I'm Melanie and I live east of London, right by beautiful Epping Forest with my husband, dog and young son Jaxon.
For me, the design of space goes hand in hand with how I feel. Being in an uninspiring, bland place affects my mood. Therefore, the look of my home for me is so important. I want to feel as great about being in a room as I do wearing a killer dress. It needs to reflect my style, taste and personality and tell visitors 'this is who I am!'
My interest in interiors really reached obsession point when my husband and I brought our first home. I bulk brought all the top name interior magazines to get inspiration for how I wanted our new house to look, but quickly realised that I couldn't afford most of the interior looks & items I lusted after. I love a period setting - wall panelling, heritage paint colours, dramatic coving and salvaged radiators and fireplaces, but interiorly styled with current, cool, exciting products by Jonathan Adler, Tom Dixon, Lee Broom and Philippe Starck.
I was determined to fill my home with contemporary, on-trend, modern, quirky interiors. The only problem was the £££££. From that moment on I spent most of my waking hours trying to source, copy or re-create the look on a budget. DIY & decorating started to take over my life as I clambered to achieve a Livingetc. look for less.
A house move, combined with a baby and redundancy (I previously worked in the music industry my entire career life) gave me more scope to do LOADS more interior related projects, which resulted in people starting to comment on how I'd designed and put together my home. When I told them pretty much everything in it I'd made myself, or sourced it for a few pounds, was when people started asking me for advice on how they could do this themselves. I therefore decided to start this blog, and out of the blog came the business!
Thank you for reading! I really do appreciate it.
Love Melanie xx