Welcome to my Manchester House Tour!

So here’s some exciting news… we’ve moved! If you want to view all the exciting transformations that we are making in our current house (a 4 Bed Victorian in the heart of Shrewsbury, Shropshire), just click here.

Welcome to the House Tour of our first home together in Cheadle Heath, just outside of Manchester, England! We lived in our Edwardian home (built in 1906) from June 2010 through March 2018.  During the time we lived there, we tried our best to make it reflect our own personalities (yes, Wayne’s as well!) without spending a lot of money and we tackled nearly all the work with our own two hands.  So getting big style on a small budget (and getting our hands dirty in the process) is what we’re all about.  Although I do believe every room should have at least one splurge to make it a little special!

You can view the whole house tour in my video here or keep scrolling for lots of before and after pictures!

Special thanks to Simon of iViewProperty and Mitchell Williams for their kind permission to use the footage on my blog.

Outside Front

We completely renovated the front patio by painting the door, replacing the hardware and in 2015, installing black and white Victorian floor tile.

See More of the Outside Front Here

Living Room

One of the first rooms to be tackled with new flooring and over the years has seen a couple of different looks. The last version saw a combination of raspberry and pinks with olive greens and lots of gold.

See More of the Living Room Here

Dining Room

We remodelled this entire space in the spring of 2016. It had been both dark grey and dark blue over the years but I wanted a totally fresh new look so we relaid flooring, updated the fireplace and installed wall panels and architraves along with lots of other details.

See More of the Dining Room Here


The kitchen was finally completed in August 2016 but we’d been updating it little by little for the last few years. This last push to completion included new tiles, repainted cupboard fronts and side panels, a new Minerva worktop, new black appliances and a gold sink and tap.

See More of the Kitchen Here

Master Bedroom

Dark, cosy and embracing a boho glam vibe, this room evolved over time. In October 2017, we finally changed out the carpet and sanded and stained the original floorboards (which these pics don’t show but you can see more by clicking the link below).

See More of the Master Bedroom Here


We finished this room in the Spring of 2014 – a huge fully DIY undertaking including plumbing, lighting, tiling – the works! – but so worth the effort!

See More of the Bathroom Here

Home Office

We completed this room in 2015 as part of the One Room Challenge. It progressed from a virtually unused storage space to the spot where I spent my days blogging and doing freelance work.

See More of the Home Office Here

Dressing Room

I gave this room a complete overhaul in 2014 – it’s the 3rd and tiniest bedroom (ie the ‘box’ room) but my personal girlie haven!

See More of the Dressing Room Here

The Man Glam Cave

The difficult DIY portion of this (tanking the space, plasterboard, adding flooring and making it habitable) was completed back in 2013 but in the Summer of 2017, the entire space was given a cosy dark and sexy boho glam look.

See More of the Man Cave Here

The Back Garden

Over the years, we extended and stained the decking near the back of the house and replaced the fencing, added lots of plants which have matured nicely over the years and in 2016, we added a pergola and decking to the back of the garden.

See More of the Garden Here

I hope you’ve enjoyed our little tour today! But wait – there’s more before and afters! We purchased a new (old!) home in the West Midlands and we’ve been working our magic to transform it into our forever home.
Want to see what we’ve done so far?

See The Shrewsbury House Tour Here

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