'It's bursting with my favourite things'

'It's bursting with my favourite things'


Posted 29th Nov 2017

With most of their money spent renovating their dilapidated house, vintage lover Leanne Pearce saved a bundle buying second-hand

A bit about me

I’m Leanne Pearce and I live with my partner Gareth and our children, Josephine and Boadicea, in a five-bed Victorian terrace in Gateshead.

My problem bedroom

Although it was a lovely large space, the room was in a state of disrepair with a big hole in the ceiling and was full of the previous owner’s furniture. With yellow walls and an ugly 1950s fireplace, it needed a major makeover to bring some much needed elegance.

How I made it work

After stripping everything back and revealing an original Victorian fireplace, we were able to start again with a neutral grey backdrop plus dusky pink, blue and gold accents. The single bedroom next door was turned into an en-suite, and we had sliding wardrobes installed across the adjoining wall with a hidden entrance in the middle.

My favourite part

I love the picture of the lady above the fireplace, which I found at a car boot sale, as I think the colours and the subject matter are stunning. Gareth always jokes that I go for sombre paintings. It’s definitely the best £1 I’ve ever spent!

You can find out more about how Leanne managed to save a bundle by purchasing our August 2016 issue, available as a digital download, here.

Feature by Karen Wilson / photos by Katie Lee






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