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Instagram brand ambassador Michelle shares her home design tricks

30 March 2020

We spoke to Michelle Whitham about the inspiration behind her tranquil four-bedroom Kendal retreat - and it turns out she is one canny lady.

Persimmon Ambassador: @to.haveandtohome

Not only does this lady work for the police helping to keep us safe, but she is also becoming a self-taught DIY and craft supremo.

“I just love DIY and making things,” says Michelle. “I like sharing transformation images on social media and helping people to understand how simple décor changes can make a big difference to your interiors but not a big dent in your purse.”

The 27-year-old’s Instagram page, @to.haveandtohome, is bursting with welcoming magazine-worthy interior shots, yet Michelle claims she has only just started making her mark on her home.

“Starting with a good house style, like the Kendal, which is bright and airy is the perfect start.”

“I feel the kitchen diner, downstairs toilet and lounge are finished, but then again I have seen some window mirrors that I would love to recreate.”

Influenced by her time in Canada, Michelle felt the more earthy tones, rustic features and references to nature reflected both her and her husband’s personality. These are evident in her use of wooden worktops, tables, sideboards, and carefully positioned wicker baskets, wooden finishing touches and animal imagery.

The professional looking panelled walls featuring in both her lounge and dressing room were built, fitted and painted by Michelle. The lounge panelling creates texture and interest, painted in Farrow and Ball Ammonite it provided a contrast against the room’s white walls and cream finishes for a warm and welcoming feeling. The dressing room panel is much more prominent, painted in Farrow and Ball Sulking Room Pink.

Upcycling is also becoming a passion for Michelle, seen in her Facebook marketplace drawer unit find. This has been dramatically transformed from a fully wooden unit to white drawers and sides finished with a highly polished oak top, contrasting yet complimenting the panel wall in her dressing room.

“I felt the downstairs toilet was already perfect but then I came across half line painting. The top half is white with Farrow and Ball Ammonite on the bottom. The grey tones in the rest of the room give the room a cooler style, despite being the same colour as the living room.”

Michelle is happy to share her interior talents and has begun creating short ‘how to’ films, starting with her panelled walls.

Scrolling, or even ‘drooling over’ as Michelle says, other interior images spurred Michelle’s Instagram page, which now has more than 5,500 followers. “I wanted to share the journey of making my house a home. I spend a lot of time looking at interior images, finding what I want and then thinking how I can recreate it much cheaper, yet still look luxurious,” explains Michelle.

“I made my personalised front doormat using a basic Ikea mat, homemade stencils and sealing spray as well as the rustic ribbon-wrapped white book, in my hallway.”

“This is our forever home so it’s important we have many personal touches. My husband loves bears, and have a new-found appreciation for bunnies, so we have many pictures and ornaments featuring these animals. Our friends’ and family’s children love to count them all.”

“I’m a bit of a busy bee so we are currently in the middle of creating a half panel in our bedroom and making signs for the house, but you will have to follow my page to find out how they turn out,” concluded Michelle.”

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