Amanda Cottingham’s home is a treasure trove of contemporary furniture, clashing prints and Instagrammable corners. There’s a perfect balance between colour and pattern, with just the right amount of bold hues and calm neutrals keeping the space interesting and light. In this home tour Amanda shows us around her creative, eclectic space and inspires us with her love of colour and print.
Lucky really, as Amanda’s day job is as a lifestyle and interiors blogger over at Ana Mum Diary, where she regularly inspires her readers with decorating ideas for family-friendly homes. As a co-editor for the travel blog We Blog Travel, it’s no surprise that Amanda’s home features plenty of accessories she’s sourced on adventures around the world, which is another element of Amanda’s home which brings it to life.
“I live in a town near Nottingham in a detached four bedroom house which is around 20 years old,” says Amanda. “When we first moved in it was a magnolia box with no personality, but I don’t think there’s anything left now of the original decoration.”
“Without doubt my style is eclectic. I’m like a magpie – collecting different things that catch my eye. My favourite is vintage and mid-century styles, but I love to mix all of that up with modern trends too. I’m a real fan of colour and metallics and I think the only looks I could never really embrace are minimalism and monochrome.”
Earlier this year Amanda revealed her beautiful new summerhouse at the end of the garden which is a haven of relaxation. “It’s definitely a retreat for me in the day,” explains Amanda. “In the afternoon though, it gets taken over by my daughters and their friends!”
Working from home means Amanda’s desk space is a really important area, but without an separate room as an office she explains that she had to think creatively. “My office is in my living room at the far end so it’s important the style’s integrated into the room. This was actually really tough to achieve. It was when I decided to surround myself with my collection of interiors magazines and vintage accessories that I eventually got it to work. It’s an inspiring area for me to work in.”
“Because I travel quite a lot I chose a console table with a display shelf to keep travel memories on. It’s here I display things like Tanzania shillings, a silver spaghetti charm from Florence and an olive wood Rosary from Israel. I’m also a little obsessed with photography and cameras, so I keep those there too.”
When it comes to recreating this style in your own home the tip is to be true to what you like, according to Amanda. “If you love it, go for it. I think all homes should be filled with personality, so whether that’s a style or a particular accessory or piece of furniture then start with that and work your room around it.”
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