crittall windows…one can dream..

If you like the ‘Red Indian’ print pictured above by Margaux Carpe, you can find it at Print Club London

If you’re just as in love with Marie’s photos as we are, check out her Facebook here & Instagram here

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  1. Wow! That fireplace treatment is amazing and inspirational. We have an old brick fireplace that needs to comedown – and we have a vintage cast iron one we inherited with the house that is sitting, unused, in the garage. I think we just found an answer to our “what do we do with the fireplace?” dilemma.

  2. oh wow. Those tiles are incredible and I love those baskets. What a fabulous home

    1. Glad you like it!

  3. Beautiful I love the rustic look and how it has all been set out within the rooms.

    1. Such a beautiful home isn’t it!