Even when you are renovating a home there are moments of beauty to be found amidst the mess

Transforming a 1950’s bungalow in Margate

When I realised my last post was about Christmas decorations I knew there was a problem. It cannot – CANNOT – almost be April. Can it? But how? To say time flies would be both an understatement and a cliche, yet it’s truer than true. I think about writing here all the time, every day in fact. Actually doing it proves more difficult.

We’ve been a bit busy over here at Life Unstyled HQ. A new book and a new house in the works has meant little time for writing, even though it’s one of my favourite ways to express myself. Plus styling for my usual commercial clients and launching a new business (art prints, coming very soon!), it all adds up to a bit of a scrambled brain and very little time.

Anyway, there is so much I want to share with you about all of these new ventures, but until things slow down a bit (who am I kidding though?) here are a few before pictures of our new/old bungalow in the coastal town of Margate, Kent. I lived here from age 10 to 17 – my mum was one of the first DFL’s (Down From London), moving us from the gritty city as kids to the pretty seaside town of Broadstairs, in search of a purer lifestyle. At 17 I left the area for New York and never thought I’d come back. Yet here we are, 30 odd years later and I’ve just bought a house barely a mile from where we lived!

So follow along on Instagram for more regular updates but always stay tuned here for juicier, more meaningful chats. I know that if you’re here reading this, then likely you aren’t just an Instagram scroller, looking for the next dopamine hit of image/video/meme/repeat. If you’re here, it means you still like to read words. So thank you. I can’t always promise they will be grammatically correct, nor can I promise they will be original and informative, but my words will always be from the heart. So for now, please enjoy these snapshots of our little bungalow after we stripped it back and before the big demo jobs begin. And see the joy on my face when I found the perfect green sink at a local reclamation yard. The first purchase for the house – and a total impulse buy – before I’ve even designed a single bathroom! You have to start somewhere right? x

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  • Reply Jackie Brewer 24 March 2022 at 2:24 AM

    So excited to see the progress! And cannot wait for the new book, either.

  • Reply Claire 12 May 2022 at 8:51 PM

    The cat hatch!! I love it! And I’m so envious of your beautiful diamond paned windows – the charm they add is immeasurable. You nailed it, too: the pictures are fun and inspiring, but the stories that accompany them give so much more depth and enjoyment. I can’t wait to see more of the new home, and I’ll definitely be on the look out for the new book!

  • Reply Elizabeth 21 May 2022 at 10:01 AM

    How exciting to be by the sea. Nothing beats being close to nature. Congratulations on your new home. I’m looking forward to seeing the progress. A new book too! Can’t wait.
    Warm regards,

    • Reply Emily Henson 23 June 2022 at 10:40 AM

      Thank you Elizabeth! It’s lovely to be by the sea once again.

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