This English Bungalow Is Where “Barbiecore” Meets “Polly Pocket”

published Jul 20, 2023
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This English Bungalow Is Where “Barbiecore” Meets “Polly Pocket”

published Jul 20, 2023
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 It’s hard to believe it now, but when content creator Helen Ainley and her videographer husband, David (and pup, Cubby), moved into their colorful two-bedroom bungalow in Yorkshire, England, they quickly regretted their decision. 

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Credit: Helen Ainley

Seven years ago, when the couple initially toured the 1960s home, it was love at first sight — even if it was smaller than they had hoped for and needed some updating. But after moving in, they discovered lots of damp, black mold. 

Credit: Helen Ainley

“Initially, we regretted buying it, but after lots of research, we had an air circulation system installed, which cured the problem, and we commenced the first round of renovations,” Ainley writes. 

Credit: Helen Ainley

It might’ve been the black mold or the lack of space, but quickly, the couple started making changes — the first being adding color. “Think Barbiecore x Polly Pocket,” Ainley says of the colors in their 800-square-foot home. “We’re particularly drawn to pastels, which started with the installation of our pale pink kitchen cabinetry.” 

Credit: Helen Ainley

Since moving in, Ainley’s continued to beautify the space, including adding on to their existing living room, planting tropical plants in their south-facing garden, and tiling several rooms (Ainley’s proudest DIY project!) — among many updates. 

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Credit: Helen Ainley

PAINT & COLORS

Credit: Helen Ainley

LIVING ROOM

Credit: Helen Ainley

KITCHEN

  • Milano Contour Ermine Kitchen in Rose Matt — Wren Kitchens
  • Swan retro slimline fridge-freezer — Swan
  • Swan retro espresso machine — Swan 
  • Marius rattan wall shelf — Tikamoon
  • Wallpaper “Palm Peach” — Lucy Tiffney
  • EKENABBEN open shelving unit — IKEA
  • Smeg ’50s retro kettle — ao
  • Smeg ’50s retro toaster — ao
  • Artwork — Modern Print Studio, Mauve & Mocha
  • Gingham utensil holder — Sass & Belle
  • Mugs — Urban Outfitters UK & Anthropologie
  • Ancona hummingbird vintage kettle — eBayUK
  • Tableware — Anthropologie
Credit: Helen Ainley

BEDROOM

Thanks, Helen!

This tour’s responses and photos were edited for length/size and clarity.
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