Interior Design

A peek into the UK’s most creative homes with Habitat Voyeur

12th October 2015
habitat voyeur mary portas

Don’t you just love having a peek into someone else’s home? I certainly do, there’s always new things to learn about design and styling plus you get to see how others live their lives. Nothing wrong with being just a little bit nosy too. Habitat have a fabulous campaign on at the moment. It takes us inside the homes of some of the UK’s most creative people.  Kudos to these people who have opened up their homes to Habitat Voyeur as our homes are so private.

Let’s go on a tour of my 3 favourite creatives’ homes and let’s see what design tips we can learn from each of them.

Starting off with Mary Portas.

Ooh, there’s so much to talk about here. Starting off with the fabulous pink door. What a great way to set the tone of rest of the house. You just know that you’re entering a home with bags of personality when you see a pink door.
Lesson: Think about what your entrance says about you?

Throughout the rooms we saw here, there is a lot of art. Even pictures on the floor laying against the wall behind the sofa.  The art is also bold, striking and colourful. Similar to the owners’ personality.  I also love that those two gold french teacups are on display in the middle of the mantlepiece. They don’t particularly belong there, but as they have a story, they do. They enhance the personality of the house.
Lesson: Show off your favourite pieces and tell your guests their story. Use lots of art to help convey your personality.

At the end of the interview, Mary talks about designing her home to ‘please herself’ and ‘if I don’t feel it feels great, then I just don’t want it in the house’. And yes, I totally agree!

Next up: Rick Edwards

Functional, very functional, eg: the living room has the TV, guitar and lamp as ‘features’. But it works well for him. You can see he is so relaxed and totally at home in his space. I love the blue sofa and the random cushions, this is a home and not a showpiece.
Lesson: Design your home so that it works for you and your lifestyle.

Downstairs is a calm space, you can see that being social is a big part of his life, and his downstairs space is set up for that. The big table is perfect for his mates to be while Rick or his girlfriend are making dinner etc. I do like the bold patterns on the rug and the cushions. I particularly liked the collage of photographs on the wall, that’s a great way to show off a lot of pictures.
Lesson: By ensuring that you have a space that your friends feel comfortable in will make yours a popular home to visit. Adding photos of your friends to a photo collage is a good way to make your friends feel part of your home.

Let’s have a look at a busy family home: Jo Whiley

This is what I think of as a typical family home. It reminds me of when I was growing up, we had a busy home, lot of friends, pets and my brother and I bouncing around all over the place. Design wise, I love the bright colours, the bold art. There is such a mix here, modern velvet pink sofa and space age silver beanbag. There’s the retro neon signs and radio. The kitchen is polkadots, pink and very child and mess friendly.  It’s a practical home.
Lesson: When you have children and pets, think about how your home design will work for them. Surfaces need to be spillproof, floors need to be hard wearing. You also need fun features, I’m sure the children adore that pink sofa.

Jo has a wonderful desk hidden away in the corner, this is obviously her little personal space, filled with her own treasures. This is so important for us, we all need a little space that’s just ours.
Lesson: You don’t even need a whole room to have your own personal space, just a little corner will do.

I hope you enjoyed our little look at 3 very different homes from the Habitat Voyeur campaign. Do comment below on anything you spotted that I might have missed.

Go to Habitat Voyeur to see inside even more homes.

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  • Isn’t Mary Portas just simply fabulous? And her house is so beautiful and comfortable looking… Thanks for sharing

    • I agree, I think the key is that her house is a complete reflection of her personality. It just works. Glad you enjoyed it.

  • Nikira

    Really cool, thank you!

  • Excellent ideas. I am impressed.

  • Maria Brittis

    Great Stuff! Its must be great to explore all these amazing homes! Maria