Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine

Bright ideas

- With Sharon Dale

Jasmine Roth, star of HGTV’s Help! I Wrecked My House, greeted the lockdown-induced surge in home renovation with palpable joy. “People started to do what I’ve been doing for clients for years – taking a hard look at how they use their space and trying to make it work better for them,” she says.

It also resulted in a meteoric rise in DIY overreach. Lockdown surveys show we tied step ladders together to paint an upstairs window. We drilled into power cables, stripped off the plaster along with the staircase wallpaper and spent an average £200 fixing these mistakes, with structural errors costing thousands.

And why? “They had watched a YouTube video. What you don’t realise is that a project you watch for 15 seconds could take a year,” says Jasmine, whose new book, House Story, aims to help homeowners with the renovation process.

Her tips include:

■ Make a plan that includes a clear design style. List every step of your project, with costs, and prioritise them. Be realistic about what you can do and if it looks like a hotel, add wall hangings, pictures and family photos.

■ For those collaborat­ing with a partner, she suggests separately collecting inspiratio­n pictures for your project and then meeting up to share your separate collection­s. Describe what you like about every picture and when you come to a feature you agree on, write it down.

 ?? ?? ADDED BUZZ: Above, bee print, £20, by York-based Lola Design, www.loladesign­ltd. com; top, House Story by Jasmine Roth.
ADDED BUZZ: Above, bee print, £20, by York-based Lola Design, www.loladesign­ltd. com; top, House Story by Jasmine Roth.
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