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Embrace Your Space is all about renovation and decoration. We’ve collaborated with the experts to bring you ideas and advice that will inspire you to embrace your own space. For more inspiration, have a browse of the 2020 trends

Embrace Your Space is all about renovation and decoration. We’ve collaborated with the experts to bring you ideas and advice that will inspire you to embrace your own space. For more inspiration, have a browse of the 2020 trends

Joanne’s Edwardian home is far from ordinary. Her love of eclecticism, ‘pretty things’ and infectious personality is perfectly demonstrated in her home. Her renovation journey has been a labour of love. For the 20 years that Joanne and her husband have lived in their Yorkshire home, they have been constantly decorating and renovating to get the look and feel just right for them. Joanne advises to take your time with a renovation and get it right. She says to save up for the thing you really want and style the room around that. Joanne’s individual and eclectic style has earned her over 38,000 Instagram followers, you can follow her here.

Joanne’s Edwardian home is far from ordinary. Her love of eclecticism, ‘pretty things’ and infectious personality is perfectly demonstrated in her home. Her renovation journey has been a labour of love. For the 20 years that Joanne and her husband have lived in their Yorkshire home, they have been constantly decorating and renovating to get the look and feel just right for them. Joanne advises to take your time with a renovation and get it right. She says to save up for the thing you really want and style the room around that. Joanne’s individual and eclectic style has earned her over 38,000 Instagram followers, you can follow her here.

Read more about Joanne’s home below her hallway renovation shouldn’t be missed.

Read more about Joanne’s home below her hallway renovation shouldn’t be missed.

when we first
moved in

It was shared accommodation, so it was very much like student accommodation there was about 8 other men living here, it was disgusting. This room was full of graffiti, you can still see some of the gloss paint on the ceiling where it was flicked up, there were symbol behind the bed. In fact, when we moved in the removal men came and stood in this room and were shocked. It was disgusting, there were not really any rooms that were liveable but it was the cheapest house on the best street so it was all we could afford.

when we first moved in

It was shared accommodation, so it was very much like student accommodation there was about 8 other men living here, it was disgusting. This room was full of graffiti, you can still see some of the gloss paint on the ceiling where it was flicked up, there were symbol behind the bed. In fact, when we moved in the removal men came and stood in this room and were shocked. It was disgusting, there were not really any rooms that were liveable but it was he cheapest house on the best street so it was all we could afford.

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let me think

So what do renovations start with. You need to trust your own style, you need to know what your own style is and not be swayed by fashions and trends, it’s got to be practical and be a space you want to live in. This house is not a show house I’ve got lots of lovely things, but we live in it and we use everything we don’t save anything for best. So, it’s got to be practical and it’s got to suite what you need out of it as a family.

the first rule

Of renovating, when we moved in here, we had a 12-month-old baby and it was absolutely awful the house. This room was where all the young men lived and there were beer bottles lined up all along the walls, it was stained with nicotine. I can’t even remember what was on the floor, we had a week before her first birthday, so we knew we needed to get one space liveable so we just did it really quickly, cheap carpet and paint, we washed the walls we thought they were yellow but they were peach it was disgusting so, we painted them, it was quite a pale colour at the time, I was into Scandi so it was quiet a pale blue. So, we had a space then, a space we could be safe with the baby and then move on to the rest of the house.

let me think

So what do renovations start with. You need to trust your own style, you need to know what your own style is and not be swayed by fashions and trends, it’s got to be practical and be a space you want to live in. This house is not a show house I’ve got lots of lovely things, but we live in it and we use everything we don’t save anything for best. So, it’s got to be practical and it’s got to suite what you need out of it as a family.

the first rule

The first rule of renovating, when we moved in here, we had a 12-month-old baby and it was absolutely awful the house. This room was where all the young men lived and there were beer bottles lined up all along the walls, it was stained with nicotine. I can’t even remember what was on the floor, we had a week before her first birthday, so we knew we needed to get one space liveable so we just did it really quickly, cheap carpet and paint, we washed the walls we thought they were yellow but they were peach it was disgusting so, we painted them, it was quite a pale colour at the time, I was into Scandi so it was quiet a pale blue. So, we had a space then, a space we could be safe with the baby and then move on to the rest of the house.

inspiration

I get inspiration from all over, but when I’m decorating it usually starts from a single point, so for this room it was the plates on the wall, I already had the purple Chaise longue and I saw the plates in a junk shop and I thought purple green together and I knew that I wanted a green room, so we had the green room and mixed to match the plate.

 

This is my favourite room, if you could call it a room. We’ve just finished doing it. It took us so long to do it and it was the last room in the house that we’d done so it had gotten quite dirty over the years. I knew I wanted something dark, I wanted black and white at first, but we collaborated with a brand and they helped me choose this beautiful brown colour which I would never of chosen. So it’s brown and pink, we had the Lincrusta restored and put in a radiator, but my favourite bit has to be the stairs, when we painted the stairs brown it was such a dark space I decided I wanted to stencil on the back of the stairs, but I’ve not got the patience so I’ve just copper leafed them all and I just sit here all day now. My husbands an engineer, he always has to have a final say and he commissioned this bannister to be made out of copper piping.

