Hey there, I’m Maxine. By day I’m an interior stylist working for magazines and TV shows. And way into the night, I write about my home’s slow renovation on my blog, WeLoveHome. As you may be able to tell, I love everything home style! I really do live and breath it. And the cherry on my cake? I’m a guest blogger here at Real Homes.
I plan to share my experiences of renovating my very-first little house with you.
Let’s start at the beginning: at 38 years old, I found myself the owner of my first little house. I’d owned a flat before but after two neighbours from hell, I was ready to escape the perils of sharing a freehold. I spent three years saving hard so I could buy a proper house in my hometown of Brighton.
When I stumbled across my home, I totally lucked out. Firstly, I saw it at the right time of year (November). Secondly, I bought an utter wreck (I was DIY naive). And thirdly, I had a lot of help from my parents (thank you).
My new home had not been lived in for seven years and had been left cold, empty and unloved. The sash windows leaked, the ‘garden’ was a gravel pit filled with weeds, the bathroom was basic, the boiler dated back to the 90s and the kitchen was grim. Oh, and did I mention the damp? But do you know what, I didn’t care as it was all mine. I loved the area and I had a little outdoor space, a spare room for dear friends to stay in, and my neighbours are so lovely and kind. It helped me overlook all my home’s flaws.
In March 2015, I moved in with my little fluffy puppy, Teddy – and a month later my boyfriend, Jonathan, and his grumpy cat, Buster, moved into too. And together we are a little family.