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At home with Homes

At home with Homes

So, today Homes Under the Hammer screened – pretty much bringing a new meaning to the word cringe (nothing like a severe haircut to bring out your femininity). Still, at least the full horror of 109 ‘before’ has been captured in Technicolor glory, along with a visual reminder of just how tired you can look...
Apartment Therapy shocker!

Apartment Therapy shocker!

    When husband entered 109 into Apartment Therapy’s Small Cool contest, I thought we had a hope in hell of being selected. But turns out his endless positivity was justified when “Andy’s Twice the Size” made it on to their website (I should point out Apartment Therapy wrote the headline). There are so many...
House tour - 109

House tour – 109

Here are some pics of 109, including the good, the bad and the tiny! (Click here to see how it looked before.)  
Check out that rack

Check out that rack

Seems I’m not going to get past my urge for antlers anytime soon. I found this pair in a rootin tootin huntin store in Texas, called Gander Mountain. For just $20 hunters can clack these plastic antlers together to lure unsuspecting stags to an untimely end. That’s if the decoys, calls and liberally applied deer...
Diner delight

Diner delight

Just celebrated the completion of our new kitchen by knocking out the collapsing pantry cupboard that was far too deep to be of any real use and turning the leftover alcove into a dining spot for two. All it took was a day of plastering, some new skirting and a couple of litres of paint....
Cooking with gas

Cooking with gas

    Three months ago, water dripped through nicotine-stained artex and bare wires hung from the ceiling. £800 later and we’ve created a smaller version of 93′s kitchen that sits perfectly in our 61sqm diamond in the rough.
Hello, sunshine

Hello, sunshine

After taking flak from friends about how much white we’d used at 93, husband and I had vowed to add more punch to our palette at 109. Somehow though, we had once again ended up with white walls and wooden floors, despite several experiments with painted 3D wallpaper (since labelled a disaster by husband). So...
Floor wars

Floor wars

  Having scorned my suggestion of vinyl planks for the floor at 109 (what can I say, the budget was starting to pinch), husband put forward the case for a hardwood floor. Having seen the price tag, I put forward the case for a laminate floor. (That’s right, we know how to have fun on...
Internal monologue

Internal monologue

  When we bought 109, it didn’t have much going for it. Nicotine-stained walls, dark rooms and patches of damp were just some of the reasons there was only one other bidder at the auction. But for me the biggest downside was its internal bathroom. It was so gloomy I could only just make out...
Window woes

Window woes

As if blood-red paint wasn’t depressing enough, every one of 109′s windows was covered with lead. According to our glazier, removing lead lets in another 30% light. It’s not a fun job – after peeling the lead strips off, you have to run a Stanley knife over the glass at a 30-degree angle to get rid...
On your marks

On your marks

The grim beginnings of 109 – if only these snaps were scratch and sniff, so you could get the full picture! Enough to put the most hardened of smokers off smoking…