Real Rooms: A Home for Life

This morning I have a slightly different Real Home to share with you but no less valid. Much of my interiors inspiration before I had my own home came from watching my parents and later my Mum renovate and decorate the (several) houses I grew up in, so Sarahs submission of her parental family home really struck a chord with me. That and the stylish interiors that still clearly represent a homely family set up. As much as I love style and design, a home must first and foremost be lived in and this home achieves that, along with an aura of love as Sarah so beautifully conveys. Enjoy readers!

I lived at home with my parents, sister and brother until the day I got married. My now husband and I knew that if we wanted the wedding of our dreams, a house together would need to wait so we decided to stay with the folks until this day and save like mad. I’ll not lie, this was tough towards the end, however, some of my best memories are those spent in our family home. It was the happiest, safest, loveliest place in the world. A place where we grew up, laughed, cried, fought, socialised, joked and danced in – a lot!! A place where we spent long hours over cups of tea/glasses of wine/the dining table, chatting with friends, relatives and each other. A well lived-in house!

Due to a mixture of recent circumstances – my sister and I moving out a couple of years ago, my brother finishing school and my dad not being well, My mum and dad made the difficult and wise decision to sell the house and downsize. So about 3 months ago, our lovely home had a big “For Sale” sign outside and was now available for all the world to see. Not surprisingly, the house sold the following day and since then, we’ve been trying to get used to the fact that another lovely family will grow, laugh, cry, fight, socialise, joke and dance in this house. As a family, we are all looking forward to the new beginnings and making the new house a place for future memories, but it will always be difficult to say goodbye to this one. And so, I thought I would send you some pictures as some kind of tribute to our home, which will no longer be ours come the 17th August.

You will see from the pictures that it is a very different style to other houses Rebecca has featured so far. I wouldn’t say it had a particular style trend but more a traditional vs modern look which worked really well in a Victorian home. Although it was never “finished” as such (there was always something needing changed or updated again) we are all really fond of it and for us, it just worked. My dad has worked in design and kitchen design in particular all of his working life (bear in mind the kitchen in this house was done about 15 years ago!) and he is a complete genius when it comes to aesthetic design and homely interiors. I am so proud of him. The house really is a credit to my amazing mum and dad who really have put their all into making it a safe and comfortable, gorgeous haven for us all to live in. And for that I feel so lucky.

Readers do leave a comment if you enjoyed this home tour and I hope it inspires some of you out there to share your renovation projects with us here at Florence Finds. I’m certainly feeling inspired by the gorgeous bedroom and the classic yet eclectic lounge. Send in your submissions to with the subject box marked SUBMISSIONS.


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19 thoughts on “Real Rooms: A Home for Life

  1. What a beautiful house, we actually bought our families house! My parents were moving and we were looking so it kind of made sense. Although sometimes it doesn’t feel like ‘ours’.

  2. What an awesome house! Sarah I understand why it’ll be difficult to say goodbye, my parents decided to downsize about 5 years after I moved out and it was like they’d told me someone in the family had died. Eventually their plans changed and selfishly, I’m glad! I know one day I’ll have to suck it up and let to though, so my heart goes out to you.

    On another level I understand why it’s hard to let go – that house is gorgeous. I want that lounge! The speakers, sideboard and striped sofa made me palpitate a little bit! Yummy!

    Great inspiration on a day when I’m exhausted from painting my bomb site of a house until 1am after work while my husband stands at the gates of the Olympic park all night… not the romantic visions or homemaking I had in mind for our great “upsize” when I put the flat on the market. Gah!

    Sarah, I suspect that the home you make with your husband will be equally as gorgeous and you will continue the cycle of beautiful home making for your own future family! Good luck, be strong on the 17th August and keep us posted! 🙂


    • Aww! Thank you Victoria! That’s really kind of you!

      The things we do for a nice home eh! I’m sure yours will be lovely when complete and worth all the effort and late nights that went into it.

      Sarah x

  3. Sarah, what a beautiful home. I actually had a little cry as you sum up so well what a family home is all about. Even the photos show how much atmosphere your house has.

    I agree with Victoria – that lounge looks sooooo stylish and v v comfy.

