The Great British Home Challenge – Living It Up In Essex!

Have you taken the Great British Home Quiz on the Victoria Plumb website? Answer a few questions about your home and style tastes and find out if your celebrity home style is more Downton Abbey than Uptown Chic…or, like me Mrs Glamorous!

Everything about you screams glamour; you always look photo-ready, whether you are working out, shopping in designer boutiques or snuggled up at home in your designer onesie. You crave home comforts that make a statement – a faux fur blanket, embellished cushions and lots of crushed velvet. You use neutral shades mixed with metallic. Pride of place are family portraits, kitchen gadgets and the keys to your Range Rover.
Into The Void

So, I’m basically like someone from TOWIE…*falls on the floor laughing hysterically* I know I’m an Essex girl these days but I really didn’t think I had that TOWIE feel to my style. However, my best friend called me a glamour puss when I shared last week’s selfie, so maybe I’m more TOWIE than I realise…

…actually, the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree, and I’m going to say that I got the glam genes from my mum, because she was and still is Mrs Glamorous! For the record we are both London born and bred! *sunshine*

So, on with this TOWIE style I seem to have going on…our homes are a direct reflection of who we are – I like to look the best that I can, and would say the same for our house, but it is about to undergo renovation so it is far from glam at the moment, but it will be when we’re finished!

I dream of a bedroom with an en suite bathroom, his ‘n’ hers sinks, a huge walk-in shower and floor to ceiling tiles, with a bit of sparkly in them!

I dream of statement walls with luxe wallpaper in bright colours, because neutral is dull as dishwater to me! So that part of the description is not me at all. I’m not a big fan of metallics either to be honest.

Actually, I really miss the wallpaper in our old bedroom – it was black with big, bold hot pink chrysanthemums over it. It was a wallpaper that I fell in love with, and chrysanthes are the feng shui symbol of a life of ease and balance. At the same time, this flower is considered to have strong yang energy, so it is used to attract good luck to you and your home. My friend also told me they’re a symbol of fertility, but no babies for us yet…! At the moment our bedroom is a boring creamy brown colour – blah – but a bright wallpaper will go up when we’re all decorated again!

I’d really love one of those leather beds with the TV unit at the end…omg…totes Essex! I was also going to say I’m not a big fan of faux fur, but looking at a recent photograph of our bed, I realise that there are faux fur cushions on it. By the way, those wardrobe door mirrors, they’re hideous. They were there when we moved in. They are going. Baaad feng shui.

If we move into the living room, which again, is [also] not decorated to my taste at all, just the sofa which we bought a few years ago now, which I L.O.V.E! It’s so comfy and the sort of sofa you want to just melt into and chill out on after a hard day at work, which for me is my home office. It’s got a leather base (we did used to have a bright red leather sofa before that, so I really am living the Essex dream here aren’t I??

I use a lot of pink in decor, not because it’s my favourite colour – that’s purple, you should know that much about me by now! – but because pink is the universal a colour of love, and I want to surround myself with it! Hence the bright pink flowers of our old wallpaper, and the pink duvet set.

Anyways, finding myself rambling again…back to the TOWIE description of me! Family portraits – there are lots of framed photos in our house already, and I plan to have a photo gallery wall going up the stairs when we are done with renovating. My family are the most important people in the world to me, they are always there, when no one else is.

Since today is my dad’s birthday, here’s a photo of me and my sibs with him on his 60th a couple of years ago.

The kitchen gadget thing…my hubby is more of a gadget fan than me, but the tools of the trade are a must in my kitchen. I grew up in the catering industry, so food and cooking has always played a big part in my life, and I do love to cook. It’s my dream to have a huge kitchen and dining area, and we do plan to extend and make that dream come true. That way I’ll be able to have all the parties and family gatherings I want, without worrying about where to cram people!!

There will be an island in the middle – because I’ve always wanted a kitchen island, and there would be a purple Kitchenaid mixer, and all the other standard kitchen gadgets like toaster and kettle would also be purple…wait…they already are!

Just look at our current kitchen in the photo on the right – snooze fest! I really don’t like the butler sink, and everything looks so dated! Can’t wait till we refurb this room – it’s the one that needs the most attention as it’s literally falling to bits.

I really would love a utility room and a pantry (they’re on my wish list!) The units would be sleek, glossy and modern and there would be a huge dining table with a crystal chandelier hanging over it – I really am Essex aren’t I??

Just found this pic (on the left) on the interwebs – this is pretty much a dream kitchen for me. Look at the purple accents! Amazeballs!

I don’t have keys to a Range Rover, it’s not even on my dream car list…but a black 7 Series BMW is!! One day…when we win the lottery!! But I do have a onesie #noshame.