I’ve been really excited about this latest blog venture. Having wanted to do a home tour series for a while now, I’m finally kicking it off and I have some gorgeous properties lined up to share with you over the coming months. I always feel really inspired hearing other home owners’ decor stories and seeing what they’ve achieved and I hope that you will, too!
First up, we have a visit to a lovely family home set within the picturesque County Down countryside. It’s the home of Laura Jayne, who lives here with her husband and two sons, aged 12 & 13.
Laura Jayne and her husband built their modern home just three years ago and designed every aspect of it themselves. As well as being a typically busy family home, Laura Jayne also runs her home, floral and eco living workshops from the house (you can find out more about these at www.thehomleyhaven.com).
The exterior of the house is a gorgeous combination of modern K.Rend, field stone (which the couple sourced from an old barn in County Kerry) and vintage red brick, which perfectly reflects the modern country look they are drawn to.
Describing her interior style as Modern Country, Laura Jayne took her inspiration for her home’s design from the surrounding countryside, opting for barn style doors (made to a bespoke design by a local joiner) and painting all the interior woodwork white, offset with black hardware. Keeping the walls and floors neutral and consistent throughout has allowed Laura Jayne the freedom to revamp the rooms with different coloured textiles and decorative items.
As the kitchen/living space is open plan, Laura Jayne wanted the appliances to be hidden from view, so she had a larder cupboard installed which houses the kettle, toaster and microwave. The extractor fan is also concealed, allowing for a more streamlined design. Laura Jayne added the oversized wall clock by Thomas Kent as a focal point to bring the whole space together.
To the side of the kitchen, the dining table sits within a curved section of wall and boasts stunning views out towards the Mourne Mountains, thanks to the huge floor to ceiling windows the couple included in this space.
The original plan was to lay farmhouse slabs on the floor, but they weren’t to Laura Jayne’s husband’s taste, so the couple compromised and settled on a grey wood-effect tile instead, which continues throughout the whole downstairs space. Laura Jayne injected a pop of colour with chartreuse green sofas from DFS, again drawing her inspiration from the surrounding fields.
The fireplace features the same field stone as found on the exterior of the house, which has been finished off with a dark oak beam mantel, adding a rustic warmth to the room, and a round window mirror from The Range. Laura Jayne may have compromised on her floor choice, however was determined to fit a Charnwood stove in here, as something that was always on her dream home list!
Just off the kitchen is a compact snug, the ideal place for family TV viewing thanks to the cosy corner sofa, and the one room in the home which Laura Jayne enjoys refreshing regularly with the changing seasons.
As the couple opted for neutral walls and flooring throughout, Laura Jayne wanted a fun twist in her utility room, where she has laid vibrant patterned floor tiles from local company Armatile, which tone perfectly with the ochre and grey tones used throughout the home.
Upstairs, along with the boys’ bedrooms, is the master bedroom and en suite, which the couple have decorated as a tranquil space for unwinding in at the end of the day. Laura Jayne wanted it to feel like a hotel room that they were escaping to, so they worked the decor scheme around dark IKEA Hemnes furniture brought over from their previous home, dressing it with textured plain bedding and cosy throws in soft greys and pinks. The bedroom is kept clutter free thanks to a large walk-in wardrobe which also houses Laura Jayne’s dressing table and mirror.
The master en suite features a bespoke painted beautifully modern freestanding bath, to give the space that extra special ‘hotel’ feel. The one aspect Laura Jayne would change on hindsight is the position of the toilet, as it’s visible from the bed, however she has accepted that we live and learn through our design decisions!
As the master bedroom is situated at the top of the home (it is split on four levels), Laura Jayne has cleverly utilised the landing space as a functional corner for her to work in, featuring a bright yellow IKEA Strandmon armchair and modern geometric cushions from Sainsburys. As she says, it feels like she’s sitting in the central heart of the home while she works.
So what’s next on Laura Jayne’s to do list? She tells me they’d like to build a perimeter wall at the front of the house and plant some trees out. As this is their third year in the house, the settlement cracks have started to appear, so as Laura Jayne says, ‘the hubby will have to get the wallet out again for some redecorating!’ Apart from the boys’ rooms, she will keep to a neutral scheme, however is considering an old locker room style for her youngest’s bedroom. I can’t wait to see how that turns out, as I’ve no doubt Laura Jayne will have it decorated with every last detail carefully considered. You can keep up to date with Laura Jayne’s home styling and seasonal revamps over on her Instagram page The Homely Haven, where she has built up a great following.
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Steal some ideas from Laura Jayne’s tranquil modern country style home with these key pieces…
(links for where to buy are further below)
- Wicker heart // £11.99 // Gisela Graham
- Table lamp // £31.99 // Wayfair
- Selection of straw baskets // H&M Home
- Mirror // £49.99 // The Range
- Houseplant // IKEA
- Wall clock // £140 // Thomas Kent
- Armchair // £195 // IKEA
- Cushion // £25 // Cult Furniture
- Bamboo candle holder // £37 // Amara Living
- Industrial bookcase trolley // £182.99 // Wayfair
- 3 seater sofa // £599 // made.com
- Patterned tile // £31.21 per box // Tile Market
Laura Jayne’s favourite thing about her home? She loves that it’s a peaceful haven. As she says, ‘I feel in awe every single morning when I open the blinds and look at the expanse of green fields and the morning sky’. That’s the beauty of the Irish countryside right there…