Tigerlilly Quinn: Home Truths

Friday, 2 January 2015

Home Truths


As many of you may know Tom and I are fortunate enough to own our home. It's been very much a 'fixer-upper' and although there have been many times I've wished we had moved into a place that didn't need quite so much love, it's also been very rewarding to see how far we have come.

In the early weeks of buying our house we had to re-level the floors and as we were working with a very limited budget we could only pay for bits and bobs as and when we could. There was a point when our living room consisted of a concrete floor, a plastic chair, a desk chair and a portable TV on a box. It was also a strange time as Tom and I had only been together for 18months and it felt like quite a big commitment for our age (I was 24). That being said we were already very committed to our life and future together and it was exiting to be planning a home that we would one day raise a family in.

One of the challenges about having a limited budget and a house to do up is that you have to be quite inventive. As such, lots of our rooms home special memories, where friends have mucked in to re-do our kitchen or paint walls and the vintage furniture we gave new life to. It's really quite special to walk around our house and realise we've made it become a home.

I love thinking about the stories house can tell, the events that happen in them the people that grow up in them. This will always be the house that my son was born in which is a pretty emotional thing to think about.

Channel 4 are working with British Gas to create a series of Home Truths videos. Tom and I love these kind of shows about interiors and people's lives. They are all really interesting and some quite moving but my favourite was this one about a couple living on a narrow boat. If I wasn't such a horder of 'stuff' this would be such a wonderful space to live in!



What do you think of the series?

In associate with British Gas

60 comments:

Lily said...

It's our dream to own our own narrowboat. It's so difficult to find the finance though :( We lived on a barge a year ago and it's weird having to get rid of so much stuff, but it's funny how quickly it creeps back into your life again! Your house is beautiful <3 x

AlexanderResidence said...

I think we should all be more honest about our spaces - it makes great reading and viewing!

Wild & Grizzly said...

Ooh I've not seen this series but living on a barge is quite a cool way to look at home owning. Paul really wants to get a house of our own this year so that will be interesting to see if we can achieve it! Love that you guys have done so much to your home x

India Benjamin said...

I would love to own my house, I live in a dingy rented flat and I can't wait to get out! www.abeautifulmess.com has the most PERFECT DIY things you can do around the house, all quite easy but the results are stunning and they're all cheap :)

India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

Claire said...

I love knowing the stories to houses too. In the pub the other night a friend was telling me how she used to play in my current house when she was a child. It was strange to think of other's living here before us. I smile when I drive past the house where my mum was born. So lovely to tell Wilf he was born there. :-) x

Joanne Claire said...

I love this apron, it's so true!
http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/queen-of-the-kitchen-apron/fp612/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=1088#colour:,size:

Helen G said...

Barley Twist Floor Lamp

Sheri Darby said...

Natural Seagrass Mat

Deborah Hambleton said...

love the Helsinki corner wardrobe

Victoria B said...

Set of 3 butterfly Candles

samantha nickells said...

The four way pan..what a fab idea!

Jayne Mortimer said...

Corner Shelf Unit

Ellie Spider said...

Elsie Patchwork Print Bedspread Set is gorgeous

Wry Mummy said...

I love shows about houses, so thanks for highlighting this series. It's lovely how you and Tom have made so many memories in your home. I was really sad to leave the house where I had my babies but we needed more space! Happy new year!

Kay Panayi said...

Butterfly candles

elainehollis said...

owl knitting bag

Jane Frampton said...

Royal Doulton crystal wine glasses

SUSAN L HALL said...

Super Slim 5 Drawer Unit I have been looking for a unit to go in my bathroom for ages but they were all too wide this looks perfect

Gill Colling said...

I love the king size easy wash comforel duvet 10.5 tog,

Kayleigh said...

http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/fir-wood-wide-trellis-planter-bogof/go658/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=1037#colour:,size:

The Owl and the Accordion said...

What a great mini series! Their boat was beautiful, so light and airy - I definitely fancy the idea of being able to just pack up and sail off whenever you feel like it!

Liz Ferguson said...

Doulton crystalware!

Karen said...

http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/v-a-poppy-field-quilted-throw/uw691/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=2094 Love this x

paige said...

I adore the owl knitted bag so cuddlyxx

Noisette said...

The Country Check Throws - they look so stylish and warm!

Caroline Howard said...

The book rest cushion is genius!

Lisa Brandling said...

the book chest of drawers is awesome.

simon hardy said...

2 seat lovers chair

Penelope Hewitt said...

I love the Dressing table caddy

Kooky said...

The owl bag for sure :)

Anita Roberts said...

http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/silver-carousel/xw937/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=1120#colour:,size:

Clare Scanlan said...

I love the Poppy Dinner Set 8 Pieces

Krystina bowman said...

This lamp is gorgeous & would match my bedroom perfectly!

http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/crystal-effect-touch-lamp/kv744/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=2094#colour:,size:

Tracey Tedford said...

love the Italian stretch shoes

Celia said...

Love the tartan duvet set!

juliebooth said...

I love this make up caddy http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/dressing-table-caddy/xw524/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=2094#colour:,size:

Kelly Webb said...

Love this! http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/chess-board-throwover/me727/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=1445#colour:,size:127X152

Stacey Kavanah said...

love this duvet set http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/vanessa-duvet-cover-set/fp128/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=2094#colour:,size:

laura redburn said...

ahh, my dad used to live in a barge! he had a cat too, somehow. haha! i definitely think that putting that much work into your home definitely helps you feel prouder of it :)

sonseyface said...

Tartan duvet set for me!

Pauline Black said...

poppy dinner set is lovely!

z.g said...

i like poppy dinner set too

catriona said...

Love the set of 3 butterfly candles

Jessica Newman said...

I love the stay put bath robe

Clare Parker said...

Tartan Duvet Set xx

anneka hulse said...

Woodland Touch Lamp

Jackie Allum said...

Clamp On Sun Shade

Christine Constable said...

The 2 Seater Lovers bench http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/2-seater-lovers-bench/cx196/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=9345#colour:,size:

Nicola Holland said...

The Owl Bag is so pretty!

Monica Gilbert said...

The laundry bin seat is so clever.

Lucy carter said...

I like the woodland touch lamp

Heather said...

I love the green dome lampshade http://www.houseofbath.co.uk/shop/dome-shaped-easyfit-lampshade/fp286/product/details/show.action?pdBoUid=2094#colour:,size:

Siobhan Lucy said...

The owl bag!

Jacqui Rushton said...

The tartan duvet set

anita hargreaves said...

Won't jinx myself by looking x

Harley Richardson said...

Love the tartan duvet cover!

ella said...

I like their Corner Shelf Unit

Jen Stanbrook said...

Some lovely images here Fritha, love the necklace! x

Laura Rocksteady said...

Oh I would love love love to live on a houseboat - I know you really have to de-clutter your life to do it but what a blissful way to live


Laura x

Adele Jarrett-Kerr said...

Those baubles are amazing! I've scrolled back a few times to look at them again!

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