I love to feature highly creative individuals on my blog, and today I am talking to a woman who is so imaginative when it comes to her interior styling, that not only does her master bedroom house a stand–alone bath, but she took four days off work to stencil dalmatian print all over the walls of her spare room.
Meet Sarah Hubbard, also known by around 8,500 of you as @nudeandthenovice, via her vibrant and eye-catching Instagram account. Sarah, who is a self-confessed shop-a-holic (let’s face it, which interior decor obsessed person isn’t) resides in a three bedroom victorian terrace in Middlesborough with her family – partner Michael, stepson Taylor, and grown up son,Tom. She also has three dogs called Buster, Barney and Bobo and works as a social worker in adult care management in Leeds.
I asked Sarah if she would be interested in featuring in my blog, as I feel her style of combining clashing colours and out-there patterns is a real inspiration for all who find it difficult to make brave choices within their homes. She has successfully created spaces which simultaneously feel chaotic and calm, bold and feminine, and I wanted to know more about her design processes and why she is such a fan of eclectic decor.
Q – Firstly, your Instagram name, how did you come up with it?
A – Well, being a total Instagram newbie, I am also a novice. Nude pink is my favourite colour, so I just combined the two, and voila!
Q – Tell me about your home – how long have you lived there and what about the house made it stand out to you?
A – We bought the house in the summer of 2016 and it’s our first home together. It was a renovation project as the house was in a poor state and needed totally updating. At the first viewing I fell in love with the Victorian features, such as the high ceilings, mouldings, and the spacious rooms.
Q – What are some of the biggest changes you’ve made during the renovations?
A – Every room in the house needed decorating. The first major task was to update the bathroom which was a strange shape and had an impractical layout. We decided to turn it into a shower room, and I convinced Michael to put a small bath into the master bedroom instead. It took a lot of work and plumbing to facilitate this, but I do feel it makes a feature of the bedroom and adds a touch of luxury.
All of the rooms have now been decorated and we have just completed a budget kitchen makeover. I would have loved a brand new kitchen but as we aren’t intending to stay in this house forever, it didn’t make sense financially. So instead I decided to give the kitchen a revamp, by painting the existing cupboards, changing the handles, decorating and fitting a new sink.
Q – Tell me about your inspiration when it comes to interiors – how did you decide on such a distinctive style? Are there any trends you love but haven’t implemented?
A – I have always loved interiors and even as a child, I loved decorating my bedroom, then swapping rooms with my parents and brother so I could do it all again. My decorating process is fairly haphazard, I usually spot something and fall in love with it, like a vase, some artwork or wallpaper. I then base my entire idea around it which doesn’t always work out for the best, and has led to some decorating disasters! I am too impulsive at times and don’t really plan my ideas, but I also love this ‘free’ way of designing a scheme, and how when it all comes together, it’s so fun and playful.
When perusing through Instagram etc, I love the more neutral, minimalist trends and have tried to implement these in my home. The issue is that I just can’t stop adding things so it never stays minimal for long! I love the ‘thrown together’ look, where there are lots of clashing prints and colours, in fact the more clashing, the better.
Q – Do you have any favourite wallpaper and fabric stores?
A – I adore Harlequin wallpaper and have used two of their bold designs in my home. Their pink ‘Cranes in Flight’ paper adorns our bedroom walls and I love it. Graham and Brown also have great designs at reasonable prices.
Q – Do you have a favourite room and where do you all spend most of your time?
A – My favourite room is our bedroom, and since I’ve managed to squeeze a sofa and a bath tub into it, I tend to use it as a little self -contained flat. It’s very feminine with a muslin canopy over the bed and lots of throw cushions, which, since I am outnumbered by boys, I like to think of as my girly retreat.
Q – You have an amazing Instagram account. What rooms do your followers like the most and why do you think that is?
A – I started my Instagram account in December 2017, not really knowing what I was doing and I still struggle at times with uploading stories and being consistent with posting. I think my followers enjoy my exuberant style which isn’t to everyone taste as it’s quite bold and bright.
Q – What do you love most about the Instagram home community?
A – I really enjoy the sense of community – everyone is so positive and supportive of one another. I love to style a shot, upload it, and then feel a sense of achievement. My day job can be very stressful, as I deal with people in crisis, so Instagram is an important release for me.
Q – Tell me about some of your favourite stores for buying furniture and home accessories. I hear you love Homesense – any others?
A – I love to shop and Instagram has only fuelled my obsession! My favourite shop is Homesense where you’re guaranteed to go in and come out with something unique and inexpensive. I also love Anthropology, Rocket St George, Oliver Bonas and H&M, and can spend hours scrolling through their online stores, creating a wish-list.
Q – What is the your next project going to be?
A – I would like to finish the kitchen and then purchase a new dining table and chairs. I am considering giving my existing table a makeover, however, by spraying it gold. I have spotted some dining chairs on Amazon Home, which I might surprise Michael with, much to his dismay!
Q – What are the three things that really make a house a home for you?
A – I call my house ‘home’ because it’s full of the love of my family and our dogs, it’s colourful and fun and I always look forward to getting back to it after a long day.
I hope you have all enjoyed a tour around Sarah’s beautiful home, whilst getting to know her better.
You can see more of her gorgeous decor on Instagram by clicking here.
Until next time,