If you can’t use the time at home during a global pandemic to try something new, when can you eh? Having spent many years helping on TV shows and making How To’s with magazines and brands, I decided to have some fun on Instagram during Lockdown filming our very own Moregeous content. We focused on a different subject every day, from DIY & How To’s, to interiors & gardening. Guest such as Laura Jane Clark from Your Home Made Perfect, eco warrior Lynne Lambourne and Paint guru Pam Gruhn, founder of Frenchic. Even renovation recipes and reclamation specials on #TreasureTingle Thursday… all of the things we love.
Most of the Lives were uploaded to IGTV and some to You Tube.
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As we emerge from Lockdown, the daily Lives are unsustainable (work beckons!) but the DIY and How To content will continue as I’m getting the hang of editing our own videos. It’s a slow process though, learning new skills every day. Old dog and all that 😉
Here’s what we will be focusing on…
Here at Moregeous HQ we aim to provide inspiration and motivation for renovators, home owners, landlords, upcyclers, self builders, and interiors addicts.
Cool and affordable home transformation suggestions, often from TV shows we work on like “Your Home Made Perfect”. Unusual and striking interior ideas from here at Moregeous Mansions and elsewhere for you to try. A kick up the arse to not always fall back on buying ‘new’, but instead to think about re-using, recycling, finding treasure and new ways to re-purpose it.
How to be unique, bespoke and individual without breaking the bank. How to customise successfully. Where to experiment and the best things for you to try.
I wasn’t lucky enough to learn any DIY as a child, no architect or interior designer parent! It wasn’t ’til my twenties, pre-Google and YouTube, when I landed a job at a specialist franchise company then started a specialist building company and bought my first house that I started to learn on the job. Nearly 25yrs on here I am; 100’s of renovations later, self managing 17 back to brick refurbs, build project managing a hit TV show, amidst a massive reno, still learning but wanting to share.
Prior to Lockdown we ran How To Renovate days here through the Airbnb Experiences. Tips on how to renovate, materials to use and try, mistakes we’ve made here, products we see, ideas we’ve experimented with. Build materials and the nod on interior trends. As Lockdown lifts we will be running these again but will now be supporting them with fun videos and blog posts on what we do – and more importantly – what YOU can do.
During our long renovation the ‘kitchen’ moved and morphed many times. The oven was our only source of heating for a whole winter, besides a bedroom gas fire, so one-pot meals were the norm. A single £35 induction ring from Ikea became my best friend and the ‘kitchen’ moved from room to room as we worked our way around the house. Four years on it’s still temporary, a small but well organised utility room with minimal work surface, but producing healthy hearty food every day and even coping with supper clubs and meals for 40! Our renovation recipes sustain and keep us going, we are a couple who live to eat – even when in the most trying of circumstances. My food philosophy? That renovators need more than ready meals and take aways to do their best work!