Stephanie Larbey of @thecheshiregreyhome opens the door to her wonderfully stylish home
We love following a renovation project with our Insta friends and Stephanie of @thecheshiregreyhome is one of our current favourites. Not only do we lust after her beautiful home, but we coo over her gorgeous baby boy, Theo, too. We spoke to Stephanie to find out more about her home…..
Who lives here
Stephanie and her husband, Will, and their son, Theo
Type of property
A semi-detached in Cheshire with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms
When did you buy the property and what attracted you to it?
We bought the house in April 2018 mainly because of the large garden and renovation potential. We started work on it as soon as we moved in, but took our time working on each room - we have only just finished the kitchen extension. This was our first renovation project and it was great to have a blank canvas for us to put our stamp on.
Take us through the changes you have made?
The house had a brown staircase and all the walls were the worst shade of magnolia! We started with the master bedroom and living room. We added panelling and chose grey tones with wooden accessories as we love how the wood and neutral colour complement each other. After being in the house for two and a half years we decided to extend the kitchen and dining room. This was our opportunity to really create the dream space we wanted for our family home. We extended 3.5m at the back of the house as we didn't want to lose too much garden and also extended along the side of the house to create a study and utility room.
If you were to start the project again, would you do anything differently?
We love the space we have created and took our time to make sure we got it right the first time. However, when we first moved in we rushed some of our paint choices so I would say always test the paint colours in each room before commiting.
What is your favourite room in the house?
Definitely the kitchen! I love cooking in it now as there is so much space and light. It makes me happy every time I walk into the space.
We love the way you style your rustic dining table. Where do you get your ideas from?
I'm always looking at Pinterest and Instagram for inspiration, but I just love natural colours and tones. Nature inspires me a lot too! I can spend ages 'faffing' to create different styles.
What is it that you like about rustic furniture?
I love that it's imperfect! Throughout the house I have used neutral tones and wooden furniture and accessories as they complement each other really well.
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