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