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?). (and hey I just spelled that correctly, first time!). Rob kindly agreed to let me share some images of his Berkshire home on my blog, because I figured that if I can’t get enough of it, you’d probably enjoy it too – and his really is a house worth drooling over, isn’t it?
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…