Step inside this beautifully decorated dark yet arty & joyful Victorian home
We are so excited to start off our first ever PropTour with the lovely Nikki who has been documenting her renovation journey on Instagram @wakeupinworthing Nikki takes you on an insightful tour of her lovely home so be sure to click on the take a tour video or buttons. 🙌
Name: Nikki @wakeupinworthing
Location: Worthing, England
Home Type: Mid Terrace Victorian
How long have you lived here? 9 Years
Tell us about your home and the people who live there 🏡🐕🦺
I'm Nikki and I live in a mid terrace Victorian property built circa 1908. We moved to Worthing, on the south coast, coming up to 9 years ago. The property is typical for its time period; long and narrow, and with a modest square footage for a family home.
I live here with my husband, two young boys, our dog Rupert, and my step daughter when she comes to stay.
When we moved in, though structurally sound, the property was very lacking in love. Some of the key period features such as the original fire place, had been covered up and every room had very dated wallpaper and carpet which needed to be replaced. So we got to work with the aesthetics straight away.
Over time, we have converted the loft to give us a fourth bedroom. But more importantly; another zone in which we can retire to in the evening and watch the sun go down.
We have also renovated the kitchen. Changing the layout to block up the original side passage way exit, and adding doors directly onto the garden instead.
In 3 words how would you describe the style of your home?
My style has developed with time as I became braver with adding colour and very bespoke decor to my taste. In three words; maximalist (with a minimalist twist) bold, and arty.
What room is your favourite and why?
It’s hard to determine which room is my favourite, as they all have a different style. But in terms of footflow and use, I think I would have to pick the kitchen. It was such an unbelievably dark space before we renovated. Now, without an extension, we have created a bright workable room with a unique seating area at the end to really enjoy.
Do you have any tips or advice for creating a dream home?
If I was to provide any advise from my experience thus far, it would be the following:
Firstly - don’t hold back. For years I was concerned with retail value by adding colour and personalising my space. But then something inside of me changed. No matter whether you are a fellow colour lover, or prefer more neutral scandi styles; be true to what you enjoy. It is your space that you live in day to day and you shouldn’t be afraid to personalise it to your taste. Everything I have done can be undone if necessary. But as I am in the present, I want to make my house my home.
Secondly - and this is something I’m trying to do more of, think about the vibe you want to create in each room. Do you want a bright, bold, lively zone. Or a more calming muted space in which to relax. Because my house is quite small, I try to add uniformity where I can to make the rooms flow between one another. For example: although my sitting room and dining room are dark and my kitchen is light, I have consciously kept the flooring the same and tried to tie in certain decor or colours to make the whole downstairs space come together.
Perhaps the most important tip though is to have fun! Size really doesn’t matter. You can add style to the smallest of places. It’s all about doing what you want to do, not what you feel you should. Not everyone is going to like what you like and try hard to embrace that :)
Follow Nikki on Instagram @wakeupinworthing for more Victorian interior inspiration 🙌