The Style Files House Tour No. 29
August 5, 2017
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The Style Files No. 29

a home to make you neutral lovers reconsider your home design

Last weekend our Style Files showed us around Malcolm’s home as he invited us into his dark & stylish Aberdeen property – but this week we have something completely different for you – take a look at Rebecca’s colourful home, her Mancunian Airbnb. It’s filled with bright pops of colour, quirky artwork & paint murals a plenty. Now prepare yourself as we get all inception on you –  Rebecca is the sister in law of Chris, whose house we featured a few weeks ago! See Chris’s home here. If you’re a regular follower of our house tours perhaps you have recognised Rebecca’s photography style as she took the photos for Chris’ too – we love her style. If you’re into bright and airy home design, with bold colour & scandi influences, this home is definitely worth snooping around…

 

colourful Airbnb
colourful house tour

What’s the inspiration behind your home?

I’d forgotten how light the house was when we reclaimed it back from our last tenants. It’d been our first family home in Manchester, and the first home we’d bought. It’s always been a money-pit though, and we’ve never really fully achieved that ‘second home’  financial buffer that you’d expect people who own two homes to experience. I think because it was our first home – the place where we brought our first daughter home to – I was reluctant to let it go. That home had brought such a happy start to our family life, and I really treasured that. After 7 years of tenants, it was in a real need of some TLC. Here, I saw an opportunity to make it good again by turning it into an Airbnb, whilst also itching my interior design scratch.
colourful Airbnb

It would need a new kitchen, bathroom, floors, plastering, carpets, windows, and all on a minimal budget. So, mainly, it is the budget that has inspired me! But, the natural brightness in the house is really lovely, and I’ve allowed myself to explore a sense of playfulness and experimentation that my husband doesn’t allow me to try out in our own home! 

colourful home
colourful home
colourful home

Was there a design process behind your home?

In everything it was a juggling act between budget and style that formed the decision making process. Weirdly, I think this made the style choices easier. I think if your budget is limitless then you can have anything & everything. That’s quite a daunting prospect for me. It’s great bargain hunting, and finding little gems. For example, the multi-coloured folding chairs that I’ve used inside and out of the house – £10 each from Habitat.  
colourful home
colourful home

I was given loads of amazing things for the house from family and friends after putting a call out for quirky and stylish items that were no longer needed. My budget had been eaten up in renovating the house, so furnishing it was going to be hard. I took everything that was offered to me, but sometimes this did mean that I had clashing styles and colours. I  used this in my favour and made it a feature of the house! With odd bits that I couldn’t find a place for I’d get the spray paint out, or re-purpose in one way or another. 

colourful home
colourful home
Another thing that influenced the design of the house were the pictures donated to me by my husband. He’s an illustrator, and draws the most amazing, colourful, graphic portraits, but he also collects other people’s art and has amassed quite a collection. Slowly, I managed to create a ‘story’ (with all of the items I’d been given) for each room and things started to come together nicely.     
colourful home
colourful home

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

I absolutely love colour, but I appreciate it can be over-done if you don’t think about the house as a whole. I’ve made the mistake before, when I’ve chosen a really bold colour for one room, then discovered it really didn’t work within the whole house, or I’ve to struggled to find furniture that matches. 
colourful home

 “Define my style? Colourful, eclectic, fun and experimental 

colourful home
In this house I’ve mainly I’ve kept the walls white with bursts of colour in furnishings, and the odd feature wall. The feature walls have been influenced by the art in the rooms, and I’ve accessorised each room individually based on the art and wall colour. I purposefully chose wall colours that created a combined, complementary palate. I’ve not been afraid to use unusual, and almost clashing, colour combinations in terms of accessorising though; green and orange; pink and grey; not choices I’d usually make. Sometimes risks pay off though, so it’s worth trying things out that in theory sound awful. It’s hard not to listen to negative opinions (generally from builders who don’t understand what you’re up to) and stick to your guns. If you’ve got an inclining that your strange idea will pay off then just try it.  
colourful Airbnb

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

A percolator. For the Airbnb I bought a new pod coffee machine firstly, but I’m not fan. So I bought a tiny little one cup coffee percolator on whim too. It’s the one item that has brought me constant joy through the process of doing the house up, and it makes the house smell pretty delightful too.
colourful home
colourful home
colourful home

If you’re just as in love with Rebecca’s home as we are, you can stay there – see the Airbnb link here  

Think your home would make the cut? Don’t be shy! Email us at info@topologylondon.co.uk

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