We visited four of the seven open houses on the day, and of those four, we could take photos in two, plus the beautiful manicured garden belonging Neisha Crossland pictured above, hidden behind the weathered doors of former stables. I never knew that I wanted a garden like this, but I do now. Buxus balls anyone? Total garden swoon!
And you may recognise this lovely conservatory of another home if you're a Living Etc fan, as I imagine you are if you're in the UK reading this blog...
But I had a favourite. And one of the reasons for that, was that it was full of life, soul, and treasures that had clearly been collected over an interesting lifetime.
Details. It was full of details.
Okay, it wasn't just full of details, it was also full of religious paraphernalia, incredible lamps and artwork, and fun stuff including a random motorised disco ball in a hallway, with the odd skull thrown in for good measure. It was cool and grown-up, yet it didn't take itself too seriously. Totally up my street.
But details really are what makes a house a home, they're what gives it warmth and character, and although it's obviously lovely if you're able to splash the cash, you actually can't buy buy a lifetime's worth of collected treasures in one fell swoop no matter how much money you have, and that's what makes it so special.
And to top this house off, as if it wasn't already great enough, I walked down the stairs to the basement to see this...
No, I'm not talking about the utility room particularly, though I'd really love one, I'm talking about that bespoke paint tester pot shelving. Jealous much??!
I could have stayed in this house, not surprisingly, belonging to an Interior Designer and Colour Consultant, ALL day. In fact I had to be dragged out so we could make it to the last house in time!
I was a guest of AO.com for the LivingEtc House Tours.