A Story of Home - @Artynads

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Today we take a tour of one of my favourite homes on Instagram owned by the lovely Nadia aka @artynads. Nadia's home is filled with dark luxurious rooms, bold patterns, beautiful styling and her kitchen dinning space has a real wow factor.


So put you feet up, have a cuppa and read the story of this weeks home. 

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Meet Nadia aka @artynads

House Bio:

My name is Nadia and I’m an Essex girl living in Leicester. I live with my husband Mark and my two sons Isaac and Lucas.


How long have you lived here and what type of property is it?

We have lived here for nine years and the property is a four bed semi-detached.

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Did you fall in love with your home instantly? What was the one feature that sealed the deal for you? 

Yes, I did fall in love with the house immediately, as soon as the door opened and a saw the the hallway. Even though it was heavily decorated with flowery wallpaper, floating shelves and heavy curtains, I knew it could look good. However, the garden is pretty big and that did put me off!


Had you mentally redecorated before moving in or did your scheme come together over a period of time?

A bit of both. I’m sure when most people first view a home they love, they lay in bed at night imaging what could be done to it. I think when you actually move to your new home reality and budget hits and the vision in your head can sometimes be different, plus i think living in a space and knowing how it works for your family eventually has the final say on most decoration, alterations and extensions. But its fun to daydream in that initial excitement.

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Where do you seek your inspiration?

Pinterest mainly. I don’t like most interior magazines. I always think they’re six months behind and I’ve seen it all before. But I think I have a style and know what I like and what works with what’s already in my home, so my home gives me the inspiration for the next project.


What was the first job in your home you tackled?

The first job that was tackled was that flowery wall papered hallway. My husbands’ father is a retired painter and decorator so I got him straight on the job the day after we moved in. Stripping, adding lining paper and painting to give us a blank canvas. The first job I did myself was the living room. Another room full of large printed flowery wallpaper. I needed a solution fast and stripping that room wasn’t in the budget so I thought I’d paint over the wallpaper. I went to the paint shop and picked out the darkest colour I could find, which was a lovely dark brown called Rum Caramel from Dulux which looked like poo in the tin! But I knew it would cover the wallpaper in a couple of coats. As soon as I painted it on I loved it and what was supposed to be a temporary paint job is still there today nine years later.

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Were there any surprises during the revamp/renovation?

I can’t think of any surprises as such but I do remember when we had the kitchen extension built, along with a new roof and garage built that I was surprised at the amount of decisions that had to be made every day. It felt quite exhausting and sometime overwhelming. 


What do you think has been the most successful area of your interior?

Probably the kitchen extension. We doubled the area to 35ft by adding a dining area to the end of the kitchen. I think that part was successful because not just because of the size increase and the convenience of a large dining area but because I came up with an idea of a built in seating area. I kept looking at the space and thinking I didn’t want to have a table and chairs ‘floating’ and wanted the area to be a continuation of the space, not just by using the same flooring or same paint colour but something else too. One evening I came up with the idea of making our own built in seating and me and Mark made it happen. It’s become a great entertaining space and having a built in seating means you can fit loads of people round the table, especially at Christmas.

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Are there any failures in your design/DIY that you care to admit to?

This house, I don’t think so. This is our third house so maybe I’ve learnt from a few disasters in my two previous homes. There were definitely a few dodgy colour combinations there. In my last house in the early 2000’s I painted my whole hallway and landing gold!! That was a disaster, I love gold, always have, but even that was too much for me! I stayed up till 5 in the morning painting over it just in case I died in my sleep and mourners would visit my home and think I had terrible taste in décor, ha, ha!


Which is your favourite room?

Probably our front from. We made a conscious decision not to put a telly in there. We also added a log burner to which was an open fireplace as well as shelves either side of the chimney breast and a gallery wall. We’re quite set back from the road so It’s a really cosy quiet room. Its north facing so is always cool in summer and toasty with the fire burning in the winter. Accompanied with music and my favourite blue velvet sofa, what’s not to love. 

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Do you have a favourite object in your home?

This changes all the time, normally its always my latest purchase. I’m not a very sentimental person so don’t have anything around from years ago that was passed down etc.

Any golden nuggets of advice to share to anyone undertaking their own revamp/renovation, did you learn any lessons? 

Don’t over think the space. I personally don’t do mood boards; I don’t collect too much inspiration form Pinterest because you can get overwhelmed and then never start. Don’t try and think you need everything looking great all at once. You’ll probably be in your home for a while, let it evolve, that’s when the uniqueness and personality of rooms will happen.

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Do you have anywhere in your home that doesn’t make it onto Instagram?

My boys rooms. Its their space and id rather not show everyone that. I rarely show my bedroom. It’s a really nice room but the room isn’t very big and its really hard to photograph.

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What’s the next project you have planned? 

To move house. I’ve had the house a valued and keep thinking about putting it up for sale but I just can’t find anything I like so far on Right Move, so currently I’m going through a snag list. You know, the jobs that should have been done nine years ago!

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Thank you Nadia for sharing your gorgeous home with us. I absolutely love Nadia's use of a limited colour palette throughout her home which creates such a dramatic scheme from room to room.


If you want to follow more stories from Nadia home you can find her on Instagram  as @artynads


Thanks for reading, until next week and another story from another home.

Bye for now 

Sharon x

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Comments: 1
  • #1

    Emilia Potera (Wednesday, 01 April 2020 22:22)

    Gosh, we have very similar taste! Greetings from Poland