Do you love old houses?

Restoration stories? Expert decorating tips and homeowner’s case-studies?

Photos of remarkable rooms created throughout history and tales of historical houses?

Then keep reading because this blog is written for you. 

It’s a blog for owners, and lovers, of period houses.

For those of you who, like me, love log fires, wooden beams and gorgeous, eye-catching rooms.

I grew up in a 17th century farmworkers cottage. It had a demolition order on it when my parents bought it and my entire childhood was an introduction to the world of house renovation.

Walls would change colour, or completely disappear, while I was at school.  Ladders were used instead of stairs. We slept in whichever room had the most floorboards and it was perfectly normal to see a cement mixer sitting in the dining room.

My second childhood home was no different and when I left home I vowed to only live in new houses. Two new builds later I was back in a damp, dilapidated cottage and loving it.

I now live in a 1930’s three-bedroom semi with my husband and two teenage sons. Over the past 17 years we’ve completely revamped it and, following two extensions and lots of internal rejigging, it’s now our ideal home.  Although, I still have a few ideas…       

As you might have guessed, I’m completely hooked on houses and their restoration stories. I’ve been a freelance writer for the past nine years and love talking to people about what makes their house so special to them. 

I’m also a member of the Society of Authors and feel incredibly privileged to write up these stories for magazines and websites.

This blog allows me to share my passion for period homes and interior design.  So, if you’ve ever pondered questions such as what it would be like to be an interior designer? How to choose a statement chair or how to buy an antique then please keep reading.

I’ll also be sharing ideas for historical places to visit. Homeowners case studies, expert tips for making the most of your period home and the occasional behind-the-scene glimpse into the life of a home interiors writer/interior design student.   

And, if you’ve been involved in a house restoration or redecoration project you would like to share please get in touch.

I’d love to hear from you.


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Rachael approached us to see whether we had a completed building project suitable for inclusion in a magazine. We were very pleased to have been asked. Rachael provided a very professional and courteous service dealing with us, and with interviewing our clients. She made the whole process very easy and kept us informed throughout.

We were delighted with the finished article, and the publicity we received: we believe this must be partly responsible for the subsequent award we received from another national magazine for the work undertaken to the house featured. We have no hesitation in recommending Rachael.’

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