What the Great British Home means to me….

My Home Style is TOWIE GLAMOUR. Well, that’s if you believe the #GreatBritishHome “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style” quiz.

The unpacked cardboard boxes, 1970s blush bathroom suite and burgundy carpet tiles suggest otherwise. In reality, my Celebrity Home Style is more Vicky Pollard than Paris Hilton.

Home, for us, for now, is a work in progress.


We moved in over six months ago, full of ideas. We’d spent over a year looking for the right house. Nothing clicked, or rather nothing clicked that we could afford. (I’m discounting those other houses we fell in love with; the uninsurable one in a flood zone, the one suffering from major subsidence where the seller had literally papered over the cracks and the one where the sellers simply changed their minds. You know who you are).

Resigned to the prospect of having to do A LOT of work if we wanted our dream home, we opted for what we optimistically referred to as a project. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. A derelict workshop at the rear of a cottage in need of refurbishment filled us with inspiration. Double-height, the sunlight flooded through. We ignored the cobwebs, the damp and the lack of planning.

We saw the potential. Restored floorboards, a bespoke open plan kitchen with a mezzanine chill-out zone. Bi-folding doors leading to a conservatory, a terrace overlooking the west facing garden with its pleasing rural aspect. Ignoring the incipient smell of cow dung from the farm next-door, we visualised ourselves on our Tuscan-style patio, watching the sun setting over the distant downs.

That was a while back. Six months on, the barn is still full of cardboard boxes, mismatched remnants from two house moves and storage. We’ve yet to find an architect, apply for planning…in fact we haven’t really done much other than buy a lot of Ideal Home magazines and listen to re-runs of Grand Designs.

Right now, though, that hardly matters. I’m just enjoying having some space, a place that really is ours and that one day (soon hopefully) we’ll transform.

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

About sarah

Old enough to know better, still young enough not to care. Property lawyer, sometime developer, writer and mother, coffee lover and cat-napper. I blog about life as a mum in North Wilts.
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6 Responses to What the Great British Home means to me….

  1. All the very best with the transformation. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part.

  2. That’s such a beautiful space – I would have been seduced by the light flooding in and the height. No hurry to transform it, you will when your ideas crystallise and the time is right (but I do look forward to seeing what you do if you blog it ;)

    • sarah says:

      Thanks, yes it was the height and the sunlight that won me over. Love the idea of all that potentional….now just need to get down to the hard work!

  3. Nortonmum says:

    Good luck with your future plans, sounds exciting. : )

    • sarah says:

      Thanks. At the moment just shutting the door and pretending it’s not there, but no doubt the home design magazines will soon spur me into action!

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