So what’s on the cards for our latest Style Files house tour? Well let us introduce you to Sara Carlton. She lives with her boyfriend and their adopted cat in an 1800’s cottage, in a small village in the County Durham countryside. She currently works full time for a charity but outside of this really enjoys all things interior, art and design. You can tell by the unique home design that Sara used to study art, so buying this house – which was a complete renovation project – reignited her creative side. It’s a unique, eclectic, boho-esq home that definitely has us here at Topology feeling very inspired. Oh and if you’re wondering where the epic wall hangings are from, they’re Sara’s own creations! So scroll on down to reveal more of this boho house tour…
2. How would you define your style?
A mixture of industrial, bohemian and modern rustic styles.
3. What was the design process behind your home?
We renovated the whole house so were lucky to be able to create a space that we wanted from scratch. Having uncovered many original features like old ceiling beams and beautiful stone walls, we kept these features exposed to enhance the character of the cottage. Pinterest was useful for creating mood boards for ideas and inspiration for the interior decor. We chose mostly reclaimed and upcycled items including reclaimed floors and doors to maintain a rustic and relaxed feel.
4. What was your inspiration?
We were inspired by industrial decor and took inspiration from cool bars/cafes that we had visited and then tried to recreate this vibe throughout our home. Adding things like metal conduit, chipboard panels, reclaimed flooring, subway tiles, pendant lights helped us recreate this look. Also, keeping copper pipes and brick/stone exposed helped us to achieve some of these details.
5. What would be your advice to someone wanting to create a home like yours?
Don’t be scared to get creative and go along with your ideas. People thought we were mad when we started using metal conduit! But we love how it turned out. We weren’t sure the chalkboard wall or the chipboard wall would work out either but we went for it anyway. If things don’t work out as planned, that’s ok! Mix old with new. Most of our furnishings are reclaimed and upcycled – a great way to add personal touches to your home and also a more cost effective way of decorating. My favourite piece is our kitchen table which was from an auction – it’s battered and stained and full of wonderful character!
5. If you could only own one homeware item, what would it be?
A comfy sofa big enough for everyone to lounge on! Ours was one of our only splurges.