'We'd mentally decorated before buying it'

Posted: 29th Jun 2017

Buying her rented maisonette allowed Carly Fee to go crazy with colour and unleash the decorating ideas she'd harboured for years

A bit about me

I’m Carly Fee and I live with my husband, Simon, and our dogs Ronnie and Sparky.

Where I live

My home is a four-bed Victorian maisonette in Wallsend, Tyne and Wear. We’d been renting it for two years until we finally bought it in 2015.

What I wanted to change

The Artex ceilings, 1980s fireplace and old, stained carpets had to go. We also needed a new kitchen as the doors were hanging off.

How I made it my own

I love bold, bright colours and drove Simon mad with endless paint swatches. We’ve also filled the place with artwork from our travels and second-hand Mid-Century furniture. My favourite part The new wood burner in the living room was an expensive treat costing about £2,000 but it’s the best money we ever spent as it’s transformed the room.

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