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Ideal Home (UK) - - Real Home - Kate Spiers lives here with her hus­band, Jor­dan, and their two cats. Kate is a lifestyle blog­ger and Jor­dan owns a cof­fee shop.

“It’s so cosy and invit­ing, with lots of light, so I al­ways feel happy here – and com­ing home is al­ways spe­cial”

the prop­erty

A two-bed­room Vic­to­rian ten­e­ment flat near Mount Florida, Glas­gow.

the Value

Sim­i­lar prop­er­ties in the area cost about £150,000.

Buy­ing their first home in Glas­gow, Kate and Jor­dan Spiers knew ex­actly what they were look­ing for – and where. ‘We wanted to move out of the city to the south side, which we’d heard good things about,’ says Kate. ‘I love pe­riod prop­er­ties, so we were hop­ing to find a Vic­to­rian ten­e­ment with orig­i­nal fea­tures – cor­nic­ing, wooden floors, high ceil­ings and big, beau­ti­ful win­dows.

‘Since I knew we would be slowly up­dat­ing the place, I looked more at the lay­out of the rooms and what we could do to the space, and we were lucky to find a place that was a shell and didn’t need too much do­ing to it. I def­i­nitely had a vi­sion of what I wanted. This flat has so much char­ac­ter, so we’re very for­tu­nate.

‘I wanted to cre­ate a home that we loved to be in. Jor­dan and I work a lot and travel of­ten, but we’re both home­bod­ies at heart.’ The big­gest job that the cou­ple have un­der­taken was to put in a new kitchen and change its lay­out to fit in more stor­age.

When it came to the decorating, Kate was keen to make the most of the bright out­look that the third-floor flat ben­e­fits from. ‘I love how much light we get – it’s ideal through­out the mis­er­able win­ters,’ she says. She chose white as her base colour and used it in ev­ery room, to em­pha­sise the high ceil­ings, cor­nic­ing and ceil­ing roses. Af­ter that, she grad­u­ally built up the colour with tex­tiles and ac­ces­sories.

‘I’ve def­i­nitely held off be­ing too crazy un­til re­cently,’ she says. ‘I didn’t want to make any big changes un­til I was a bit more com­fort­able with my style. I’d love to ex­per­i­ment with colour on the walls. I think try­ing some wall­pa­per is next on my list, plus a more colourful bath­room and hall­way.’

Make it per­sonal

‘I wanted the liv­ing room to have char­ac­ter and not look ster­ile,’ says Kate, ‘so we added trinkets and vin­tage finds.’

buy the key pieces

For a sim­i­lar turntable, try the Crosley Cruiser cream and rose gold Bluetooth vinyl record player, £89, Ur­ban Out­fit­ters. Ror ceil­ing lamp, £160, Oliver Bonas

Keep the space tidy

‘I don’t mind a bit of or­gan­ised clut­ter,’ says Kate, ‘so we have a lot of open shelv­ing. It works re­ally well, be­cause we can keep all our favourite jars, vases and pots out on show, but hide all the rest away in the built-in kitchen cup­board, along­side white goods such as the wash­ing ma­chine.’

buy the key pieces

Smeg FAB28Q fridge freezer, £1,215, John Lewis. Hexagon white mo­saic tiles, £2.99 a sheet, Tiles Di­rect

“Our white walls were a bit bare, so I went on a print­buy­ing spree for cheer­ful art that we’d never get bored of

Up­grade ba­sic buys

Kate and Jor­dan have given their plain white kitchen units a luxe look with pretty gold knobs and faux­mar­ble work­tops from Ikea, plus an an­tique-style mixer tap.

buy the key pieces

String all-white pocket shelv­ing, £110, Trouva.com. Lance white round din­ing ta­ble, £175, Habi­tat. Bris­tan gold mixer tap, £167, Way­fair

Work in nat­u­ral colour and tex­ture

The cou­ple’s oak-framed wish­bone din­ing chairs, round sisal rug and dis­played wooden chop­ping boards stop the sleek, all-white kitchen scheme look­ing too hard and cold.

buy the key pieces

Dan­ish De­signs wish­bone din­ing chair, £139, Cult Fur­ni­ture, is a good match

Add a lit­tle pol­ish

Kate has spray-painted one of Ikea’s nickel-fin­ish Fin­torp hang­ing rails and some S-hooks gold, which in­tro­duces a glam­orous-look­ing touch to the sim­ple scheme. She uses hers partly to hold kitchen essen­tials, but also for dis­play­ing decorative items.

buy the key pieces

Fin­torp rail, £7, Ikea

Use the wall space

Kate turned a wall into an ac­ces­sory store with a hand­ful of hooks.

buy the key pieces

For a sim­i­lar sofa bed (be­low), try the Slip­per sofa bed in Blush, £349, Made. com. Camels Sa­hara print by Jody Macdon­ald, from £10, Ju­niqe

Be grand, even in a small room

‘A bed­room should be a palace,’ says Kate. ‘I spent big on bed­ding and lots of soft fur­nish­ings in a mix of tex­tures, and made sure it would be easy to keep the room tidy by adding plenty of stor­age.’

buy the key pieces

The Roscoe bed in Dusk Pink, £399, Made.com, is sim­i­lar. Pene­lope bed­side ta­ble, £349, West Elm. Iris Spot­ted Dobby bed­ding, from £40, Marks & Spencer

Cu­rate dis­plays

Kate con­cen­trates clut­ter into tidy group­ings. ‘We love open shelv­ing and dis­play­ing our favourite things,’ says Kate. ‘I’m of­ten tempted to buy new pieces, but switch­ing things around does the job just as well.’

buy the key pieces

Aero gold shelv­ing unit, £449, Swoon Edi­tions. Wire wall grid (right), £40, Ur­ban Out­fit­ters

“We sanded the var­nished floor­boards to re­veal the lighter pine un­der­neath, but didn’t fin­ish them prop­erly, so they’re look­ing worse. It does work with the style of the flat, but I’d love to get them fixed”

fea­ture fridge ADDS RETROSTYLE AND A SOFT COLOUR AC­CENT

her­ring­bone pat­tern MAKES WHITE TILES MORE IN­TER­EST­ING

HALL­WAY GALLERY GO FOR LARGE FRAMES FOR A LESS CLUTTERED LOOK

propped mir­ror A MOVEABLE, LIGHT-BOOST­ING STATE­MENT MAKER

THIS WIRE RACK MAKES A PRETTY MEMO BOARD IN KATE’S WORK SPACE

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