Home Tour- A New Build with a Unique Style
Buying a new build home allowed Lexi and her partner a blank canvas from which to design their dream home at No2 The Langsdon. Two years on and the Essex couple have truly put their mark on this unique property, blending Scandi, modern and classic styles with ease. We spoke to Lexi about what inspired her and their tasteful bathroom design.
Tell us a little bit about your interior style.
It’s difficult for me to think that I actually have a ‘style’ but I am a true believer that your interior style reflects you as a person. Whilst we opted for a classic light grey carpet and neutral floor tiles, I have subtly incorporated a few trends within our home - its good to be conscious of the fact that certain trends, just like fashion, change over time and date easily. It’s far more expensive to change interior styles than your wardrobe!
I have always said that every room in a house should be different and have their own story to tell. I have tried to make sure of this by adding colour, feature walls, accessories, a variety of furniture styles and mixed metals throughout. The two things I have noticed that I am drawn to is Scandinavian and industrial style furniture and these styles feature in most rooms.
Where do you look for interior inspiration?
I am always looking on Instagram for interior inspiration. I found a little community of house accounts who share pictures of their homes, latest finds and tips. I set up a house account to keep my interior inspiration separate to my personal account and it’s amazing how welcoming everyone was when I first set off on my little home insta journey!
Before Instagram I used to take inspiration from Pinterest but what with so many lovely users replying to comments it’s much easier to find out where things are from on Instagram.
I find it so much easier to take inspiration from real life homes. The homes you sometimes see in magazines look very impractical, like where’s the TV?!?
Your home was just recently completed, could you take us through the design process?
We purchased a new build property which was designed for us however we had the choice of a few different 4 bed properties on our development which were within our budget. The Langsdon really stood out to us because of the huge family kitchen diner. It’s such a lovely space to entertain guests and not only that, we have lovely french doors and floor to ceiling windows along one wall which let so much light in.
The thing I love about new builds is that they are a blank canvas. You get to pick everything from new such as the flooring, kitchen and bathroom. The downside is that you are advised not to wallpaper for up to a year in new builds to allow the house to settle. We saw a few other new build homes on Instagram that had wallpapered before the recommended time with no issue so we took the plunge an wallpapered after 4 months!
How did you go about designing your bathroom?
As we purchased a new build property, we were only given a selection of tiles, unfortunately none of which were to our taste! We decided to tile the bathrooms ourselves once we had moved in and purchase the tiles separately. Who knew that picking tiles is such a hard job?! We changed our mind hundred of times but stuck with our choice of grey metro tiles and a dark wood effect tile on the floor.
We didn’t see much point in re-designing the entire bathroom as the toilet and shower were brand new. Although, the one thing we did change was the sink. Our en-suite is a little on the small side and storage is essential in a bathroom you use everyday. We were on the hunt for bathroom storage ideas and come across a sink unit with storage from Roper Rhodes. It’s the Hampton in slate grey and I love that it’s classic, but modern. The doors are very much like the shaker doors everyone currently has in their kitchen and the colour and door knobs give it a modern edge. We still haven’t accessorised the en-suite yet, we’re looking for the perfect sized mirror to go on the small wall above the sink.
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What’s your favourite interior find?
Everyone loves a bargain and grabbing the last item before it goes out of stock, I luckily have had a few of these over the last few years. One of my favourite interior finds was our pouffe in the living room. It was a catch at £49.99 because it looks so much more expensive. I’ve had so many compliments about it from Instagram followers and visitors who have actually seen it in real life!
Three interior trends you love?
I’m loving how brave everyone is being with the ‘#styleitdark’ trend. Blacks, dark blues and greens have taken over my timeline on Instagram, from feature walls to painting the whole room! I totally understand people who aren’t keen on the idea but once you’ve entered the dark side, there’s no turning back and you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. So far we’ve styled it dark in our hallway, landing and en-suite.
We’re planning to put some panelling in the master bedroom which will be another room to become victim to the #styleitdark trend as we plan to paint it a shade of dark blue. It’s the last room in the house to properly decorate as nobody sees it. absolutely love that panelling works in every room, it particularly adds a touch of luxury to bathrooms (especially ones with freestanding baths!)
Faux plants. Plants, real or fake, generally add something to a room. Got an empty spot on the shelf? Add a faux plant. I’ve actually managed to keep three real plants alive and killed a few other along the way (oops!). In amongst the real, we have a a faux plant wall feature and a collection of faux plants dotted around the house. I seem to pick one up every time I go shopping!