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  1. I'm going to share with you a story about an underused and unloved space under the stairs. 

    Once upon a time, this space was perfect for holding a pushchair, car seat and oodles of baby paraphernalia but for the past few (post-baby) years it had turned into a dumping ground with zero identity or proper purpose.  Our hallway is a generous size. In fact it was the first thing to attract me to the house when I stepped in for the first viewing.  However, it wasn't the most of efficient of spaces for a family of 5.

    BEFORE 

    understair before


    I have lived in my current house for about 15 years now and had always wanted some 'fancy pull out drawers' to hide the family mess.  Now, I wasn't planning on having any building work done this year and it by sheer accident that I came across a local builder who specialises in making bepsoke storage, including 'fancy pull out drawers' under the stairs.  It did not take much persuasion on my part for my husband to agree with my new plan - yippee!.  Within a month of discussion and quotes we were booked in for the work to commence.  I documented the process by taking photographs daily.  (See below). 

    DURING

    understairs during

    It took about 8 days in total to build and paint but, I have to say, this is one of the best investments EVER!  Not only does all the clutter get put & shut away, but my once darkened north-facing hallway appears to be bigger & brighter.  We opted for the door fronts to be painted in white gloss and it really does help bounce the light around.  I LOVE the airy feeling of space that this bespoke build has achieved.  After adding 'Olive', the olive tree I now feel that the entrance to my home has the quintessential modern scandi chic that I crave. 

    AFTER

    understairs after part 1

    understairs after part 2

    So what do you think? Leave your comments below or share your own hallway storage solutions.  We would love to hear from you x

  2. I am a sucker for quotations and will happily spend hours trawling pinterest and instagram for those phrases that strike a cord. Now, I know I'm not alone in this. 

    So since Wildfox Home is all about things.....well, 'Home', I thought I would put together my favourite quotes relating to this particular fine topic.  

    no place like home

    • "Home is any four walls that enclose the right person" - Helen Rowland
    • "Home - A place your feet may leave but your heart will always be" - Anon
    • "The ultimate luxury is being able to relax & enjoy your home" - Jeff Lincoln
    • "A house is made of  walls & beams. A home is made with love & dreams" - Anon
    • "If you buy stuff you love, regardless of price or era, your home will be a true reflection of you" - Sarah Norwood. (Love this one!)
    • "Your home should tell the story of who you are, and be a collection of what you love" - Nate Berkus
    • "Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful" - William Morris.  We've all heard of this one right?
    • "Decorating is not about making stage sets, its not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it's really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul" - Albert Hadley. I really must stop comparing my house to the impossibly tidy homes in the glossy mags.
    • "Home is where you can say anything you want because nobody listens to you anyway" Yes, I sense all mums nodding in agreement here!
    • "Home is where I can look ugly and enjoy it!".  Personally, I relish those occassional weekends in my pyjamas and no make up.

    Perhaps you have a favourite quote that you would  like to share.  Leave a comment below or go to our Facebook Group THE HOME DECOR LOUNGE and share with other like minded home lovers. 

    Until next time.

    H x