What’s the inspiration behind your home?
I’d forgotten how light the house was when we reclaimed it back from our last tenants. It’d been our first family home in Manchester, and the first home we’d bought. It’s always been a money-pit though, and we’ve never really fully achieved that ‘second home’ financial buffer that you’d expect people who own two homes to experience. I think because it was our first home – the place where we brought our first daughter home to – I was reluctant to let it go. That home had brought such a happy start to our family life, and I really treasured that. After 7 years of tenants, it was in a real need of some TLC. Here, I saw an opportunity to make it good again by turning it into an Airbnb, whilst also itching my interior design scratch.
It would need a new kitchen, bathroom, floors, plastering, carpets, windows, and all on a minimal budget. So, mainly, it is the budget that has inspired me! But, the natural brightness in the house is really lovely, and I’ve allowed myself to explore a sense of playfulness and experimentation that my husband doesn’t allow me to try out in our own home!