This Tattoo Artist’s UK Home Has Some of the Wildest Pattern Mixing We’ve Seen

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A room with green floral walls, a purple floral couch, and tiger print rug
Credit: Nicola Smith
Garden room

Name: Nicola Smith, partner Garin, and labrador Olive
Location: Andover, Hampshire, United Kingdom
Type of home: House
Size: 1500 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year 3 months, owned

Credit: Nicola Smith
Main bedroom 1

Tell us a little (or a lot) about your home and the people who live there: Our home was built in 1920, constructed of good solid materials. When we bought the property, we discovered unusual covenants meaning we can never open a brewery or a fish and chip shop on the property!

Credit: Nicola Smith

Nicola is a tattooist and interior designer, Garin is an IT director.

Credit: Nicola Smith
Landing and puppy

I identify as a strong female, as a heavily tattooed woman. I guess you could say that my home reflects my personal look — a lot of color and pattern.

Color and pattern makes my eyes happy. Bland and boring depresses me.

Credit: Nicola Smith

Describe your home’s style in 5 words or less: Maximalist, colorful, patterned, bold, and beautiful

What is your favorite room and why? I adore our bedroom. When we moved in, we decided to knock two bedrooms into one, creating a large space with an en-suite. We also knocked into the tiny crib room to create a walk-in wardrobe (for my clothes are as colorful as me and my home so they needed a room all to themselves!).

Credit: Nicola Smith
Main bedroom 2

What’s the last thing you bought (or found!) for your home? A gorgeous Wendy Morrison rug. We have a few of her gorgeous pieces in our home.

Credit: Nicola Smith
Big sitting room

Any advice for creating a home you love? Choose pieces you won’t tire of. Beautiful things that make your eyes happy. Buy well; quality goes a long, long way.

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