Think pink

CHELSEA, LONDON – If you ever decide to head to the high street in Chelsea, take a quick turn down Bywater Street. The terraced houses are all well kept and each house has been painted in a pretty pastel colour giving the street a rainbow feel. I thought this pink one was fun, perfect for Barbie, right?

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI loved the entire street.

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I loved this festive door. There were so many cute ones.

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Property: Most innovative project

MONMOUTHSHIRE, UK – I always like looking at property. In fact I spend a lot of my spare time online looking at homes on sale. It runs in the family.

My mother is obsessed with property and she’s passed it on to her children. Whenever we go on holiday we’re get so interested in looking at the latest property listings for the area we sometimes forget to appreciate the tourist sights. Fact! One time my mother ended up buying a 170 hectare farm while on holiday.

Anyway, today’s post is about two really cool homes. The first was built in Monmouthshire which was awarded ‘Overall Winner’ by the Telegraph Homebuilding and Renovating Awards. Winner1It has three storeys and four bedrooms. Winner2 The architects, Hall and Bednarczyk, impressed the judges with the combination of style and local materials. Winner3 I love the light that flows in to this room. What a great place to have breakfast each morning. Hard not to enjoy a view like that!

Now the award for ‘Most innovative project’ goes to this home designed by Birds Portchmouth Russum (funny name). You can see why.

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Take a look at the very modern interiors.

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Do you ever think that when design is this advanced that it doesn’t have a high resell value? Hmm…I don’t have the answer, but I do love the height of this room and the curved walls.

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Photographs courtesy of Simon Maxwell.

Property: The wish list – Sevenoaks

SEVENOAKS - When locals think about buying property and can’t afford to purchase a home in the capital, they turn their attention to ‘commuter towns’. These are towns that are linked to London by good train lines that take commuters to key stations such as Paddington and Waterloo. Sevenoaks is a town that I’ve often thought would be ideal. It has a fast train into London in approximately 30 minutes and that’s not bad at all. You could almost ‘have it all’ if you live in Sevenoaks, by that I mean you can work in the City and live in the country side and not have such an awful commute.

Look, I still want to buy in Battersea, but suppose I couldn’t, well then Sevenoaks would be my second choice. It’s actually considered to be very ‘stockbroker’ as a lot of them buy here… Is that a good thing?

On my favourite property site, rightmove.co.uk, I did some searching and found this property on the market by Kings Estate Agents. It’s a two bedroom cottage that oozes charm and would be perfect for me and a plus 1.

Our property tour begins with the sitting room. It has some beams running lengthwise across the ceiling which give the room some character as does the adorable fire place.

I like the open-plan kitchen diner. This is not part of the original design. Most homes in England prefer to keep rooms separated by walls and doors. But I like rooms to have a sense of flow.

Both of the bedrooms are on the top floor and seem to be a good size. I love the exposed brick here and the door  is much more interesting than the bland modern ones we are so used to.

Bedroom number 2.

The bathroom is a very safe design but I really do like that bath.

And finally the garden – long and narrow.

This floor plan gives you a better idea of how this cottage is laid out. It seems the space between the door and staircase is very tight.

I think it’s got massive curb appeal, don’t you? It’s on the market for £350 000…don’t do the conversion to your currency, it’s just so depressing!