Pho­tog­ra­pher and cre­ative di­rec­tor Kayti Peschke’s colour­ful, eclec­tic abode

Mollie Makes - - Contents - Words: HAN­NAH BULLIVANT Photography: KRISTY NOBLE

Kayti Peschke’s York­shire bun­ga­low had been on the mar­ket for two years when she fi­nally caught sight of it, but she wasn’t put o by the unloved feel and tired 80s-style dec­o­ra­tion.

“I’d been look­ing at houses for ages but when I saw this one, it felt like it had been wait­ing for me,” she ex­plains. “I could re­ally see the po­ten­tial and loved the idea of one level liv­ing. I just knew it was the place for me!” Her o er was ac­cepted and she moved in shortly af­ter.

The bun­ga­low’s prac­ti­cal open plan lay­out suited the look Kayti had in mind for her home, so the main task when she moved in was dec­o­rat­ing – start­ing with the main liv­ing room.

“Paint­ing the brick fire­place made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence and re­ally bright­ened the room up,” says Kayti. “The tri­an­gle wall de­cals by A Lovely Wall add colour and I love that they peel o!!”

She then moved onto the spare room, dubbed The Groovy Room in hon­our of its 70s-in­spired or­anges and browns. “It has a cock­tail bar, disco balls and a sofa bed for when friends stay – it’s al­ways the hub of the party in there!”

Next Kayti tack­led the kitchen, re­paint­ing the cup­boards and re­plac­ing the light­ing, tiles, work­tops and sink. She also added a break­fast bar to de­fine the space and make it more so­cia­ble, and in­stalled a Jet­sons- style stove. “It heats the whole house in win­ter, the dogs adore it, and I just love the retro style!”

Kayti did most of the dec­o­rat­ing her­self, fit­ting it around her busy work­ing life. A pho­tog­ra­pher, de­signer, co-founder and cre­ative di­rec­tor of Ca­boo­dle mag­a­zine, and mar­ket­ing man­ager of Crafty Fox Mar­ket, Kayti’s var­ied cre­ative roles shape her aes­thetic while also giv­ing her the free­dom to work from home.

“I have a lit­tle of­fice where I spend a lot of my work time,” she ex­plains. “I’ve cov­ered the walls with lots of things peo­ple have sent me and they al­ways make me smile, so it’s a re­ally happy place to be! I have a lovely view of the York­shire Wolds out of the win­dow, too.

“In the gar­den I have a photo stu­dio which is painted white and filled with back­grounds and props to play with on my shoots, so I feel re­ally lucky to have ev­ery­thing I need right here.”

Most of the fur­ni­ture in Kayti’s home is sourced from car boots and an­tiques shops, and some of her favourite things have come from

skips. “I do a lot of up­cy­cling. I love the thought of reusing some­thing and mak­ing it feel loved again.” Kayti’s bright yel­low pi­ano is a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of this. The pre­vi­ous own­ers didn’t want to keep it, so it was in the house when she moved in. “I painted it yel­low with some An­nie Sloan Chalk Paint and now it’s just so fun! I don’t play but I love the re­ac­tion it gets. Ev­ery­one is drawn to it and loves to have a go!”

As well as be­ing filled with up­cy­cled finds, Kayti’s quirky home is also filled with hand­made items. “I’m pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing in­de­pen­dents and my work with Crafty Fox Mar­ket means I’ve built a col­lec­tion of good­ies from the amaz­ing mak­ers I meet there. I love hear­ing the sto­ries be­hind their in­spi­ra­tions and the mak­ing process in­volved.”

Although she’s threaded her unique style through the whole house, Kayti feels that the space is con­stantly evolv­ing: “In lots of ways, I don’t think the house will ever be ‘fin­ished’. There are still ar­eas I want to at­tack. I want some new floor­ing and a new bath­room even­tu­ally, and the gar­den will be the next big project. I’m plan­ning a 60s Palm Springs vibe!”

It’s hard to imagine Kayti liv­ing and work­ing in a more per­fectly suited space. “I love colour, so it just feels right to sur­round my­self with it. My home re­ally feels so ‘me’ right now. It makes me re­ally happy and I love work­ing and liv­ing here.”

01 Kayti’s of­fice also serves as an in­spi­ra­tion space, with walls cov­ered in prints and gifts from friends and col­leagues. 01

03 03 The bed­room is calm yet colour­ful, with kitsch 60s plates hung over the bed.

02 02 Makes from Lucky Dip Club and The Geeky Stitch Co. adorn Kayti’s walls.

01 01 Frank the dachs­hund and Ozzy the whip­pet are reg­u­lar fix­tures on Kayti’s sofa.

02 02 Art­work by Alexan­dra Cook hangs in the bed­room.

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