In our new ‘Spotlight On…’ post series we’ll be discussing the adventures (and misadventures!) in interior decor with some of Instagram’s most influential posters and bloggers. We’ll be asking them all about their own home renovation experiences, what it was like, what inspired them and what they most enjoyed about this often rewarding, sometimes daunting, experience.
In the first of these posts, we’re speaking to…
One of the shining lights of the ‘Instagram home’ scene, @housetohomeatlast (AKA Danielle Dixon) started sharing pictures of her renovation adventure back in March 2017, although she and her husband had begun the renovation a year previously. With every passing month there have been more pictures and more amazing stories of the transformation taking place inside this beautiful home and we’ve enjoyed watching the progress along with tens of thousands of other followers.
Danielle’s blog, which you can find here, was begun shortly after Danielle created her Instagram account and provides loads of insights into not just her process, but her life and family too. Her eloquent and charming writing earned her a nomination for the Amara Interior Blog Awards for 2018, so we’re thrilled to have had the chance to ask her a few questions…
Q: Your blog is fab, we love it – and so do the team at Amara it seems! How did you feel when you found out you were nominated for the award?
Completely shocked at first. It’s still so surreal to think that people even read my blog let alone nominate me. I’m excited to see how things go in the next stages.
Q: Your followers on Insta know how much you love grey interiors, and that’s bang on trend right now too. Do you think it’s a trend that’ll stick around?
I’m hoping so, all the mix of whites and greys is so fresh and clean looking, I couldn’t imagine having my home any other way now.
Q: What’s your favourite room after the renovation?
This is a hard one as I love a few for different reasons, but I’d probably say the sitting room. It’s exactly how I imagined and its so cosy on an evening, I think the tv feature wall completes the room.
Q: What was your favourite, or most rewarding, room to decorate?
The kitchen I think as it required the most work. People who saw our old kitchen never imagined it could look like it does now with the wall removed. It was a big job but one that has made such a difference.
Q: What are your design inspirations?
I like to visit showhomes for inspiration and also the home accounts on Instagram, but I do use a lot of my own ideas. When we renovated our home I knew I wanted white and grey and I shopped about until I found the right things I needed for the house. I find inspiration from lots of shops too.
Q: Did any of the rooms prove problematic to make over?
Thankfully we were really lucky and didn’t have any major issues with any of the rooms. It was quite stress free and I loved doing it.
Q: Which blinds from our collection have you used and where, and what’s been your experience with them?
Nearly every window in the house has the white Venetian blinds.
These are my favourite style of blinds for both the look on the inside and from the outside of the house, they add so much character to the windows.
I was so impressed with the quality and for the price I couldn’t image going anywhere else. They were really easy to install and the turnaround time was really quick.
Q: Any top-tips for your fellow renovation adventurers?
Take your time and don’t try and take on too much at once. We just went room by room and tried to not turn the house complete upside down so we could still live in while the work went on. Just enjoy it and take lots of photos of the progress, it’s always so nice to look back on how far you’ve come.
Q: You said in your blog that the master bedroom was your last room to renovate – do you have any more makeover projects planned?
We only have a downstairs toilet to renovate and the whole house is finished. I’m itching to start something else and I don’t think we’ll be moving any time soon so I’m starting to look for other options.