Hello, we are back with another beautiful home to share with you this week. Today's A Story of Home blog features the stunning monochrome home of Instagram's @eclectic_street aka Sam. And what a treat it is, clean lines, elegant styling and home to one of the gram's most beautiful dogs.
Pop the kettle on, take five and read all about the stories behind this weeks home.
I live in Nottingham with my partner of over 20 years or more (lost count), we have 2 boys, aged 8 and 10 and we have a giant fur ball…called Blue, the Weimaraner. Ohhh and my name is Sam:)
My career started in film and television where I started at the very bottom (working for free) in the Art Department as runner and progressed up the chain to become an Art Director. Building sets, dressing locations, graphics to making props and occasionally blowing up cars, working with demanding actors to trying to put a nappy on horse. The job was always unpredictable and bizarre at times. Fast forward to the present and I now have the pleasure of being a stay at home mum and work part time as an Interior designer.
How long have you lived here and what type of property is it?
Did you fall in love with your home instantly? What was the one feature that sealed the deal for you?
Unfortunately I did not get that fall in love feeling for the house. When we were looking for a home…the housing market was experiencing the biggest crash and nobody was putting their houses up for sale. We went for the best out the bunch. But I love ‘my home’ now:)
Had you mentally redecorated before moving in or did your scheme come together over a period of time?
The only vision I had was extending the back and knocking through, to make an open plan space. As we squirrelled our pennies to save up for the extension, the decorating/styling scheme changed from year to year. The rest of the house was put on hold. My style definitely evolved over time (because it took some time), but what time did was enabled me to refine my style and I now have the confidence to follow.
Where do you seek your inspiration?
My inspiration mainly comes from instagram and that occasional interior magazine. Am drawn to block colours with a graphic undertone.
What was the first job in your home you tackled?
The main target and mission was that extension. Lucky for us the house was tidy and decorated nicely…just not to my taste (easy to live with while we saved)
Were there any surprises during the revamp/renovation?
No surprises thankfully but I must say my main surprise was trying to get a builder to do the job at a reasonable price. Some of the quotes we got were mind blowing…i think they wanted us to pay for their new truck and their holiday to the Caribbean.
What do you think has been the most successful area of your interior?
The extension (i have to say that), the success was that we only added 2m x 2.5m but its made a massive difference and people cannot believe that’s all we added.
Are there any failures in your design/DIY that you care to admit to?
You have to have failures to succeed (insert laugh emoji) and I’ve had plenty. Sometimes you have to give it a go to see if it works…sometimes you win sometimes you lose. So let me leave you with flying ducks wallpaper in the guest room with the base colour of brown, didn’t look good:(
Which is your favourite room?
The boys bedroom and of course my extension
Do you have a favourite object in your home?
I love my plants but to single out an object I would say my bed. The bed has been in my husbands family for 125 years and its an heirloom and of course my favourite past time is sleeping.
Any golden nuggets of advice to share to anyone undertaking their own revamp/renovation, did you learn any lessons?
My golden nugget of advice is to watch the builders like a hawk, when a problem arises more often than not the builder will seek the easy solution but it won’t be the best design. We had two situations where this happened and thankfully I was present and was able to disappear and knock up a better design. Extra work for the builder (the builder rolls his eyes at this point) but you have to get the best result. Never be afraid to stop the build and rethink the possibilities as you can never go back.
Do you have anywhere in your home that doesn’t make it onto Instagram?
Ohhhhh I have loads…
My 80’s bathroom that reminds me of a caravan
My utility room
My front door/hallway, I call it my Skegness door…with its stain glass roses
I could go on…
What’s the next project you have planned?
My next plan is to do the Utility room and downstairs toilet.
Thanks you so much Sam for sharing your home stories with us. I love Sam's classic paired back styling and I'm such a sucker for a stylish monochrome home.
Sam is also one half of Insta due @2rebelbellas ( along with @keeleytara ) and last year they produced a beautiful book called " The Big I", exploring the inspiring interiors found on Instagram. Go read more about the book and check out the adventures of the 2 Rebel Bellas.
To follow the stories of Sam's home you can find her on Instagram at @eclectic_Street
Thanks for reading and see you next week for more home stories.
Bye for now