LuxeStyle is a lifestyle blog focused on designing an inspired luxe life, created by Jenny from Staffordshire, England.
I would love for you to get to know me a little better.
Some of my favourite things in the world: Italian food, handbags, singing to my favourite music at the top of my voice, and laughing until tears roll down my face.
I’ve always loved interiors and seeing how other people style their homes. I guess I’m just nosy – I love nothing more than looking inside other people’s houses!
Getting my own home was one of the best things I’ve experienced. Having a place to call my own and to decorate how I liked was incredibly exciting for me. I was also really happy to be moving in with my, at the time boyfriend, Dan. We had been managing a long distance relationship whilst I was at university studying for my Sociology degree and when I went back home to see my friends and family, as he lived in a different area, and it was such a relief to not have to travel to see each other anymore.
We got the keys to our first home in January 2011. Getting onto the property ladder is not easy and I still feel so incredibly lucky and blessed that we were fortunate enough to be able to achieve it in our early twenties. Getting your first home often involves compromising, and boy did we compromise in order to get a house! It’s very small and it needed a ridiculous amount of work doing to it. We literally worked with the bare bones of the house and the walls are pretty much the only thing we haven’t done anything major to, although having said that, we did knock down part of one wall, so even they didn’t escape our renovations. You can see the photos of how our home looked when we first got the keys here. Here’s our living room to whet your appetite. What a joy!
I was working in an office at the time and so I would go out to work in the daytime during the week and then help out at the house whenever I could. My Dad helped us such a lot with our project and he taught Dan so many DIY skills that we are both so grateful for.
We settled into our new home and gradually decorated and finished bits and pieces off as we went along. We’ve always known that this house won’t be our forever home, so we’ve never felt the need to get everything exactly as we would like it to be, but we’ve worked very hard to make it a lovely home all the same.
Dan and I got married in June 2013 and it was undeniably the happiest day of my life, a complete fairytale. We got married at the church where I was christened and where my Mum and Dad also got married, so a very special place to me, and then we had our reception at a lovely venue halfway between our home and the area where many of Dan’s family live, so the perfect spot!
We had our honeymoon in Santorini. It was extremely hot, scenic and very pretty. Our suite had a terrace with sunloungers and our own jacuzzi – heaven.
Even though these days were some of my happiest, they were also a difficult time for me. I won’t go into details, but what I will say is that I believe that everything happens for a reason. Going through a difficult time really tested this belief, but when I think about it now, it’s brought me onto a path where I have a job I enjoy and my blog that has been a joy to create – I don’t think either of these things would be in my life right now if things hadn’t happened the way they did. They say when one door closes, another one opens, and that has certainly been the case for me.
My journey has also created my new-found positive outlook on life. I previously struggled with being negative about things and being a terrible worrier. Whilst I still do worry about things, I’ve learnt that being positive and deciding that life is easy is life-changing. I really can’t recommend it enough.
I first created this blog in September 2015, as somewhere to document all the improvements we made to our home. I kept my blog completely to myself while I got to grips with what I was doing and I found the thought of showing other people my writing seriously daunting. When there are so many amazing blogs out there, I was worried what people might think of mine. In the summer of 2016, I finally saw sense and realised I should create social media channels for my blog and put it out there for everyone to see. So I took the plunge, and I haven’t looked back since.
By this point, I was really enjoying blogging and I had become very eager to expand the things I wrote about to include other subjects I felt very passionate about, in addition to my love of interiors. I had a yearning to turn my blog into something I truly adored and that was totally me, so in September 2016, I decided to bite the bullet and create the blog I was desperate to write. I completely revamped, rebranded and renamed my blog to turn it into the vision I had seen for so long. It turns out, it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made!
I’m passionate about beautiful interiors, creating a lifestyle that feels truly luxurious, and spreading a message that inspires others to create a home and life you adore. We all want a home and life we love with a large dose of luxe thrown in – so let’s create it!
To anyone who reads my blog, follows me on social media and leaves me comments – thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can’t tell you how much it means to me and equally how much it amazes me that people go out of their way to say such lovely things about my blog.
Thank you for joining me – I am delighted to have you here.