Welcome to our latest interiors post, "A Story of Home" has something a little different to share. Our home owner this week has just begun his renovation journey and as such not many of the rooms are completed, but the rooms that have been done offer such inspiration we couldn't resist sharing them with you. Guaranteed to give you styling inspiration and ideas.
We welcome Thomas aka @luxuriellis_home_interior_ who gives us a "story so far" peek around the home he shares with boyfriend Nic and Laborador Kobi. Thomas has an incredible eye for styling, texture & colour, so pop the kettle on an enjoy a cuppa and a snoop around the interesting and stylish corners of this weeks home story.
How long have you lived here?
We moved into our first home in November, perfect time for Christmas - like Christmas had come early for us!
Did you fall in love with your home instantly? What was the one feature that sealed the deal for you?
My boyfriend saw it on Rightmove, he showed it to me and I wasn’t interested - I want to go for a city terrace home with old floor boards with original features, you know! When I saw the house had a walled garden well, that's what did it for me
Had you mentally redecorated before moving in or did your scheme come together over a period of time?
We already decided to go to the dark side but we felt like we needed to live in the house to see how we wanted the lay out worked.
Where do you seek your inspiration?
Of course the queen of the dark side Abigail Ahern. The moment my partner showed me her home, I knew straight away I wanted to go to the dark side but also I get a lot of inspiration from my Insta pals i.e nestninanest, jazzierre, mydarkhome_ suszie_saunders and bo_decor, the list continues. Also Pinterest is good too, which I sometimes have a good nosey at but we also create our own ideas too.
What was the first job in your home you tackled?
The hallway, we’ve changed it so many times already that it’s on it’s second colour paint already (we might as well buy shares at B&Q)
Were there any surprises during the revamp/renovation?
Not at the moment but i'm sure there will be once we tackle more renovation
What do you think has been the most successful area of your interior?
That’s a tricky one as we’re only at the start of our renovation but it has to be the hallway so far
Are there any failures in your design/DIY that you care to admit to?
When we first moved in i wanted a dark hallway and dark green dining room but the more we lived with it, we realised it just didn’t flow. The hallway was so small, the dark walls just didn’t work for us! So we’ve now gone for a light grey from Farrow and Ball which makes the room feel bigger and railings in the hall way.
Which is your favourite room?
It has to be the living room as you can probably guess by my Instagram
Any golden nuggets of advice to share to anyone undertaking their own revamp/renovation, did you learn any lessons?
Stick to similar colours and figure out which colours work and flow for you. Don’t go to matchy matchy and if you ever decide to go to the dark side always have a lot of light ie floor lamps, candles and decor which catches your eye with colour.
Do you have anywhere in your home that doesn’t make it onto Instagram?
I hate to admit it but lots, there’s only 3 rooms at the moment which I’m sharing
What’s the next project you have planned?
The kitchen as we’ve gone for the industrial look which I can’t wait to share with you guys
Thank you Thomas for sharing your home with us. I am a huge fan of the dark yet colourful, layered home Thomas has created so far, can't wait to see how the rest of the rooms develop - perhaps we could all come back and catch up with the progress in a Grand Designs style "Revisited"
Follow Thomas's home stories on Instagram at @luxuriellis_interior_home_