My Hum­ble Abode.

Beau­ti­ful homes from around Scot­land

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Who: Ac­coun­tant, Emma Mcgee­han, 29, lives with hus­band Fran, 32. Where: Aberdeen What: Ter­raced house, built in 1902.

When my hus­band and I de­cided to buy a prop­erty we came to see this house, it was our dream home but it was out of our bud­get.

In at­tempt to pla­cate me, my hus­band said if it was still on the mar­ket in six months we would look into pur­chas­ing it at that point. I’m sure he was hop­ing it would be gone, but it wasn’t! I was at­tracted to all the orig­i­nal fea­tures like the cor­nic­ing, ceil­ing roses and beau­ti­ful stair­case. We’ve been here for al­most three years now.

When we moved in, it was a lit­tle dated dé­cor wise and we de­cided to put in a new bath­room and re­place the doors in our kitchen units to give it a bit of an up­grade on a bud­get.

We painted through­out and put new car­pets up­stairs. There was a lot of pine on the skirt­ing boards, doors and the stairs, but we painted ev­ery­thing white and it looks much big­ger now.

The pre­vi­ous own­ers had gas fires through­out the house which we re­moved and in­stalled pe­riod ap­pro­pri­ate work­ing fire­places.

I thought we would need to buy re­claimed fire­places but one day I went on gumtree and some­one from a house across the street was sell­ing a cast iron fire­place that would have been the same as the one in ours orig­i­nally, for just £80!

Luck­ily, we man­aged to do ev­ery­thing on a bud­get. My hus­band’s not a trades­man but he’s re­ally good at hav­ing a go. He will get on Youtube and just work out how to do things.

He does all the heavy and tech­ni­cal labour, whilst I do all the things that re­quire pa­tience be­cause he lacks in that de­part­ment, so we have saved a lot of money that way. We make a good team.

We didn’t re­ally have any dé­cor dis­as­ters.

We did how­ever de­cide to put in a log burn­ing stove and we had the fire­place all re-pointed, then I spot­ted our sec­ond hand fire­place so we cov­ered the wall with con­crete and put the fire­place in – so that was a bit of a waste of time!

When it comes to dé­cor I’m not scared of dark colours.

I think peo­ple should em­brace the nat­u­ral dark­ness of a room if it lacks nat­u­ral light.

The big­gest thing for me style wise is char­ac­ter so I hate mag­no­lia, I like fea­tures – quirky or­na­ments etc.

For me it’s about hav­ing a state­ment piece, some­thing to catch the eye. I’ve got a whole mix of styles, I like rooms to have per­son­al­ity. For ex­am­ple, I’d bought a vin­tage Singer sewing ma­chine be­fore we moved into our house as I knew I wanted to do some­thing

‘I change my mind a lot when it comes to dé­cor – it’s a hobby for me. I like to change things up!’

with it such as make it into a ta­ble. When we got the house I had the idea that I would use it as a wash stand basin for our down­stairs bath­room, so I com­pletely re­stored the Singer sewing ma­chine stand and put a sink on top!

For us it’s im­por­tant to have a space for en­ter­tain­ing so I wanted a sep­a­rate space in our liv­ing room.

All our friends tend to come here be­fore we go out. We have a lot more down­stairs space than up­stairs so it made sense to make the most of it.

I change my mind a lot when it comes to dé­cor – it’s a hobby to me.

I like to change things up. I had a vi­sion for my front room as soon as I saw the house. I’ve not changed it at all, I think it’s so in keep­ing with prop­erty – I’m re­ally happy with it.

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