Take a [virtual] step inside Yasmin’s beautiful Grade II listed terrace house, located just outside of Bungay in Suffolk. As a first-time buyer; Yasmin bought this property two years ago and has been slowly renovating the house from top to bottom.
After a busy day of being the General Manager for Two Magpies Bakery, she returns home to her kitten, Miso, and enjoys downtime and relaxation in her own space. She is a big fan of Scandinavian styles and a neutral palette, but also likes to introduce the odd accent colour to keep things lively and stimulating. Whilst she enjoys modern and minimal décor, Yasmin has also tried to restore and highlight the original features of the listed building, too.
A COAT LOVE AFFAIR…
Yasmin was initially drawn to our brand by the Peel & Stick Paint Swatches… she immediately preferred the ease and speed of this testing experience and was looking forward to comparing a selection of our neutral paint colours.
“The neutral colour range was vast enough, but not an excessive range that it made it difficult to choose. I decided to try ‘Pampas’, ‘Low Salt’ & ‘Duvet Day’. The swatches were so helpful, and definitely a true reflection of the paint colour itself.”
Yasmin was super happy with the application and coverage of our paint, as she only needed to do one coat; which, of course, made lighter work for the entire project. After the paint had dried, she placed the Peel and Stick Swatch back on the wall and was instantly impressed with the colour accuracy – she told us she could barely tell the difference!
TAKE A LOOK INSIDE…
When you put so much hard work and effort into a house renovation, it’s certainly tough to select just a few favourite rooms; but Yasmin dug deep for COAT fans, and chose three of her proudest projects for this article…
First up is her guest room, and the room in which she painted in our beloved ‘Pampas’. Before the makeover, the room was ‘bleak, boring and essentially a box’, in Yasmin’s words. It was unused and unloved, so it was the perfect project to roll her sleeves up and create something new and inviting.
“With old listed buildings, storage is minimal. However, with a bit of creative thinking, floor planning and new furniture, it has now got plenty space to hide away belongings; whilst also acting as a functional guest room, too. The sofa bed allows the room to remain spacious on a day to day basis, as well as creating an additional chill out area for me to enjoy!”.
Yasmin opted for DIY wall panelling, and a mid-century-style sofa bed to add character to the space, as well as keeping it true to her neutral styles. The warm, off-white tone of ‘Pampas’ provided a supreme backdrop for adding natural textures such as rattan and wood.
The next space is her dining room, a really important part of the house to Yasmin, as she loves socialising and hosting dinner parties for close friends and family. She chose a darker wall colour for this particular room, as it was important to her to create a cosy, intimate atmosphere. To keep things balanced, she invested in light-wood furniture and white decorative accessories.
Yasmin has proven that dark doesn’t have to mean gloomy, as this space has a perfect contrast of light and dark tones. The spaces that own an abundance of natural day, such as Yasmin’s dining room, are the best rooms for welcoming dark paint colours – as they still feel bright and welcoming during the day, but cosy and relaxing on an evening.
Finally, we take a look around her living room – one of Yasmin’s more recent renovations, and admittedly, her most favourite to date. The room is one of the largest in the house, however lacked character and original features when she first moved in.
She opted for a traditional, yet modern décor; complete with wood burner, mantelpiece and built-in shelving units either side. In-keeping with her neutral styles, Yasmin painted the walls with another warm, off-white colour – allowing the furniture and styling to speak the loudest. This room is typically used for unwinding after a long day, or socialising at a weekend.
As a bonus question, we asked Yasmin which room of the house is her all-time favourite…
“My dressing room is a room which I have dreamt of since being a little girl. To be in a position where I can selfishly use an entire room as a dressing room is such a privilege, and I’m so grateful for this. I have an incredibly busy work schedule and I’m also on the go 100% of the time, so being able to unwind in a minimal bedroom, because everything I don’t need in there is in the dressing room, is great. Clear room, clear mind!”.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS…
Yasmin actually has some big news… she’s just sold her first home, and is looking forward to her next renovation project!
“I’m very sad about the sale, but I’m looking forward to the next chapter. I’m an impulsive person, but what I’ve learnt is that renovating houses isn’t a race – it’s a marathon. I don’t know what this project is going to entail yet, but I just know it’s going to be pretty special!”
We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on her Instagram page for the big move – who’s with us?
YASMIN FROM @YAS.WYATT.HOME LENDS SOME ADVICE…
“I have previously rushed into renovations, and have often revisited them sooner than anticipated. This is mainly because my tastes have changed, or I didn’t consider the bigger picture – only the ‘here & now’.
Therefore, my advice would be to take your time. Make sure you are confident with your colour choices and investment pieces. After all the money and efforts we put into our home makeovers, you want to be able to enjoy it for a long, long time.”