I became the proud and very happy owner of Teacup House in March 2017. It finally happened after a long, infuriating purchasing process (aren’t they all!) but once I had those keys in my hand, I was on top of the world!
I’d been off the property ladder for about 6 months prior to this and when I started my house search I was distraught to discover there were limited properties available in my price range! In the end, this turned out to be a blessing in disguise because it meant I was forced to consider properties I wouldn’t normally have looked at. With limited DIY skills and house renovation experience I would shy usually away from anything that required any major changes.
In the end, the house I found was a two-bedroom period terrace that had been a rental property for years and therefore in need of some major improvements. There was A LOT of work involved but I drew up a renovation budget and decided I could make it work.
As soon as we moved in, I hit the ground running. I set myself a schedule, contacted recommended contractors and work began immediately. I tackled anything I could manage myself such as scraping off wall paper, sanding and clearing the garden. I was also lucky to have a trusted friend who was looking for extra work at the time and he was such a help at the beginning.
I managed to find some great people to work with and although it was stressful and uncomfortable living in the thick of it at times, I loved every minute. I’ve always enjoyed being creative and it felt like having a giant blank canvas to create my perfect picture. I liked the feeling of being in the drivers’ seat; planning, designing and styling my house exactly the way ‘I’ wanted.
I set myself the target of having the entire house ready for Christmas and amazingly I achieved it. It felt very important to me to have a cosy, warm home for my son and I to enjoy over the winter and I was happily sat by my wood burner with a glass of red wine celebrating by the end of October.
Of course, I had launched Teacup Doodles around the same time, so trying to get a new business off the ground and live in a house being renovated was a real challenge at times! BUT I got through it and I now love the space where I get to work and create your artwork.
The hard work paid off and I built a beautiful home and a business I am passionate about in the space of 6 months. As we’re approaching our second winter in the house, I’m looking forward to reflecting on what I’ve achieved over the last 12 months, sat by the fire with that large glass of red!