    It will be sad to leave but you have your memories to take with you and inspiration for making a family home yourself.

    Anna x

    • Thank you Anna! How nice! I could cry myself looking at the pictures and knowing its no longer ours! But you are right – our memories will continue in the new house and I’m sure it will be lovely too! 🙂

      Sarah x

  4. Gorgeous! It looks like you could really ‘live’ there if you know what I mean? I love the sofas and the bathroom the best I think!

  5. What a gorgeous family home. I love the mix of old and new; modern sofas alongside antique furniture.

    It must be heartbreaking to say goodbye but your memories will last forever!


  6. Sarah, your family home is so beautiful and full of character!!
    I adore the living areas, and your parents bedroom ~(if it is theirs?) they are so spacious and light!!

    Like you said a new family is about to embark on their own journey in your old house and hopefully have many happy years ahead.

    It is the sort of house I would love to live in, we would love to find our own forever home and start creating lifelong memories in it. This inspires me to not give up and to believe it is out there somewhere and one day will be ours! x

  7. Wow – I didn’t realise this was going to be posted today and what a lovely surprise to see the house on my facebook feed this morning!

    Can I just say thank you to Rebecca for featuring this. I wasn’t too sure if it was something that people would even be interested in but it so lovely to hear all your kind words.

    My husband and I actually leave to go on holiday tomorrow (booked before the house sold) which means we won’t be in the country when the keys are officially handed over on the 17th So, tonight will be my very last time in the house! Thank you Rebecca for posting this today – a very well timed and fitting tribute to our family home.

    Thank you also for the lovely comments – it means a lot!

    Sarah x

  8. No thank *you* Sarah for sharing! As I said in my email to you, it really pulled at my heart strings after going through a similar ‘break up’ with my favourite childhood home when I was at uni. I still miss it!

    Things I love about this home and am inspired by…
    The colourful modern artwork throughout that that pops up on every wall and propped up on various surfaces too.
    The dark wood.
    The stripy sofa.
    The hallway. I would kill for a hallway like that 🙂


    PS The timing was no co-incidence Sarah 🙂

    • Haha – I thought so Rebecca! You are very sweet! Although you did manage to bring a tear to my eye…and I think also my dad’s!! 🙂

      Glad you like the house! Funny you mentioned the artwork…my mum has said to my sister and I each to take one of the big paintings in the lounge (the bluey one or the pinky one) I have no idea which to choose…I feel another fight coming on between my sister and I tonight! 🙂


      • Good luck choosing!

        Sarah I’d love to know where your parents purchased the art they have – there seems to be lovely modernist oil paintings throughout. I’m looking for some art right now so if they have any tips I’d love to hear them!

        (Another similarity here – my parents have quite a collection of art – my Dad used to win vouchers for making his targets etc that they used for Art. It’s not as consistent as yours but varied and somehow ‘works’, no matter what house we have lived in!)

        • Rebecca – sorry for the delay! Just back from holidays and have been catching up on FF!! 🙂

          My parent have collected their art for years. My dad used to paint as a hobby (although none are actually his own) but he has always had a keen interest in art and so has been to quite a few art exhibitions in his time and I guess they built up their collection bit by bit. However, the 2 large landscape’s in the lounge, the sad angel in the hall and two others (which you can’t see in the pictures) are all by Rosemary Beaton. She is an amazing Scottish artist and her paintings are just lovely. You might get some inspiration for your own home on her website. My dad actually did Rosemary Beaton’s kitchen design and I think they did a bit of a deal! 😉

          Hope this helps!


          PS: I have the bluey one now up in my living room! Just what it needed!!

  9. What a lovely home and a heart-warming tribute! It looks comfortable, happy, lived in and most certainly loved. Perfect and thank you for sharing 🙂 xxx

    PS I do really love the colourful art in the lounge! Gorgeous!

  10. This post made me smile and cry a little.

    Good luck in the future and remember: “Home is not where you live but where they understand you” – wherever life takes you, you will keep your memories and continue to grow, laugh, cry, fight, socialise, joke and dance together as the lovely family you appear to be! xxx

  11. A lovely, heartfelt post. Your family home looks gorgeous. This is what I would like our next home to look like. Stylish but lived in.
    Thanks for sharing

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