A Story of Home - @nido_uk

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It will come as no surprise to regulars of the blog that this weeks house is one of my favourites on Instagram. We've got dark decor, period features, lots of herringbone wood and a home owner with a house plant obsession.


This weeks home story comes from @nido_uk aka Hayley - an NHS consultant psychiatrist by day and interiors obsessive by night. Grab a cuppa and lets have a snoop of this gorgeous home. Over to you Hayley...

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House Bio: 

My name is Hayley, doctor by day and interiors obsessive by night! I live with my husband and our two children who are 9yrs & 6yrs. We have a trio of Chinese silkie chickens and a jungle of house plants. 


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

We have lived in this detached, double fronted Victorian house for 5 years. It’s in the middle of a large village in Sussex 


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

We were looking to move closer to our families as our children were nearing school age and we wanted to settle in a long term/forever property. We looked a quite a few places but when we saw this place we knew it would be amazing. It needed (and still does need) a lot of work having not been touched for about 20 years. It did have beautiful ‘bones’, awesome original features and good amounts of space. 



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

I mentally redecorate everywhere I go so this place was no exception and partly why it was so frustrating that the purchase took so long to complete. There was so much to do and every room has been either completely renovated or is just about to be! It’s taken a long time as it’s a big house and we have a small budget and do most of it ourselves.  

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Where do you seek your inspiration?

All the usual places such as Instagram and Pinterest but I also love pattern so get a lot of inspiration from period properties/museums. I particularly love William Morris and a mix of Victorian and mid century- it sounds a crazy combination but I think it works! 

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What was the first job in your home you tackled?

We did all the bedrooms- it’s a very old house so does not have cavity walls so it’s hard to insulate. All the bedrooms were knocked back to brick and plaster-boarded with insulated plasterboard by my husband ready to get skimmed by a plasterer. We wanted to do it properly first time round so subsequent re-decoration was quicker and easier to do. 


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Were there any surprises during the revamp/renovation?

We found messages from the previous decorator who papered the walls in the early 1950’s.  



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

The kitchen definitely gets the most wows! It was originally 3 rooms and a large conservatory. It was a major build to make it into one open space and renovate one of the garages into a utility/boot room and a shower room. The kitchen is very large and opens on to a big wrap around deck with 7 metres of bifolds so it’s totally different to the tiny  dark galley kitchen we had before 

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

I wish we had been bolder with the floor. I got talked out of having a large parquet floor in favour of having something more classic. Now I never listen to anyone and go with my heart!! 


Which is your favourite room?

I love the boot room - I designed it all myself and my husband made it. It’s both beautiful and super practical. I’m lucky that he’s so handy as we would never have been able to afford for a joiner to make it fit us. 

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Do you have a favourite object in your home?

My vintage tiled coffee table is one of my favourite things. It was my grandmothers and I remember it from being little and rolling marbles around the patterns. It’s a beautifully piece and I’ve recently found out it was bought from heals - I now have a whole new level of respect for my grandparents and how cool they were. This must have been a crazy purchase as the rest of their house was all antiques. I’d have loved to have asked them more about this coffee table any why they bought it. A lot of my furniture has a story behind it  

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

Loads! Currently we are doing an extension to put in some en-suites as the only bathroom we have upstairs is tiny and has not been renovated. We are also redoing the spare room which was never properly done and there are plans for the cellar 

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What’s the next project you have planned?

Finishing the build which will give us two dressing rooms and 2 en-suites. Both bedrooms will need to be redone and the family bathroom is also high on the list. 

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Thank you Hayley for sharing your home with us. I absolutely adore Hayley's open plan ground floor which is spacious yet cosy. I have to make a special mention of all the herringbone throughout her home. Having purchased a reclaimed floor to use in the sitting room, Hayley instead used the floor to create the dining table, coffee table, headboard and a bench - brilliant idea which created some truly bespoke furniture.


One feature of Hayley's home which cant go by without a mention is her inspired outdoor kitchen - an image of which saw Hayley crowned as a regional winner in the Anglian Home "Styled by You" awards 2019.

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Just a bit envious of this fabulous outdoor space! Thanks again for sharing Hayley


Thanks for stopping by the blog, more home stories next week

Bye for now

Sharon x

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