When I lost my parents aged 24, I inherited our family home. As an only child it was my responsibility, so I moved here with my partner Keane with the intention to clear it out and put the house up for rent so we could move back to London and get on with life as we had before. Keane had been working in art restoration, and I was to about to start a masters degree at the Royal College of Art, but we were forced to put both of these things on hold.
We cleared and cleaned up the house as best we could in a relatively short time, but when it came to talking to agents about renting it out, I realised I wasn’t emotionally ready to see another family move in. We abandoned the flat we had just rented in London, and returned to the town I grew up in.
It’s taken us a while to work out what we’re doing here, but having a baby refocuses you, and so we have just begun to do the house up properly: not as my parents’ house, not as a rental investment, but as our home. Keane is a builder and is doing nearly all of the graft himself, while I sit back and look at paint swatches, ha ha.
I started this blog with the intention of indulging my obsession with good homecooked food, and I will continue to do so, but it strikes me that it would also be useful to use this space as somewhere to document our home refurbishment. So from today, I will be posting pictures of our work in the house, and talking about the choices and problems that we happen upon as we do. I’ll also be posting links to interiors and products that I like the look of.
If you like, you can follow me on Pinterest, where I have already started to share some of the home ideas and products that interest me. To keep the refurb stuff separate from my recipes and foody musings, I’ll be posting it all under the category ‘Home’, which you can find in the right hand menu. I hope that by keeping a record of the work we’re doing here, that we can see and celebrate how we are making our home our own. I also hope to be inspired by, and to inspire others who are doing the same.
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About Chloe King
I'm a freelance writer, designer and webby type. I live with my husband and daughter in the south of England. I like to cook and can throw a good party.
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