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