Do you remember your house hunting experience? Have you ever walked into a house or apartment and thought: "There is no way I could live here..."
Of course, if it is the size of it (and no opportunity or money to extend) or location there is not much you can do. However, I find so many people are put off by the look and feel of the property and struggle to see past the current decor.
I would always say that if the property ticks the boxes that are out of your control (location, neighbours, schools, etc) the rest can be changed. And it is often a great opportunity to put your own unique stamp on the property and make it suit your lifestyle and needs.
To me, nothing beats those type of projects. Taking an unloved, tired, dated and neglected for years property and transforming it is a challenge I'd always happily rise to.
And it is not always about spending mega money. It is about seeing the potential, knowing where to spend and where to save and having an eye for those small details that make all the difference.
Take this small cottage in a prime location in a very picturesque part of Surrey. It was a classic example of what years of neglect can do to a property. It looked dated, drab and totally uninspiring.
The layout, the colours, the furniture - everything felt wrong... The owners were a lovely young couple who after years of renting the property out wanted to finally move in and enjoy their new home. They knew they wanted something dramatically different but needed help.
We opened up the ground floor space by taking down a couple of walls, put in the new kitchen and bathroom, changed the flooring throughout, created some flexible lighting on the ground floor and redecorated throughout peeling off the layers of ghastly colours and glossy paint.
We wanted to create that relaxed, soft Scandi-inspired look using a palette of soft blue/green/greys, mid-tone wood and the furniture and accessories that actually fit the space. The main part of the project has been finished but it is still work in progress with lots of furniture that we have selected still to arrive. And then it is down to adding those finishing touches - art and family pictures on the walls, comfy throws, rugs, lots of greenery, brass accents to add some warmth and lots of candles... What's there not to like now? This is more my kind of home...