Haus Guests:@victorian adventure take over our Instagram stories
Each month we invite the coolest Insta home accounts to take over our Instagram stories for one day only! January saw Annika and Rach of @victorianadventure hosting our stories with a stunning tour of their Victorian home. Why @victorianadventure? We’re loving Annika’s documenting of their renovation project. She shows the REAL DEAL. It’s not just perfectly styled room shots, it’s also the Reno realities behind the scenes day to day!
You guys loved it, with loads of you tuning in to see Annika’s house tour and her talk through their plans for each room. All I can say is… the dressing room is going to be Uh-mazing!
We had a quick catch up with Annika for some extra @victorianadventure goodness.
First things first, How old is your home?
Our home is Victorian, it was bit roughly around 1875 and was originally build for the Head Brewers as Burton is a major beer town!
Nice! How long have you and Rach lived there?
We moved in in Nov 2017, so a little over 2 years. In that time we have completed 7 rooms, got married and Rach has had 5 operations – so we have been busy!
WOW! You sure have! What made you want to buy this house in particular?
We had been looking to move house for over 2 years, our previous house was fine but we wanted the next step and only wanted to move once so it had to be right. I can’t tell you how many houses we looked at during that period, but Rach spotted this one on a Friday night RightMove scroll and on Saturday morning we were viewing it. I knew as soon as I walked into the hallway that I had to have it, we both loved period properties, it had plenty of room, we weren’t afraid of doing work ourselves and it just felt right. It had so many original features, ceiling roses, fireplace, cornicing and everything just clicked into place. It was ours by that Wednesday.
Amazing! I’m also a massive fan of original features, which is your favourite?
This is difficult! The woodwork around the staircase, the ceiling roses and the fireplaces I would have to say!
So can we have a quick reno plans update please?
The Study is due to be carpeted asap and then we start striping out the Dressing Room, once that is complete we are onto the last Guest Room. We are also hoping to get the downstairs toilet and all the hallway done this year also – quite a stretch but it allows us to start on the kitchen the following year – a year ahead of schedule.
You are making amazing progress! Which is your Favourite room so far?
A tough question, but I’m going to have to say the small bathroom with the roll top bath in. I think I finally found my style groove in there and was brave enough to take the chances with the tiles, and Rach was brave enough to trust me!
I agree, the different tiles work so well together! Which room you are most looking forward to transforming?
I want to say the dressing room because not having to live off messy, dusty, half broken rails will be a dream, but I honestly can’t wait to do the hallway. I’m itching to see if the original tiles are salvageable in the downstairs and I just know it’s going to be amazing when done.
Those stairs are going to look ridiculously good once they’re done! Which has been your favourite paint colour you’ve used?
Currently anything dark and moody. I love F&B Railings (although we have only colour matched around the house) because it is dark but warm and reflective of the colours it surrounds. I am a sucker for a good navy though too!
Colour matching with a more affordable brand is a great Reno tip! Definitely stealing that one! Ok last “favourite” question. Which is your favourite interior item?
These questions are so hard! The sideboard in the lounge I think, I felt like I was a proper grown up when we bought it, its a classic design with detailed doors and I fell like it will be a piece I will always love and be able to move around the house dependant upon my tastes at the time.
You have a lot of gorgeous pieces to choose from! For all of our fellow reno followers What would be your top reno tip?
DO NOT PANIC. Break everything down into small manageable lists and then just do one thing at a time. You will soon find that you’ve ticked off tonnes and done more than you thought you would. Planning and preparation are key and will save you so much time in the long run.
I completely agree. I take so many tips from your account for my own reno!
Get the look of Annika and Rach’s bedroom at Haus of Hyde with the
What did you enjoy most about the Haus Guest takeover?
It was great fun interacting with your followers, and I really enjoyed showing everyone that not every house that looks shiny in the pictures is like that behind the scenes!
I love that you show the other side of your home! It’s so refreshing to see, sometimes Instagram can make you feel like you just can’t keep up! What account would you love to see become a Haus Guest?
It’s so difficult to pick, currently major crushing over @pebbles_and_peanuts and @our_edwardian_home at the moment
Thanks Annika and Rach, we really enjoyed having @victorianadventure as our Haus Guests and we can’t wait to see more of your renovations!
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