Home Sweet Home – #GreatBritishHome Challenge

‘Wherever I lay my hat that’s my home.’ beautiful song by Paul Young which I listened to over and over again in the 80’s which ties in very well with yesterday’s 80’s fashion blog post I’m not sure I’m so flighty these days, my home is the house we’ve been living in for the past three years now and to make it a home is an ongoing process which sometimes seems never ending but 

I love my home.

It’s the place where I spend my best time with my favourite people. It’s the place I collect my treasures, some I display proudly for the world to see, others are just for me, maybe in a cupboard or a drawer but looking at them brings back instant fun memories.

random crap


It’s the place I decide how it looks, husband has a bit of input too but he usually goes along with what I’m thinking, if it was for him he’d quite happily live with the walls and flooring we inherited from the previous owners but there’s something about ‘Putting your stamp on’ that excites me, it’s the getting it done that’s a drag.

decorating hall

I want my home to be inviting so whoever walks in through the door feels at home, they can kick their shoes off if they wish or keep them on – I’m not a stickler on that rule plus I have wooden floors downstairs which makes it much easier to keep clean.


The Victoria Plumb quiz I had a go at which decided I am a glamour puss and TOWIE girl through and through made me laugh at first but there is an element of truth in that.

I cannot deny I like beauty, I love looking at beautiful things, owning beautiful things and surrounding myself in a beautiful environment. Sometimes my desire for beauty is way out of my pay packet so I try to achieve the look as best I can but I am a learner, an interior designer in the making *ahem* but if not a future Kelly Hoppen then maybe a good homemaker will do.

watering flowers in the garden


I find the one thing against me and my dreams of a beautiful home is time and DIY skills, ok that’s two things. This year we have already completed the guest room and are currently working on the hallway, possibly the biggest ‘room’ which isn’t a room, I just need to finish painting the woodwork and there’s masses of it – 8 doors and a wooden staircase. Plus it’s taking THREE coats, I am so tempted to get a painter in to finish the job I can tell you. This is the bit I have done though – carefully photographed leaving the unpainted door out of sight ;)

hall makeover project

Our biggest job will be opening up downstairs. This will need fitting a new bathroom and a new kitchen too, if I can get the plans passed a utility room for the washing machine and the dishwasher, the ironing basket and all manner of randomness. There will be sliding doors onto the patio which will make another outdoor living area too, I can’t wait for this particular dream to come true as it will change how we live offering much more interaction whilst I am cooking too, I can keep an eye on the girls doing their homework – multitask!

So my #GreatBritishHome is an ongoing labour of love, a work in progress and now I must leave you to go and paint another coat of white on my woodwork.

Disclosure: This post is an entry for the #GreatBritishHome Challenge sponsored by Victoria Plumb, a source of quality bathrooms for every type of home. Take its “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style?” quiz to discover what your home says about you. 




  1. I love polka dots
    April 24, 2014 / 3:33 PM

    Ha ha ha ha, I love this bag!

  2. April 24, 2014 / 4:27 PM

    A beautiful lady like you deserves a beautiful home and looks like you are already there to me but always fun to keep it a work in progress too. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

    • April 24, 2014 / 9:54 PM

      Ha ha thank you Kate for your lovely compliments as always, I hope you are having much joy in home making too right now ;)

  3. April 24, 2014 / 9:56 PM

    Yay, I’m in team glam too – my house doesn’t know yet… ;)

    Love the transformation of your hallway. It looks lovely x

  4. May 6, 2014 / 8:23 PM

    Lots of exciting projects going on. 8 doors on your hallway! Your home must be huge! I love the fact your home looks so warm and welcoming with all the photos, the flowers, the pretty sign. Mel

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