 

inspiration

I get inspiration from all over, but when I’m decorating it usually starts from a single point, so for this room it was the plates on the wall, I already had the purple Chaise longue and I saw the plates in a junk shop and I thought purple green together and I knew that I wanted a green room, so we had the green room and mixed to match the plate.

 

This is my favourite room, if you could call it a room. We’ve just finished doing it. It took us so long to do it and it was the last room in the house that we’d done so it had gotten quite dirty over the years. I knew I wanted something dark, I wanted black and white at first, but we collaborated with a brand and they helped me choose this beautiful brown colour which I would never of chosen. So it’s brown and pink, we had the Lincrusta restored and put in a radiator, but my favourite bit has to be the stairs, when we painted the stairs brown it was such a dark space I decided I wanted to stencil on the back of the stairs, but I’ve not got the patience so I’ve just copper leafed them all and I just sit here all day now. My husbands an engineer, he always has to have a final say and he commissioned this bannister to be made out of copper piping.

 

when we
moved in

Lots of single young men renting rooms here and this was actually a bedroom and it was horrible. There was no fireplace there was a hole in this wall and he was burning things in there. We had a sheet nailed up at the wall and a mattress on the floor so you can understand we probably had an awful lot to do in here. We just took the colours from the plate and from the furniture we already had. About 10 years ago we were in bed and we heard a really big bang and the ceiling had fallen down, so that was fun we had to get the ceiling repaired it was very dusty everywhere but, its just evolved from there. The fireplace, it’s an Edwardian building and the period of houses around here are Victorian so it’s really difficult to find original Edwardian pieces to put back in. We could see the footprint of this fireplace, and we actually found this, in the train station in Knaresborough and it was from an old school, but it fitted the space perfectly.

when we moved in

Lots of single young men renting rooms here and this was actually a bedroom and it was horrible. There was no fireplace there was a hole in this wall and he was burning things in there. We had a sheet nailed up at the wall and a mattress on the floor so you can understand we probably had an awful lot to do in here. We just took the colours from the plate and from the furniture we already had. About 10 years ago we were in bed and we heard a really big bang and the ceiling had fallen down, so that was fun we had to get the ceiling repaired it was very dusty everywhere but, its just evolved from there. The fireplace, it’s an Edwardian building and the period of houses around here are Victorian so it’s really difficult to find original Edwardian pieces to put back in. We could see the footprint of this fireplace, and we actually found this, in the train station in Knaresborough and it was from an old school, but it fitted the space perfectly.

proudest renovation

 Our proudest renovation moment was probably building this extension.  We had a little kitchen that was just in this area before and I love cooking, I always have everybody here for Christmas dinner I’ve cooked for like 70 people in this tiny space before and I wanted a bigger space but I knew I wanted a pink fridge so the whole kitchen and extension was designed around the pink fridge. We didn’t think we had much space to extend but we extended out to where we kept the dustbins and it’s made a massive, massive difference, and we obviously use it every day now.

proudest renovation

 Our proudest renovation moment was probably building this extension.  We had a little kitchen that was just in this area before and I love cooking, I always have everybody here for Christmas dinner I’ve cooked for like 70 people in this tiny space before and I wanted a bigger space but I knew I wanted a pink fridge so the whole kitchen and extension was designed around the pink fridge. We didn’t think we had much space to extend but we extended out to where we kept the dustbins and it’s made a massive, massive difference, and we obviously use it every day now.

Joanne's main tip

 My main tip when you’re renovating is to go with your gut and if you want something don’t cut corners, you’ve got to go that thing that you want, that expensive thing, save up for it because if you don’t you’ll always regret it and you’ll always want to go back and probably do it again later, so always just go with your gut and go with what you really believe in.  My renovation advice would be, I’ve got it now! Don’t rush it don’t think you’ve got to do it all at once we’ve lived here for 20 years and we’ve done it really slowly and because we’ve done it really slowly the house has evolved and it’s got a more organic feel, if we would’ve come in and done it all in the first 12 months, it wouldn’t look like this and we wouldn’t of had the money to do it properly how we wanted to do it, so don’t rush it.

Joanne's
main tip

 My main tip when you’re renovating is to go with your gut and if you want something don’t cut corners, you’ve got to go that thing that you want, that expensive thing, save up for it because if you don’t you’ll always regret it and you’ll always want to go back and probably do it again later, so always just go with your gut and go with what you really believe in.  My renovation advice would be, I’ve got it now! Don’t rush it don’t think you’ve got to do it all at once we’ve lived here for 20 years and we’ve done it really slowly and because we’ve done it really slowly the house has evolved and it’s got a more organic feel, if we would’ve come in and done it all in the first 12 months, it wouldn’t look like this and we wouldn’t of had the money to do it properly how we wanted to do it, so don’t rush it.


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