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Everyone has got to love Kirstie Allsopp

Everyone has got to love Kirstie Allsopp

Kirstie Allsopp is an all round excellent Gal. Not only does she bound about Location, Location, Location, looking like a bossy, slightly fat but ultmately likable head girl but she’s now going to be presenting a how-to-decorate-a-home-on-a-budget show, HomeMade Home (channel4 April 16). This is great timing for me, as I’m trying to do up my place with practically zero budget and I know there’s a good number of people in a similar position to myself.

Kirstie, who’s going to be an advisor on housing to the Tories, talks sense most of the time  — here she is on MP’s screwing the country with their expenses claims.

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25 Beautiful Homes

I know it’s probably the beginning of the end but I bought my first ever copy of 25 Beautiful Homes today — prompted by all the renovation/decoration (bit of both) that I’ve been spending a lot of time on recently.

I bought the magazine to give me a little inspiration — and it did — but overall it was a bit dispiriting. People spending £200,000 on upgrading their home while I’m having palpitations at having just spent £150 on paint at B & Q.

I do wonder why people allow the magazine to feature their homes — are they just doing some see-what-I’ve-got gloating or does the fact that many of them are ‘interior designers’ or ‘artists’ have something to do with it? It’s got to be a great way to advertise your business, lets face it. Or do they get paid?

Maybe they do have some less palatial residences in other issues or it might be that no-one would pay to see what Joe Bloggs did to  his semi on an average person’s budget. Perhaps there’s another magazine for that type of thing: 25 Average Homes. Possibly nobody would buy it and advertisers would be in short supply.

I guess if I leave all my bitterness and envy behind I really do want to see what can be done with a bucket load of dosh and work my way (downwards) from there. But does a limited budget necessarily mean a mediocre outcome?

Personally, I think the magazine relies on people’s desire to tap into a lifestyle that  they don’t have but which they may aspire to (with some delusions of (relative) grandeur thrown in.

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We’re living in (moderate) chaos because of renovations. Can’t find a single thing — everything is buried beneath something else. Have been wielding a hammer and hammer-related accidents now number at least three. It’s weird to see layers coming off the tucked-away corners and the history of a house being revealed.


Have fallen in love with Farrow and Ball paint, which is a pity, as it costs a fortune and I’m going to have to sell off my remaining kidney to buy it. Like the wonderfully-named Elephants Breath —doesn’t look so great in this photo (bad, bad photographer) but it is in fact cool and lovely.


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