Hello, I’m Nicola, a Northerner who has found herself living in Somerset. Renovating a 1980’s house with my husband Craig (a welshman!) with very little money or DIY knowledge, striving to create a stylish and practical family home.
If you spend your days swooning over massive extended houses on Insta, this might not be the place for you. Our house isn’t massive and we are renovating room by room, pay check to pay check.
Even though I only work part time now, childcare costs for two children mean that I basically work for free, so our budget is none existent. Luckily, we’re pretty savvy shoppers, aren’t afraid of a bit of DIY and love a good upcycle. We are learning everything as we go and inevitably making a few mistakes along the way!
I’m also Mammy to 2 year old Dilys & Baby Edwyn (yes, they’re going to have funny accents) who are gorgeous but are massively slowing down the renovation efforts!
When it comes to interiors, I have an eclectic taste, loving everything from industrial, to mid century, to shabby chic. I don’t really ever stick to one style. If I like something, I just go for it!
I have always longed for a Victorian House or a beautiful home with period features but in this area, budget wouldn’t allow. So we’re embracing our 1980’s home & it’ll look fab when complete.