SH: Which is your favourite room?
GW: The kitchen. We spend a lot of time in there, cooking and working, and the French doors into the garden are great for the dogs and for when we have guests round. I’d also underestimated how much I would appreciate the breakfast bar.
SH: Where do you go to find home inspiration?
GW: Obviously Instagram and Pinterest are great places to start. We travel around the country a lot, so I’m often visiting little independent shops in places like York to find bits and pieces. I bought quite a few items before we had the house, and when we moved in it all came together really well.
As well as using Pinterest, I also created a real-life mood board by cutting out things I liked from home magazines.
SH: Tell us about your colour scheme?
GW: I decided to keep the colour scheme quite neutral with greys and creams, so that I can bring in different colour accents. It makes it easy to transform the house in different seasons – for example in winter I’ll change the cushion covers, light lots of candles and introduce flowers in more festive colours.
SH: Do you have any decorating tips for other Taunton owners?
GW: I would definitely recommend visiting a Taunton show home to get a good idea of the layout and size of the rooms – this will help you see which furniture will work in which room.
My advice is to shop around and buy bits and pieces that you like – don’t worry too much about how it will all fit together as you can make it work. I have shelves displaying accessories that are all from different shops and I’m constantly swapping them around.
Retailers I love include Oliver Bonas, Laura Ashley and Anthropologie. I also like MADE and found our glass coffee table there. I’m always out for a bargain so I’ve found some lovely accessories in places like TK Maxx too.
SH: How do you use Instagram to showcase your Taunton?
GW: My Instagram (@gaylewray) ended up becoming a home inspiration type of account as I was keen to share images of our house coming together. I post the types of things that I enjoy seeing on other people’s accounts, and it’s great to have followers engaging with my posts and messaging me to ask where certain pieces are from.
I take most of the photos on my phone – a Samsung Galaxy S8 – ensuring that the lighting is consistent and shows the interiors in the best light. I also use the VSCO app to edit the images before posting them.