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A 1980s home in Dorset gets a minimalist revival

Minimalist kitchen with green cupboards
A MINIMALIST APPROACH TO ACCESSORISING GIVES ISOBEL'S HOME A CALMING QUALITY

WordsMegan Lambert

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Say hello to our next neutral lover, 25-year-old hairdresser, Isabel (@home_with_isabel). Living with her boyfriend, Matt, in Dorset – they share the 1980s home with their two cockapoos, Chilli and Chester.

They bought the property two years ago and knew they had a full renovation project on their hands, as nothing had been done since it had initially been built. Housing three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and a kitchen extension, there was plenty of refurbishment to keep busy with. 

“It needed a whole lot of TLC; it was still sporting the seashell toilet, bath and sink vibe, with lovely blue carpet everywhere, including the bathroom! We completely gutted the house, and re-did every possible thing.”

Before living room makeover
THE LIVING ROOM BEFORE THE MAKEOVER
Kitchen before makeover
THE KITCHEN BEFORE THE MAKEOVER

Even though Isabel says her style is continuously evolving, she has definitely found a passion for minimalism and a clean-cut finish. As a running theme throughout the house, Isabel likes to incorporate a variety of textures, materials and neutral color palettes.

Minimalist decor with warm tones
ISOBEL ADDS TEXTURE TO HER NEUTRAL HOME WITH NATURAL WOOD AND CERAMICS
Minimalist kitchen with green cupboards
A MINIMALIST APPROACH TO ACCESSORISING GIVES ISOBEL'S HOME A CALMING QUALITY

A neutral kinda’ love

As far as Isabel remembers, she has always loved warm, natural tones and textures; including rattan, wood and linens. When they initially started decorating, she leant into the popular grey home trend at the time; but as months passed, she realised neutrals really had her heart.  

“We did used to have a grey sofa and dining chairs. I feel like when you first get a house, you just impulse buy without really knowing and developing your own style, yet!”

When searching for inspiration and ideas, Isabel turns to home accounts on Instagram – as well as Pinterest and interior design books. These are great tools to get the creative juices flowing, and seeing what styles you’re attracted to the most.

Discovering our brand

Like many of our paint fans, Isabel stumbled across our brand whilst browsing Instagram. If not directly via our social platforms, a lot of avid decorators tend to see other homes using our paints and wallpapers, and gain curiosity. 

“I just loved the brand concept, and instantly fell in love with all their neutral collection. I ordered a number of the peel & stick samples, so I could see how they looked in different lights, for a couple of days. This was really helpful, as some of them didn’t go as well against my sofa; being either too similar in color, or different in tone.”

Isabel ended up choosing ‘Beige 03’, as she felt it was the perfect balance between light and dark – and most importantly, the best match for their sofa! This color is a soft, earthy beige, with notes of grey and yellow.

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