4 Corners Of My Home With Elise Whitfield

The latest edition in our interiors series “4 Corners Of My Home” is a behind-the-scenes look into Elise Whitfield’s property, documented on her Instagram account, @makemynewbuildpretty .
“We bought a new build house five years ago when I was pregnant with my daughter. My husband and I are passionate about period properties but the convenience of a new build meant it was the right move for us at the time. It remained a white box for some time, but now out of the baby phase, we have been able to slowly give our home some personality. I set up my Instagram page last year when we went into the first lockdown, to document the changes we were making to our home, and as a hobby to distract me in these crazy and difficult times. I have really enjoyed it and love meeting all the lovely community of like-minded interior obsessed folk along the way.”

1. Living room

Previously our living room felt bare, cold and grey. It might have been practical for when the kids were little but it wasn’t exactly a space you would want to relax in at the end of the day! So we decided to be brave adding some colour, and it’s completely transformed the room. The armchair is precious to me as it used to be my dad’s favourite chair. I decided to keep it and have it reupholstered in teal velvet, as a little memory of him, and it fits perfectly at home in this corner. We painted the walls half height in Farrow and Ball Hague Blue as it’s my favourite colour, and I just love sitting here seeing how it changes colour in different lights. This corner also houses my growing collection of colourful Observer books which my husband hunted out for me in our local bookshops. We also have two prints of our two most loved cities from Mapiful, which cleverly takes any postcode to create beautiful art prints for your home.

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2. The Rainbow Room

In sharing my home I think it would be silly to not include my favourite rainbow room! This is my daughter’s room and it’s the happiest corner of our house. We wanted to turn her room from a nursery into her dream bedroom, she asked for rainbows, and got rainbows! The fabulous wallpaper is from Eleanor Bowmer whose prints are just absolutely gorgeous and painted the room with pink scallops in Confetti by Little Greene. I like to support small independent stores where I can so I’ve managed to get some great kids homeware over the years. My favourite ones are “The Crashers” for their fabulous cushions, and “Retro kids” for all their bright, fun and colourful kids treasures, like our well-loved heart light. My favourite thing is to come into this room and see my daughter happily playing away in this corner – it’s just a perfect sight and so uplifting!

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3. The Ensuite

The third corner is our ensuite. We knew we wanted to change our ensuite as it felt very grey and bland but we didn’t have the budget to change everything in the room. So we decided to keep the bathroom suite, except for the shower unit along with a new shower from Drench. We kept some of the existing grey tiles, and decided to change the rest for something bold and bright, and what a difference it has made. It is now the brightest room in our house and a corner that is filled with light when we shower every morning. I love how the black and white tiles (Mandarin Stone) go with our existing grey tiles, but add something fresh and different to the room. And I love our little pop of yellow we decided to add last minute to create a space for our toiletries. This corner for me is one of my favourites as it’s a good reminder to just be brave and go with your gut when it comes to interiors. I was worried this look might be too much, but I’m so happy I trusted my instincts in the end and went for it.

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4.  The Kitchen

We have just recently completed work to change up the back of our house by adding in some sliding doors and knocking through the kitchen to the existing utility room. Again, we were working to a budget so made some changes without doing a complete renovation. We took the opportunity to add in some new pendant lighting (Swoon) over our breakfast bar, and change some of our kitchen doors to add some colour to a previously all-white kitchen (Howdens). My favourite thing about this corner of our home is our new tiles. I had for a while loved mosaic penny tiles as I had spotted them on peoples doorsteps and thought they looked so beautiful. So I thought why not use them on our kitchen wall. I contacted a company called Tile Fire who worked with us to design our personalised tile EAT mosaic. And what a difference this has all made to the space. Its now a corner of our home we can enjoy cooking in whilst the kids play, as well as place we can entertain friends and family. The kitchen has our own personality and is now our most used room in the house.

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