my om pom home

My home is lived in and messy most of the time.  It seldom looks as clean and tidy as this!  Although I love styling it, the main criteria is that it’s as eco as I can make it.  It’s energy comes from Ecotricity, the greenest energy supplier in the UK.  They use solar and wind and plough all their profits back into building more turbines and panels. We were one of their very first customers many years back now.  The house is also super insulated and almost every thing in it has been designed and made by Dan or myself.

I don’t have a dishwasher, but I love my Indian washing up bowl.

 

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I store the washing-up liquid in an old sangria bottle, complete with castanets, that we bought back from one of our trips to Ibiza.

 

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We don’t have wall units.  Glass shelves instead.

 

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The kitchen diner faces south.  On the back wall there are mirrors running the complete length top to bottom.  They are old wardrobe door mirrors that we found in a front garden awaiting a skip and not only do they make the room seem so much bigger, they reflect back all the sunlight, so it’s always bright and flooded with light, even on a gloomy UK winter’s day.

 

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This little collection sits on top of a cupboard.

 

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The units are IKEA.  Again, not having a kickboard, just legs, helps create the sense of a bigger space.  Also, I only have one cupboard, which is the sink unit, all the other units are drawers.  I just find them more practical.

 

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We didn’t like the Artexed ceilings (!) so we boarded over them.

 

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We designed and built the yellow sideboard and the table.  The table has large concealed drawers on one side, handy for storing our drawings and artwork.

 

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In the warmer months we open up the doors into the conservatory.  It was built by Dan from reclaimed glass.  The blue table is made from an old door.

 

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The kitchen opens into a conservatory which we are about to convert into an all year round living space.

 

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By day I love being immersed in the garden, and by night the room is filled with fairy lights that reflect back in the glass.

 

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We cut a stencil and applied it to opaque sticky back film for the door number.

 

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This is the studio as it was a few weeks ago.  It’s since moved into a bigger room.  Rooms are often switched.

 

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Tommy made me the pink hat for a Christmas present.

 

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The sitting room is open on to the studio.

 

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I’ve had the Tina picture below for years, long before it was fashionable.  My aunty had one when I was a kid and I always wanted to be Tina from that moment on.  Tommy bought her for me.

 

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I meditate every day.  It’s a big part of my life.

 

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The loo!  I love Ibiza, I love palm trees, I love the sea.  I take wherever I can.

 

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This is one of my pride n joy items…. the original 1983 Christopher Wool poster.  A huge pile of them were part of an installation at Oxford Museum of Modern Art and visitors were invited to take one.  The artwork was for ever diminishing and changing.  It’s now quite valuable.  I wish I’d grabbed two!   The drawer unit is an original 1960s school cupboard that was being thrown out of my kids school.  For now it sits beneath a flakeboard top and side to give us more storage.

 

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