It's probably the biggest project we ever contemplated, and it's actually happening. Over the next few months we'll be moving into one side of a traditional Sussex farmhouse. On the other side live my in-laws ... and no, I'm not crazy (in case you were wondering). It'll be FINE. We're going to rent our house from my husband's parents and work the nine acres of land to earn our keep. I'm finally going to learn how to garden - it's easy right? Right?

The first step is going to be scraping the house back to it's bones to see what sort of a state it's in under all those layers of cigarette-yellowed paint. I've got half an ear on that. I'm paying attention. I'll help where I can. But anyone who follows me on Pinterest can surely tell that this lady's all about the decor. This house, loyal blog readers, is my Everest. 

I give you, the house that style forgot...


Even Maynard's depressed about the state of his new abode.

So I've spent the morning scouring Pinterest in search of inspiration. Actually that's a big fat lie, because I've spent the last few months glued to Pinterest with this house in mind. I'm really lucky that I get to spend my working days surrounded by beautiful decorative art in a house with exudes a particularly creative approach to the domestic interior. I'm very into colour, as you had perchance noticed, and this is especially true when it comes to my taste in furnishings. The trick, I have learned, when it comes a bright or enthusiastic use of colour (I'm being kind on myself here), is to use a muted base colour which reigns in the other colours and prevents them from overwhelming the entire palette. At both Charleston Farmhouse and Monk's House, the occupants used a very pale grey whitewash or a soft green to tie the vibrancy of the interiors together. 

Monk's House

Monk's House

Now, obviously I'm no Bloomsbury creative, and my house is never ever in a million years going to look like that, but I think there is a way to apply this clever use of colour in a contemporary setting. Again, I've turned to Pinterest for inspiration. 

So join me if you will, as I take on the 1980's house of horror and try to create a warm and welcoming family home in the countryside. And if you have any tips or advice, speak now! My ears are well and truly open.