There was a lot to love when Sophie Cartledge and her husband Toby first toured what would eventually become their home in the town of Fareham. The 1930s-era house in Hampshire, England boasted original details, an updated bathroom and kitchen as well as an open floor plan. Most importantly, though, adopting its zip code would mean their three children Mulan, Noah and Bertie could attend some really great schools.
Luckily the price was also right, and shortly after the showing the family of five moved right in.
Since then, Sophie and Toby have done anything and everything to further style the space to their liking. On the first floor, for example, visitors are greeted not by the dingy carpet that came with the home but by wooden planks doused in a fresh coat of ultra black paint. Smiling at them from the walls in the entryway is another striking addition: a striped mural Sophie tackled with just some painter’s tape and a little faith.
The photos below are proof that this pair’s already taken on more than most homeowners would dare, but Toby and Sophie say they aren’t done yet. Their next big project will be to replace the kitchen’s laminate floors with concrete, and I’m sure it will add just as much flair as their other updates have. Scroll down to check out their DIY haven, and enjoy! —Garrett
Photography by Sophie Cartledge
Image above: Sophie’s goal for the living area was to create a space equally inspired by the 1960s and 1930s.
Black paint – Valspar “Nevermore”
Curtains, gold sofa – eBay
Rug – gumtree
Teal sofa – Laura Ashley
“Alice” by Mogdilani – Freecycle
Animal cushion – TJ Maxx
Paint – Little Greene Paint Company “Old Paper II”
Lighting cable, accessories – Dowsing and Reynolds
Gold triangle plate rack – Graham and Green
Rug – Aldi
“Eat” art – secondhand
Tea towel – IKEA
Sophie & Toby’s Room
Paint – Farrow and Ball “Hague Blue”
Bed – Made.com
Bedding – Aldi
Bag – Sezane
Curtains – IKEA