If you love scrolling social media and looking at Instagram and Pinterest-worthy homes, then one house that’s just gone on sale could be perfect for you.
A three-bedroom Victorian terraced property in the suburb of Pontcanna in Cardiff is on the market with Hern & Crabtree for £600,000 following an impressive transformation by owners Alec and Robin Taylor.
The couple gave the standard home a makeover, getting rid of the magnolia walls and adding various splashes of bold colour such as green, blue and black to create an online sensation, garnering thousands of likes and followers in return for their hard work.
According to Wales Online, the house has also made an appearance on the BBC property show, Best House in Town and as such is considered to be one of the best homes in Cardiff.
Speaking to the publication, Alec shared how their interior design adventure began when they bought the house over three years ago.
He said: “We were total novices, so we started slowly, with some paint and wallpaper in the rooms we were in the most, inspired by the age of the house, and some of the beautiful old furniture we have inherited from family.
“Robin loves the Arts and Crafts movement and Art Deco, too, and is generally a maximalist, where one prefers lots of pattern and colour. We started with the idea of using period-sensitive wallpaper and colours.”
He says they spent a lot of time looking online for visual inspiration and his wife was especially keen to follow in the footsteps of designers such as Luke Edward Hall and Beata Heuman, who “constantly remind [them] that homes should be playful and joyful”.
The eclectic and whimsy design style they love has meant they were able to source furniture and accessories from extended family, as well as rummaging online to source quality second-hand items.
Alec continued to say: ” Facebook Marketplace, Gumtree, eBay are great places and help achieve a collected, lived-in look, and is far more environmentally friendly than buying new furniture that may not last long.
“Most of our furniture was second hand or restored, even carrying one of the sofas down the back alleys of Pontcanna on the bonnet of a car!”
The couple love an eclectic mix of old and new and wanted their home’s interior to feel like it was collected and put together over time, rather than selected out of a page of a catalogue or a showroom.
Throughout the home, visitors will spot furniture items ranging from mid-century modern to Victorian and Edwardian.
“We always got really positive feedback from our friends, and shock at the transformation in some cases,” Robin added.
“Not to mention some growing fame on social media, as our house has its own Instagram account and started attracting thousands of followers from all over the UK and even beyond.
“Much more popular than our own social networks combined!”
The house with more online followers than the owners is for sale for £600,000 with estate agent Hern & Crabtree and the property listing reads: “This breathtakingly stunning family home occupies an enviable position on the picturesque, tree-lined Ryder Street and situated minutes away from the bustling Artisan Cafes, Coffee Shops & Delis on offer in the fashionable Pontcanna area.
“Something of an interior designer’s dream, this handsome bay-fronted abode offers an eclectic array of decor throughout and coupled with the gorgeous original features, this exquisite home truly is something special.
“The welcoming hall with immaculate tiled floor sets the tone of this marvellous home as you enter with light and airy ground floor accommodation comprising the bay-fronted lounge, sitting room, dining room, utility room, cloakroom and the extended kitchen with seating area and glazed doors opening to the rear garden.
“To the first floor are three spacious double bedrooms, four-piece bathroom suite complete with freestanding roll-top bathtub and walk-in shower, separate W.C and stairs rising to the loft room.
“Enclosed forecourt to the front with original quarry-tiled path whilst the rear garden offers a generous sized patio bordered with raised flower borders and an array of mature plants and trees. An amazing opportunity to purchase an amazing home!”
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