My house tour featured on Houzz

The lovely Lauren from Houzz asked to pop over a few weeks ago to take some photos of our home and do a little interview about our house renovation project. She and photographer, Noah Darnell, stopped by just as we were serving pancakes, the kiddos still in their pyjamas. They snapped these photos before taking photos of the rest of the house, and I love that they captured the Saturday pancake ritual in our home. (Usually I am in my pyjamas too, of course! But still!)

If you would like to see photos of our home on Houzz and read about our renovation, you can click here. Thank you Houzz for the feature!

x Courtney

(All photos by Noah Darnell)

19 COMMENTS - Add your own

1. Esther in Amsterdam | January 7, 2014 | Reply

Such nice photos!!!! (And such a cute family!) xxx

2. Rachel | January 7, 2014 | Reply

Mmmmm beautiful house. Where are the Pj’s from?

3. Courtney in London | January 7, 2014

Hi Rachel,
Thanks so much. The PJs are from Hanna Andersson:

4. Gina | January 7, 2014 | Reply

Gorgeous home and family :) love your always matching pj’s kids

5. Mary | January 7, 2014 | Reply

Beautiful. Beautiful. Beautiful! Love it! x

6. Bea | January 7, 2014 | Reply

Stunning house, so cosy and bright! It looks like a very lived in, and loved, home, which is so refreshing. I admire the personal touches throughout, especially the painting in your dining room of your children. If you don’t mind me asking, is it a commission piece from a local artist, or a canvas print?

7. Brimful | January 7, 2014 | Reply

Even though I’ve seen your home featured elsewhere, this particular tour really came across as wonderfully cozy and real. You have done such a wonderful job creating a home that is beautiful and functional! xoxo

8. kath | January 7, 2014 | Reply

I absolutely love your house! I looked at the article on Houzz, and must know, the mustard velvet sofa – did you have it upholstered? In that case, where did you get the fabric?
Thanks :-)

9. Courtney in London | January 8, 2014

Hi Kath,
Thanks for your lovely comments. The yellow sofas were given to us from a friend, so I don’t know where she bought them. Sorry I can’t be more helpful! x

10. Esther | January 7, 2014 | Reply


Lovely photos…but as a European living in States, one of the first things I noticed and truly valued (don’t laugh), is that you and your hubby were eating with a fork and knife! Even after 20 years of living in the States, I cannot not eat continental-style.

My twin boys are just 8 months older than Ivy and recently started to teach them to eat that way, too. Just like what I see in the photos with the boys…

Would love to hear or see a post on the cultural differences that you are experiences in London versus the States—not that one is better than the other and vice versa…just different in many ways, right?

11. Courtney in London | January 8, 2014

Hi Esther,
It’s an interesting point indeed! It’s funny because after ten years of living in London, I still feel most natural eating the American way (without a knife in my hand!). I think it’s all the years I was told to sit with my left hand in my lap!!
But… we are trying to make an effort to eat with a knife and fork because our children are asked to eat that way at school, and all the parents have been asked to encourage our children to eat properly.
Anyway, I’ll see if I can write up a post about it. It’s always tricky to strike the right chord with issues like this. :) xx

12. Esther | January 8, 2014 | Reply

I completely understand, Courtney! This is not the place to mistakenly offend anyone–that is not the intention of this at all. It’s simply cultural differences, that is all. It’s just something that I find so interesting.

My husband is American, my boys are half and half but born here in the United States. They speak Hungarian, too. although my husband does not speak a word of it! I only speak to the boys in my native languages–so you can imagine our house and our dinner conversations!

And yes, my dear hubby sits with his left hand in his lap while I am trying to teach the kids to never cut with a fork and have your left hand on the table up to the wrist, holding a knife. :) It’s all good—that’s the beauty of a bi-cultural family, I suppose! Or one like yours, too.

Have an amazing afternoon! We are off to school after a 3-week break! Yey!

13. Christy | January 8, 2014 | Reply

I loved seeing photos of your beautiful house. What an ordeal your remodel must have been, but definitely worth it in the end. It is so fun to see the different ways people can bring their own personal touches to a living space. I love how you are able to corral all the toys and kids things – it makes the rooms look so open and inviting. It has inspired me to do a major winter purge and keep only the things we really love.
Also, the dining table is gorgeous! What a stunning piece. Thank you for sharing a bit of your home with us.

14. Courtney in London | January 8, 2014 | Reply

Thank you everyone for your kind words about my home. It really means so much to hear such nice feedback. It feels so vulnerable to open up our house and show the little nooks and crannies. And I appreciate the kind feedback. Thank you all. xxx

15. Karen | January 9, 2014 | Reply

I love your house, and I follow you on instagram. Something just struck me lately and I was wondering do you have a TV? I never see any posts of your children watching and just wonder if you don’t have one was that a conscious decision?

16. Courtney in London | January 10, 2014

Hi Karen,
Thanks for your comment. We DO have a TV, but it lives inside a cupboard hidden away and that cupboard is hardly ever opened. My children have never watched normal television. The only time our TV is turned on, is on the rare occasion they watch a movie, usually an old Disney classic.
It is a conscious decision we’ve made not to watch television in this house, and I really believe our children are better off without the influence of television and commercials in their lives. But I suppose this is a whole new topic… and I have such strong opinions about it (I got myself into trouble the other night while out with other mum friends!)… so I am learning to keep my mouth shut on this topic. :) xxx

17. Lisa | January 9, 2014 | Reply

Hi Courtney

Could you tell me the colour grey you used in your kitchen? It’s exactly what I’m looking fo.

Thanks Lisa

18. Courtney in London | January 10, 2014

Hi Lisa,
We mixed the colour grey to come up with a unique colour. At the time, Farrow & Ball didn’t offer the right colour, so we mixed some colours in to find the right one. (I had a difficult time finding a grey that was warm enough and one which matched the grey in the marble.) Sorry I can’t be more helpful! x

19. fiorella | January 10, 2014 | Reply

re: TV at home, I think it would be very interesting to have a post and a conversation about it.