19 Dec 2016

A Look Around Our New House, Part One

Our homeware + furniture is a mixture of old + new; bar stools + chair by IKEA, coffee mugs by Lane + Slow Brew Club, copper coffee set via Not-Another-Bill + cushions by COSxHAY. The living space + kitchen has been renovated into one large room, with an exposed wall at one end (could be a great area for a dining room table) and an open space which overlooks the garden at the other.

Read on more below!

The antique Drop Leaf table was a gift from Hollie's parents + we inherited the wooden sewing machine table (used as a record player stand) from an elderly neighbour. 

adidas Track Pants + Stan Smiths c/o Scotts

We bought a house! We've been in our new place for a couple of weeks, and while we're starting to put our own stamp on the place, it oddly still feels a little bit like we're on holiday. It's a weird feeling but I guess it's because we just don't have that much of our own stuff in there yet. 

It's been a stressful experience - filled with many late nights and super early morning (why do IKEA insist on delivering at 7am on a Sunday!?) sure, but in terms of the buying the process it wasn't too crazy. The whole mortgage situation with me working as a full time freelance was a tricky situation, but I'll leave that for another post! 

The past two weeks have been filled with early morning DIY routines, builders tramping through the house on a daily basis, and getting on first-name-terms with the dogs in our new neighbourhood. All fuelled by endless pours.

So, let's take a nose around!

 The Christmas tree was up before the bed was in...

Leather key wrap by Campbell Cole

 Most things in our living room are borrowed, including the IKEA sofa + tables

Between us we both have quite a lot of antiques, oddments and collectables so we decided to by a display cabinet. Hollie choose this bright yellow and glass one! Most of the antiques - like the ceramic dog collection - has been passed down through the family.

I'm sure with my collection of Bearbricks, wrestling figures, vintage toy cars + Americana bits it will be full in no time.

The bedroom literally has nothing in it other than a bed frame and mattress at the moment. Due to the lack of blinds / curtains we've improvised by tacking up A4 paper to the windows. It look us a while to decide on a bed frame, torn between wooden and metal, but in the end we bought this copper frame by MADE.

The mattress was very kindly gifted to us by British brand SleepBear. We've been using their King Size mattress since we moved it - it was my first time sleeping on memory foam - but it's totally changed my sleeping habits, for the better. As we've haven't been using it for very long I feel I need to give it another couple of weeks before I can do full review, but so far so good!

The "SleepBear" name piqued by curiosity too; the brand is an official supporter of Polar Bears International, with a percentage of the proceeds going directly towards the conservation of these beautiful animals. SleepBear's mattress range starts at £399.

The bathroom and office are both a work-in-progress, so there's not much to see as yet. But up to now my Dan Marc Study Desk + Anglepoise x Paul Smith lamp are working great together! Leather accessories c/o Bellroy and morning routines with Aesop skincare.

And that's your lot for now. We've still got a few rooms to cover - mainly the spare room, bathroom, office, garage and the garden - but I'm going to leave that for Part Two. The office is going to be something I want to concentrate on, as I plan to spend a lot of time in there, so I might even find a way to document that separately.

So what do you think so far? I'd love to hear your thoughts and if you have an interior design recommendations or favourite interior blogs / websites!


  1. It's lovely Mat and Hollie!!! Enjoy!

  2. Shaun Donnelly12:06

    Exposed brick. Copper. Hay Cushion. Eames & Le Corb influences. That Dan Marc study desk! Ticks all the boxes Matt.

    You should check out String Shelving for the office. Loads of cool configs on Instagram #stringshelving

  3. Zack Post16:07

    Everything looks amazing!

  4. The new place is shaping up nicely Mat, you and Hollie must be very happy with the space. I can't wait to see the continued progress and then eventually, the finished product! J

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  5. Thanks my man! Oh, and is this your first comment on here?

  6. Thanks Jman, that's nice of you. We're only a week it, and on the flip side a lot of things are a building site but we're making it look nice and neat

  7. Zack Post18:44


  8. Thank you for stopping by, Ann.

  9. Thanks Shaun, tar for stopping by. Dan's desk is my favourite and most used bit of furniture, the design is so good. He's a talented fella. I've seen those on IG actually, and you've just reminded me to check them again!

  10. Lovely digs! Nice, bright, clean, and welcoming! Enjoy and congrats

  11. Joey Waller17:34

    Looks amazing Mat! Very spacious and bright! Congratulations!

  12. Old Fashioned Susie14:32

    Congrats on the new home! Got to love Ikea for basics right!

  13. Congratulations on the new house! It's beautiful! And that copper bed, oh my gosh it's perfect. I may need to get it for myself, too!

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