In September last year, my husband and I bought our first home together. A modest 1950’s, 3 bedroom semi-detached in much need of updating. Both my husband Adam and myself graduated from university with degrees in interior design, so I think it’s fair to say we both have keen interests in decor, and strong opinions as to how our house should look. While Adam is far more adventurous and quirky, I am much more traditional (and some may say safe) when it comes to the final design. I want my house to look like a home and not like a page from a magazine. I am inspired by all things vintage, and love the challenge of painting an old chair or recovering an outdated footstool. I am very much a follower of the “make do and mend” mantra, made popular in the 1940’s and 50’s, which ties into the era our house was built.
Staying true to our house, I wanted to include original elements, such as the fantastic clock we bought for our mantle piece, and the reading chair (a reproduction) that sits by our window. We also have in our dining room, a great cross stitched image of a flower, made by Marlene, the lady that lived in our house before us. Marlene and her husband Roy, lived in our house for 50years, and it means a lot to me knowing that we have such a unique and special link to our house’s past.
I have also become hooked on a programme called “Kirsty’s Homemade Home”. It gives fantastic ideas of how you can transform things from around the house and give them a new lease of life. That, combined with my obsession with Pinterest, has given Adam and I so many ideas, mixing my love off all things handmade, and Adams love of all things unique and quirky.
We have quite a way to go before our home is perfect, but I can look forward to many a weekend with my paintbrush, sewing machine or staple gun. With a little imagination, you can make anything just perfect for your personality, at a fraction of the cost of buying new. Come on Britain, lets make do and mend.