A creative mom-of-two has transformed her home into the ultimate Barbie dream house. Rachael Havenhand, 28, says it is ‘impossible’ to feel down when living in her brightly painted home, which has multicoloured feature walls along with bright pink, purple and blue furniture.
The fitness instructor single-handedly transformed her whole house from beige and ‘boring’ to ‘whacky and wonderful’. She regularly receives unwanted furniture from people but her creative flow means she has the ability to ‘zhoosh’ anything up.
“My house may be wacky but it is normal to me. I went through a phase of trying to be ‘normal’ with beige walls and grey accessories but it didn’t make me happy,” Rachael says. “My home needed a bit of personality so two years ago I began to decorate and found my style.
I wear colourful ’80s vintage style clothing and I think that really shows in my house. I started by adding pink, purple and blue accessories as they are mine and my daughters’ – Gabriella, eight and Florence, five – favourite colours. And it all escalated from there.”
She continues, “I started adding my own artwork to the walls and even spray-painted an old stereo purple. I don’t spend a lot as I buy from charity shops and eBay but a lot of my furniture has been given to me as people know I will just add a lick of paint to anything. I have had to start saying ‘no’ as my garage is full!”
Rachael cuts cost by creating her own paints – she mixes white emulsion and acrylic colours. She also creates her own matt emulsion by adding talc powder to silk emulsion. “It is quite addictive; I am always looking at the walls thinking, ‘What can I do next?’” Rachael adds. “I am always painting walls, floors or pictures to hang up – the wackier the better! I am inspired by everything such as TV adverts, Pinterest, books or clothes.”
“Even when it is doom and gloom outside, it is impossible to feel miserable in our house. The girls absolutely love our home as it is like Barbie’s house – their friends do too. I have received negative comments from people who ask how I don’t suffer with headaches but I don’t mind, it isn’t for everyone. We love our home and that is all that matters.”
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