Ellie Gooder used her love of painting to turn her home into a fabulously happy space, full of stylish ideas to steal. Here, she shares her home makeover story...
Our home makeover story...
This is our second home as a couple – we only moved from across the road! We loved the area so much, and we knew we wanted to stay, so when this bigger house came up, we knew we had to have it.
This home provides much more living space than our previous one and offered us the chance to decorate to our taste and unleash our creativity. Knowing that this was our forever home, we felt brave to go against the grain and be a little bit bold and quirky.
Welcome to my home
A bit about me I’m Ellie, 26, and I work as an analyst at an insurance company. I live with my fiancé, Josh and our beagle, Jenson.
Where I live We live in a four-bedroom detached house in south Manchester. It was built in the ‘70s and we bought it in January 2020.
The living room is an extension on the side of the house that the previous owner built, and is an impressive space with huge ceilings, but it’s long and quite thin. The space didn’t really flow that well, so we had a log-burner built with an alcove for logs to create a focal point.
We also went dark with the walls here as the room is so bright and light it could definitely take it.
I’m now thinking of going dark all over, but I’ve not quite decided.
I want each room to feel totally different as I don’t just have one style! I like a mixture of everything, and I feel like each room is totally unique, but I like it that way.
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What I wanted to change I wanted to make the whole house more fun and vibrant.
How I made it my own Through colour. I swear by the power of paint. I’ve updated almost all the rooms with paint, accessories and a bit of imagination. I’m a maximalist – in my eyes the more, the merrier!
My favourite part The dining room. It’s the heart of the house and with the jungle mural, it makes such a happy space to eat and entertain guests.
We have a very colourful home now, and Josh is amazing in trusting me. When I said I wanted to paint the whole room green, or the kitchen cabinets olive with pink tiles, I had many raised eyebrows, but he trusted me and absolutely loves it. It definitely makes it easier having a partner who doesn’t challenge you and lets you have free rein.
Eventually, I would love to extend the back of the house to have that open-plan kitchen/diner/lounge that everyone lusts after.
But for now, we are so happy with our cheap DIY update.
‘The kitchen was the cheapest makeover I have ever done, costing just under £350. Before, this space was totally uninspiring, so we stripped the cupboard doors, spray-painted the extractor fan, spotlights, door handles, door hinges and kitchen window frame black.
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‘We painted the tiles pink and stencilled stars on them. I wanted to be a bit different and bold and I think we’ve definitely achieved it in here.’
‘It’s such a treat to have this room. Moving from our old house, which only had one very small living area, we feel totally spoilt for choice and space now.
‘With this room, I wanted it to be very different from the other rooms in the house and keep it bright and light. I went for a pair of statement sofas from Loaf, one pink and the other a gorgeous navy velvet. This space makes me feel calm and peaceful and is still so snuggly at night watching a film with the lamp on a soft glow.’
‘I wanted a jungle mural somewhere and what better place than the area you sit, eat and entertain guests. For me, I wanted this room to be somewhere we enjoyed spending time – after all, the best conversations with loved ones is always over dinner.
‘The oversized mural is definitely a talking point when people come over and I just love that I’ve brought those tropical vibes into the house.’
‘The first room I properly tackled when we moved in was our bedroom. I wanted this room to feel like a cosy sanctuary – warm and inviting, and somewhere we would want to spend time and enjoy going to bed in each night.
‘Green is my favourite colour and I finally settled on Ho Ho Green by Little Greene. This shade makes me feel serene and peaceful, and paired with the forest prints behind the bed, I think we’ve created that cosy vibe we were hoping for.’
‘This was my lockdown project and I’m so pleased with the outcome. I joke with my friends and family and ask if they can tell I did this room during a global pandemic, longing for a holiday – again, that tropical wallpaper is stunning.
‘I absolutely love being away on holiday at the beach, by the palm trees, and wanted to recreate that feeling somehow.
‘I wanted this room to feel tranquil and calm for our guests who come to stay.’