It’s been far too long since I shared a home tour with you, but I’m sure you’ll agree this one was well and truly worth the wait as it belongs to the founder of independent furniture and lighting shop Someday Designs, Emily Mayne.
Located in Greenwich, South East London, this inspirational Victorian terrace, just like Emily’s award-winning online store, is packed full of timeless and beautifully crafted pieces from a mix of British and Scandinavian brands, as well as her own in-house collection too.
Over to Emily to tell us more:
“We moved here back in 2014 and I was so convinced it was the right home for us I actually put an offer in on the house before my husband Paul had even seen it. With lots of natural light, original floorboards, fireplaces and cornicing it had such a lovely feel, and I knew we could transform it into the perfect place for us.
We started by making some simple cosmetic improvements at first, but we wanted to live in the space for a while before undertaking any major renovations or making any structural alterations. I firmly believe you need to fully understand your home first, whether that’s knowing where the light falls, or how to best tailor each room to improve your daily life. Taking your time to plan and future proof a space always pays off in the long run.
By 2019 we had booked our builders and started an 18-month full house renovation. This included converting the loft to a master bedroom and bathroom, as well as adding a new office on the second floor which overlooked the park behind our house. I now feel so lucky to have such a green, tree top view to look out while I work.
Downstairs, meanwhile, we extended to the side and back, creating a family space where we can cook, eat and entertain. We also added a garden room which provides a flexible space for all the family. Often used as an outdoor living room, its more often a noisy games room for our two young boys, Teddy and Flynn and their friends.
Despite all this new space you’ll always find us in the kitchen as its very much the heart of our home. For me, it’s a very uplifting and energising space, plus I love our large pivot door which leads straight out to the garden. Having that outdoors connection is really important to me.
I’d say our home style is a blend of traditional meets modern, with restored original features sitting alongside new architectural twists, including pleated black zinc cladding on the exterior and micro-cement flooring inside. With its neutral colour scheme, natural wood finishes, brass hardware, and Scandi-inspired furnishings all helping to make it feel considered and cohesive.
Life can feel quite hectic with running a business and having a young family, so I love to come home to a calm, serene space. Home is where I can escape the daily hustle and relax with those most special to me.”
There’s No Place like Home
10 quick fire questions, to find out more about Emily and her home:
- Tea or coffee?
Coffee in the morning followed by tea and biscuits in the afternoon
- Chocolate or cheese?
Love both, but perhaps chocolate has the edge
- Watching TV or listening to music?
Watching TV, I love getting into a good series
- Reading a book or flicking through a magazine?
- Bath or shower?
- Slippers or socks?
Both, my feet insist on being cold
- House plants or fresh flowers?
House plants everywhere
- Candles or lamps?
Lamps in every corner please!
- Cushions or blankets?
Cushions, never enough cushions
- Dog or cat?
We don’t actually have a pet, but the boys are helpfully telling me they’d choose a cat, so there you go.
Want to find out more?
Thanks again to Emily for sharing her beautiful home with us, I’m off to look for a new sofa for our family room on the Someday Designs website.
All images courtesy of Anna Stathaki.
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