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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.