Through The Keyhole – A Semi With Style

For as long as we can remember we have been following @kite_styling, and you’re about to become as addicted as we are. Beck Hanson’s home is wall to wall style and her distinctive flair for interior creativity is showcased in every room. Each space within her colourful rural semi flows seamlessly in to the next, and we just can’t get enough of it. 

 

Here she takes us on a virtual tour and talks to us all about herself, her home and what makes her happy.

Beck –  we are in love with your home, but first tell us a little bit about you.

I live with my partner of 24 years (aaaargh) and our chocolate Labradoodle Indy. I work freelance as an Interior and Props Stylist for photography which I love, as it’s always so varied and the freedom of being self employed is great. I enjoy getting outdoors for long dog walks, LOVE holidays (a benefit of not having kids) and spend a lot of time rummaging in antiques shops!

Wow, sounds perfect to us! Can you describe your home?

Our home is a 3 bed semi-detached. It is set on a hillside over looking Calder Valley, near Ripponden in Halifax (West Yorkshire). It was built in 1836 as a school for under privileged children. It’s built into the hillside on 3 floors and has great views over fields and the hills beyond. 

How idyllic, those views are stunning. How long have you lived in your home and what made you buy it? 

We’ve been in the house for almost 12 years. The main thing that drew us to it was the views and the fact we’re not overlooked at all.

The layout works really well for us too. It’s on 3 floors and has great open-plan living areas.

 What is the best home improvement that you’ve done? 

We recently made some improvements to the lower ground floor of the house, which consists of a living room, hallway and utility room. It’s long been on the list!

We had new wood flooring put down, in a herringbone style, which I’ve always admired. We also had reclaimed Victorian doors put on, in place of the cheap reproductions.

We fully redecorated the living room, using Farrow and Ball paint and paper but my favourite part is the honey-coloured metro tiles we added to the inside of the fireplace. They’re in-keeping with other original tiles in the house and really set the room off.

We totally agree! How would you describe your style? 

I’d say my style is quite eclectic. I love design from many different eras with varying provenance and I’m a big fan of colour. I’m definitely not a purest and love the challenge of bringing together different styles to make a space work.

What inspires you and the way you style your home?

Inspiration is so easy to access now, which is great, but it can also be expensive as I’m continually changing my mind and wanting to update things!

I can lose many hours trawling through Pinterest and Instagram and also love thumbing through interior magazines. The nature of my job means I’m continually faffing to create new and interesting compositions within rooms.

 

What is your favourite room in the house?

My favourite room right now is our lower ground floor sitting room. We waited a long time to update it and now it’s complete I love it. It’s a really cosy space and where we come together to relax. My other half runs his guitar pickup making business from home, which often results in stuff all over the place. This is the one room to escape any mess!

What is your most treasured interior item? 

I have an upcycled vintage glass display cabinet which I bought from Etsy shop, VintageTwistUK. It’s been painted in Annie Sloan Aubusson Blue and is beautifully elegant. Another reason I love it is because it means I can showcase my collection of vintage glassware and China!

Talk us through the original features in your home.

We’re lucky to have quite a few original features in the house. The ground floor has two fireplaces with original tiles, which are real features of the open plan space. The bedrooms upstairs have the original cast iron fireplaces, which are beautiful.

The lower ground floor still has the original Yorkshire stone flag flooring and the area in front of the hearth is worn away, as at one time it would have been the hub of the home.

Where are your favourite places to source items for your home?

It’s hard to short list as there’s so many amazing places to source homewares now, both high street and independents. In terms of high street, I think H&M Home are doing great things at the moment, particularly with their styling.

I love Trouva as they’re a great curator of beautiful things and I get my vintage fix from Mustard Vintage and Homeplace online. There are so many more I could mention!

What sort of things do you splash out on and where or how do you make savings?

I don’t tend to spend large amounts of money on home accessories as I’m quite fickle and like to change things around.

I obviously invest a bit more on items such as sofas and beds, which means I have to think them through a bit more and go with something that’s got longevity, not something I love just in that moment.

What is the best value item in your home?

It’s probably an old Ikea sofa we have in the reception room, we bought it for our first home and have had it ever since. It’s been discontinued, however there’s a company called Bemz that make replacement covers for lots of Ikea furniture. This means we can swap the colour of the fabric every few years to refresh it. 

What’s your favourite colour to use in your home décor?

My partner often mocks me that all our rooms are grey (different shades of). But I prefer to keep the predominant room colour neutral and inject colour through feature walls, textiles and accessories. Blue and green are a constant in most rooms, although pinks and mustards always seem to creep in too! 

What is your favourite account on Instagram?

There are so many inspirational accounts on Instagram but my favourite in terms of interiors is @enter_my_attic. I just love the colour combinations and seemingly effortless styling. 

What is on your wish list or what is your next interior project?

There are soooo many, but my next focus is the bathrooms. They desperately need updating. I just need to make a decision on what I want, distilled from the many Pinterest pins I have!

Are there any other interesting facts you’d like to share?

Well I’m very excited that my home is going to be featured in Style at Home mag early next year. Look out for that!

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