The Style Files No. 14a home to make Abigail Ahern inspired
It’s the beginning of a long bank holiday weekend and what better way to start than with your daily dose of home inspo with our Style Files hour tour post. This week we’ve got a corker for you. Think rich, deep hues to make Abigail Ahern swoon. We spoke to the lovely Lucy – an interior stylist whose juggling an interiors business with a busy family life as a mum of 3…
Her business ‘Make Me Loved’ started as a project up cycling furniture giving pieces a new lease of life, which turned into commissions and interior design projects. She also writes a blog about interiors and how to help make your space loved. When you take a look at her home, you’ll definitely want to get some of her advice…
What was the process for designing your home?
The design process behind our home has evolved organically. The renovation started out of a need for more space. Having triplets meant we rapidly out grew our old house and longed to be able to make a long-term family home. It was a derelict renovation project that took exactly a year. We extended the house, doubling it in size. Initially it was all painted white and slowly as time allowed and my taste and confidence has grown it has turned into something a little more dramatic with moodier colours.
How would you define your style?
I often think of it as a bit of everything I like, but I guess I’m always drawn to tradition with a rustic/glamorous spin! Always with something a little unexpected! Our home is completely not what you would expect. From the outside, it looks like a modest stone front farmhouse and inside it is so far from quaint, farmhouse style!
What would be your advice to someone who wants to create a home like yours?
You just need to muster a little bravery and take the plunge with the darkside (it is only paint and if you really don’t like it, you can change it). Never spend too much, almost everything in my home has been repurposed, swapped, upcycled or sourced super reasonably. This way allows you to always be experimental, and if something really grabs you by the heart strings you can justify splashing out a little bit.
How would you define your style?
rustic with a glamorous spin!
Whats the inspiration behind your home?
My inspiration comes from everywhere, from the bones of the house itself, to the outdoors! Living in the countryside means the seasons are much more obvious and the view from my kitchen window is largely a lot of grey sky with pops of colour from the planted fields around – much like my kitchen design at the moment! Ultimately the most important factor for me when designing any room or corner is that it is comfortable and inviting. Making a space where people want to sit and linger is always a priority!
If you could only own one homeware item what would it be?
If I could only own one homeware item it would be a Dyptique candle. The beautiful scents are a given but a candle is a multifunctional item offering light and ambience where ever I go!! My husband may disagree but I’m always after the comfort factor.
Money no object, where would your dream home be?
If money was no object my home would be a traditional Georgian house with very large windows to maximise the light but it would still be moody in places with unexpected surprises of pattern or objects! A comfortable, fun family home where you knew the owners didn’t take themselves too seriously!