Hi Holly, can you tell us a bit about yourself?
I’m 26 years old, and live in Woodbridge, Suffolk which is where I grew up as a child. I studied interior design in London and moved back home after. I live with my partner Ben and sons Jenson (11 months old) and our newborn, Beau.
What do you as a family love to get up to?
We are so lucky where we live to have such a wide range of things to do. We live near the coast and there are plenty of lovely seaside towns to visit. Aldeburgh and Orford being our favourites. Now Jenson is getting a little more aware of his surroundings, we like going to Jimmys Farm, or going for walks along the river in the town we live in.
What was most important to you and your partner, Ben when you built and designed your family home together?
We both wanted somewhere that we could call home. Both of us were house owners previously but never owned somewhere that felt suited to us. Ben is a lighting designer and owns his own building company ‘Birch Homes’ I was an interior designer before I fell pregnant with Jenson so together we made quite a good team.
We both wanted somewhere that felt contemporary and minimal (I can’t stand clutter) , yet had a homely feel to it. We didn’t want it to feel like a ‘show home’, we have one room that is out of bounds to the children and the rest of the house is theirs. It was important for us to get the balance right, as I don’t believe you should have to sacrifice having a beautiful home just because you have young children.
Did you have a theme in mind when decorating your children’s bedrooms?
After discovering Instagram I got inspired to decorate jensons room in monochrome rather than a typical “baby blue” nursery. There is nothing wrong with that, but I feel this room suits him and us much more. It was a case of finding certain pieces I liked, and then working the room around them. The cross tent from Peachy Baby and the mint harlequin wallpaper from Ferm Living were the first pieces I found and it went from there.
With Beau’s nursery I wanted to do something different, so instead of monochrome the colour scheme is white and grey with natural wood.
My favourite pieces in his nursery are the cats and boys grid fitted cot sheet , Gunnar florning wooden elephant and the Miffy nightlight from Cissy Wears.
What room tends to get the most use in your house?
Our kitchen is the hub of the home, it’s the biggest room and in the centre of the house. Downstairs is open plan so the play room and lounge are joined either side of it. We have bifold doors at the back the width of the house so in the summer when these are open, the courtyard feels like an extension of our home.
Lastly, what’s currently on your wish list?
Thanks so much Holly for sharing your little ones’ bedroom with us! You can follow Holly’s gorgeous IG account here.
Doll – studio escargot
Miffy lamp & Cloud cushion – Cissy Wears
Penguin and rabbit – oyoy
Elephant – Gunnar florning
Teardrop cushion – stories for autumn
Pierrot doll – the velvet egg
Blanket – fine little day
Blanket (used as fitted sheet) – Jamie Kay
Cushion – pinch toys
Print – eef lillemor
Garland & Print – velveteen babies
Rabbit – le train fontome
Wallpaper – ferm living
Be you print – miniwilla
Bandit girl poster – mini and maximums
A frame cross tent – peachy baby
Dolls – lucky boy Sunday
Garland – piccolo studio
Name tag – Clara ivy
Customised Russian Kokeshi dolls – sketch inc
Bed linen – beau loves
Blanket – farg form
Bear print – pax and hart
Apple dolls house – rock and pebble
Mickey Mouse – artoyz
Car – kiko kukkia
Snowball – Cissy Wears