I love looking for inspiration from fellow interior bloggers, and how they’ve designed their space from scratch into literally a masterpiece. One of my favourite house renovations comes from Life at Number 63 – brought to life by Katherine Mannell.
Katherine is an illustrator but gained a diploma in Interior Design, and has previously worked in the industry.
Since moving into their house, almost six years ago, they have been busy renovating from top to bottom, adding a loft and kitchen conversion. During this time, some rooms were decorated more than once to “keep things fresh”.
Adopting a Scandi-style, with a bohemian and mid century modern flair, I can’t wait to see how they transformed it as she takes us on a tour…
WHO LIVES HERE: Katherine, her husband, two daughters, Ruby and Molly and their Cockerpoo Harry.
LOCATION: Epsom, Surrey, UK
PROPERTY: 1906 build
Lounge: My lounge is a smaller, more intimate room, mainly painted in Farrow and Ball ‘Railings’. I like how the dark walls envelop you and with just the lamps on, it’s a cosy space to relax in come the evening.
The working fireplace is also a favourite feature of this room.
My best buy in here were the Ikea shelves, so inexpensive and a great way to display some of my beautiful home wares.
Bathroom: This room is one of the most talked about on my Instagram page, as we installed sunny yellow metro tiles around the bath.
It is a happy, fun space which is what I was aiming for, as it is mainly used by the children. I used white and dark grey paint to compliment the bright tiles and it works really well. The wire unit provides an practical storage solution for all our bathroom essentials.
When we moved in, we could see lots of potential as there were some lovely original features and we have tried to make the most of these, even keeping the fireplace in the family bathroom when we converted it from a bedroom.
Bedroom: I love how peaceful and serene our bedroom is, tucked away in what used to be the loft.
This is also where I work on my drawings for my business ArtHouse Illustrations. It is an interesting U-shaped room, and I have embraced the boho trend here with hanging planters, white walls and textured soft furnishings.
Dining room: Another of my favourite rooms is the dining room. Here I went for a mainly monochrome scheme, but added a blush pink wall at the end which is absolutely beautiful.
The dining table was a bargain on eBay and I simply painted the legs white. The pendant light from Iconic Lights is one of my favourite items in the house, it’s a fabulous, eye-catching design and creates a lovely warm glow when switched on.
This room leads into our sunny galley-style kitchen. This area used to house a small kitchen and freezing cold bathroom – we knocked through to create one bigger living space which we can all enjoy together.
Kitchen: The kitchen is from Howdens and we chose white gloss as we wanted to bounce light around the room, which faces north.
This, coupled with a large picture window and velux in the roof makes it a lovely bright space.
I really love spending time in here baking with the children and watching my husband cook his delicious pasta dishes.
Some of the challenges were to do with structural issues when the builders were knocking through walls and the extra time this added onto both the loft and kitchen conversions. It’s all long forgotten now though, and it was all so worthwhile, as now we have a home we can be proud of!
Photo credits: Katherine Mannell
Special thanks to Katherine. Do check out her Instagram to see more of her amazing home and design inspiration!
Have you recently finished a home or room renovation/makeover? If you have and would like to share your masterpiece, I would love to hear from you.