When I was searching for my first house a year ago, I had big dreams – dreams that were bigger than my budget. Victorian terraces with creaky floorboards, original doors and high ceilings, or perhaps a country cottage with yellow stone and a front garden. I’d (literally) spent years building perfect Pinterest boards, and it wasn’t until I started house viewing for real that I realised those images on Pinterest depend on one thing: beautiful architecture. If you don’t have double height ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows and exquisite architrave, it’s hard to replicate that ‘Pinteresty’ look.
So here I am now, 6 months on, writing this post in a three-storey ‘town house’ that’s 12 years old. It’s magnolia, modern and totally devoid of architectural features. But despite all of that, I love it: it’s my castle! It’s not the ‘dream house’ I’d planned in my imagination (nor my Pinterest boards), but it’s mine and I can lock the front door behind me and hang whatever I want on the walls.
Still, it doesn’t stop me trying to make it look the way I want it to. I’ll share some photographs of it soon, but in the meantime I want to show you a house that’s inspired me for a really long time. Rob Bentley is a guy I’ve followed on Instagram for a year or two, and he’s a Graphic Designer with the kind of feed that makes you wonder why he doesn’t have more followers. (Algorithms, hey?). Rob kindly agreed to let me share some images of his Berkshire home:
What do you think? Whose home do you find yourself longing for? Follow Rob on Instagram at @realrobbentley.
p.s Somewhere else I get interior inspiration from…