As featured in Ideal Home Magazine

As featured in Ideal Home Magazine

Tuesday was a big day for me: the official release date of March's issue of Ideal Home Magazine and we were due to be in it!

Back in November, Lisa and Colin, our lovely stylist and photographer came and spent a day with us photographing the house (and occasionally us) and making everything look very beautiful. We have been waiting with anticipation since then for the big reveal and Tuesday was that day.

I bought the magazine in the afternoon, but when you're running around after a toddler there's just no time to sit down and have a look through a magazine (and I was nervous to be honest) so I waited until Joel was home and we had a look together. 

After a few nervous moments leafing through we finally found ourselves, right in the middle, with a lovely spread across 12 pages. At first I thought they'd chosen not to include any photos of us (oh dear, why not?!) until we found this lovely double-page spread right at the beginning:

This is Joel, Huck and me in the kitchen of the home we built ourselves. We have polished concrete floors, the kitchen cabinets are from Ikea but with custom-made doors by Matt Antrobus and Oak wrap-around worktops. It was tiled and fitted by the very clever Tim May

This is Joel, Huck and me in the kitchen of the home we built ourselves. We have polished concrete floors, the kitchen cabinets are from Ikea but with custom-made doors by Matt Antrobus and Oak wrap-around worktops. It was tiled and fitted by the very clever Tim May

Its fascinating what they chose to focus on for the article, and also the way the rooms were styled. I think it looks really lovely, although not always my taste, and quite a lot was added to make the rooms more in-keeping for the Ideal Home readership. Funnily, they didn't mention that we built the house after knocking down the bungalow that was here, but that is actually what happened in case you're wondering.

There's our 'wooden house'!

There's our 'wooden house'!

This is the sitting area in our kitchen (left) and our living room (right). In real life they look quite a lot like this, only with a far more toddler paraphernalia and far fewer cushions!

This is the sitting area in our kitchen (left) and our living room (right). In real life they look quite a lot like this, only with a far more toddler paraphernalia and far fewer cushions!

Here is our hallway and our guest bedroom which you can book to stay in via AirBnB

Here is our hallway and our guest bedroom which you can book to stay in via AirBnB

Our bedroom and ensuite and a little shot of Huck's room.

Our bedroom and ensuite and a little shot of Huck's room.

The room that looks most different is the master bedroom. We have it really quite minimal usually, which obviously wasn't going to work for the magazine who want a continuation of colour throughout the house. So Lisa and Colin had to work quite adding throws and cushions to tie it in with the other photos. Its nice but not really very 'me' so I've adjusted things in there since the shoot and this is how it looks now:

So there we are! We're in print, how exciting! If you've seen the article, let me know what you thought in the comments...

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My House: Living Room, Part #001

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