Find out why we adore Rox­anne and Michael’s quirky home

By ban­ish­ing the beige, Rox­anne Hud­son and Michael Bi­a­gioni have trans­formed a bland semi-de­tached house into a bold, edgy space that’s per­fect for fes­tive en­ter­tain­ing

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Why Rox­anne’s home has grabbed our at­ten­tion

Buy­ing a first home to­gether is right up there as one of the most ex­cit­ing (al­beit ex­pen­sive) things you’ll do in your life, giv­ing you the chance to make your mark on a space that is fi­nally your own. For Rox­anne and Michael, pick­ing up the keys to their new home was the start of a whirl­wind DIY ad­ven­ture that’s seen them com­pletely trans­form the blank, beige walls of their 1980s semi into a dark grey haven that’s full of drama and char­ac­ter.

Since get­ting her hands on the three-bed­room home, Rox­anne has worked her magic to give the space a sense of per­son­al­ity. Al­though the cou­ple fell in love with the kitchen ex­ten­sion and open-plan lay­out, the lack­lus­tre colour schemes did lit­tle to fire their imag­i­na­tion, and Rox­anne couldn’t wait to whip out the paint­brushes. We’re not just talk­ing the odd fea­ture wall here and there, though: she’s gone all out with her edgy style, and now dark grey walls form the wow-fac­tor back­drop to ev­ery room scheme.

Speak­ing to Rox­anne, it’s clear she’s al­ways been drawn to dark colours, and dec­o­rat­ing the house in sim­i­lar tones was a nat­u­ral step. But don’t be fooled into think­ing that dark means cold and bor­ing. There’s a real warmth to the cou­ple’s home, with each room flow­ing ef­fort­lessly into the next. Plus Rox­anne is a clever shop­per, mix­ing Scandi-in­spired de­signs from Ikea and great-value home­ware from the likes of Mata­lan and H&M with vin­tage buys, show­ing that a mod­est bud­get doesn’t have to limit your as­pi­ra­tions. If you’re dar­ing enough to try some­thing, it’s amaz­ing what can be achieved with a can-do at­ti­tude and an eye for colour. As the cou­ple gear up for Christ­mas, we couldn’t wait to get Rox­anne’s ad­vice for pulling to­gether a suc­cess­ful scheme.

Over to rox­anne...

the kitchen was the room that sold the house to us as soon as we saw it on­line. We were liv­ing in Michael’s two-bed­room Vic­to­rian ter­raced house, but wanted to buy a home to­gether. this one ticked off lots of things on our wish­list, such as a gar­den for Monty and an open-plan en­ter­tain­ing space, plus it didn’t need huge amounts of work. the pre­vi­ous own­ers added the ex­ten­sion and we love how the vaulted ceil­ing and rooflights cre­ate such a feel­ing of height and light. as soon as we walked in, we could imag­ine our­selves liv­ing here. al­though we’ve kept the orig­i­nal kitchen units, we’ve changed the look and feel of this room, paint­ing the pale green walls dark grey to give it a more mod­ern, funky edge. We also up­dated the tiling in the kitchen, opt­ing for black grout­ing for added im­pact. With the new corner sofa in place, we now spend most of our time in this space in the evening af­ter work, and we can’t wait to wel­come fam­ily and friends here this Christ­mas.

Walls painted in din­ner Jacket,

Valspar. Kitchen units and bar stool, ikea. Wall tiles, Walls & Floors

Even though we haven’t changed the lay­out in the house or added any ad­di­tional space, it feels like a com­pletely dif­fer­ent prop­erty to the one we bought. We painted four rooms within the first week of mov­ing in – i was on a mis­sion! i’ve learned a great deal in the last year, such as the im­por­tance of find­ing your core style, stick­ing to what you like and not get­ting dis­tracted by what some­one else has done. i orig­i­nally went for a navy and white scheme in the liv­ing room, but it didn’t feel cosy enough so the white walls soon be­came grey in here too. this tends to be our quiet room, and it’s also the space i es­cape to when Michael has his lads’ tues­day nights in the kitchen.

When it comes to buy­ing things for the house, ikea is usu­ally my first port of call. i’m al­ways in there! some­times i pop in for a quick look round to get some new ac­ces­sories to change up a room scheme, other times i’ll make a long list and go on a big shop­ping spree, but i al­ways find some­thing i love.

i orig­i­nally joined in­sta­gram to look for in­spi­ra­tion for my home, and i love that it’s a great source of ideas, what­ever your bud­get. see­ing how other peo­ple dec­o­rated with dark colours gave me the con­fi­dence to re­ally go for it in my own house. i could see that it was pos­si­ble to have a grey scheme with­out mak­ing the house feel dark and un­wel­com­ing. i find it funny that i’ve ended up dec­o­rat­ing how i dress, so a com­bi­na­tion of grey, black and white with odd pops of bright colour to add in­ter­est. it’s amaz­ing how a cou­ple of coats of paint can trans­form any­thing – even the wooden ikea ta­ble has had a grey makeover. i primed the sur­face and then painted over the pale wood, and it now works bet­ter with the rest of the scheme.

Walls painted in Pewter Medal­lion,

Valspar. Ta­ble, pen­dant light, metal unit and plant stand, ikea. Chairs, Ebay. Pen­dant (over ta­ble), aldi. Side­board, char­ity shop. Rug, h&m. i never read print, King & Mc­gaw. Pa­per dec­o­ra­tions and disco ball, talk­ing ta­bles. Gold disco ball, rock­ett st george. Fairy lights and neon lights, light­s4­fun. Brush mini trees, wrap­ping pa­per and crack­ers, all Cox & Cox

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