26 March 2019

My home means everything to me. It means safety and cosiness and happiness. All of my achievements are here and it’s mine and Mr Hinch’s and Henry’s home, and that means the world.

No one knows what really happens behind closed doors. No matter how well we know people, we never truly get to see what happens when they come in, kick off their shoes and hide away. All of your secrets are in the place where you live. You probably have your best and your worst times there, and it’s your private treasure chest that only you have a key to.

Anyone can live in a house, flat, apartment or caravan, but making that place a home is the best feeling ever. Now, it goes without saying that what truly makes somewhere homely is the memories that you and your loved ones share there. That obviously is one of the most important things. But from an aesthetic point of view, you can make somewhere your home by putting things you love in it. You decorate it how you like and you keep it clean. You douse it in your fave scents and you care for it. It’s extremely special, after all! I really do think we should respect our homes. I cherish and respect everything I own and I feel so lucky to have it.

There is a danger of turning your house into a show home to ‘impress’ other people, so it’s got to be about what you like. I browse people’s homes on Instagram daily, and some of them literally take my breath away. But I don’t think to myself, ‘I want that house,’ because I love and enjoy my own. But we can still appreciate each other’s different tastes and styles. Your friend may pop over for a cuppa once a week and have a nose about, but you’ve got to live there day in, day out, so it’s not about impressing other people, it’s about being comfortable and happy in your own space.

Saying this is a big step for me, because years ago I would have decorated my home in a way that I thought other people would like or be impressed by (I’ll get into that more a bit later), and it’s real progress that I don’t feel the need to do that any more. I honestly believe that I found myself through my home.

Is my house perfect and spotless? No way! Is it to everyone’s taste? Definitely not. Some people don’t like the grey and white look, so my place would be their worst nightmare because they would think it’s boring. But I love it. Am I happy here? I really am.

We all have to do what suits us, and not anyone else, because sadly we do live in a world where a lot of people live their lives trying to be like someone else. Please don’t! Please be you! I read a quote once that has always stuck with me. It said, ‘No one is you, and that is your power.’ I think that one of the worst things we can do is compare ourselves to other people. This is one of the reasons I dance around my lounge, name my cloths, put my sink to bed and show my excitement over what others may consider the most simple things, because that’s just me.

Just like every person is different, so is every home, and I love that. My mum’s home is full of oatmeals and browns, which I love. My friend Leanne has greens and browns, and it looks so nice. The motto for my home, however, has always been ‘grey all the way’. These are mine and Jamie’s four walls, and we’ve worked really hard saving for them, so I think we should be able to do whatever makes us happy inside them.

If you go into a shop and you love something, it doesn’t matter how little it costs, what colour it is, or what other people think of it. If you take it home and you love it, then it’s going to make you feel good. Colours and styles come and go all the time, so stick with what you like, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

Have you noticed how quickly fashions change? This includes décor. Who cares if you get a fabulous statement wall and then people decide they don’t like them any more? So what? Life goes around in circles and things go in and out of style, so please yourself – you may as well, because you can’t please all of the people all of the time.

Personally, I enjoy looking after things. I enjoy polishing my ornaments (with Dave, ha ha), karate chopping my cushions and just looking after them. I honestly think if you love your home it will love you right back.

For example, I’ve had the big white wooden candlestick that sits in my front room for so long now. I got it in B&M, reduced to £6.99 because the metal dish on the top had broken off. I took it home, superglued it back on, and repairing it made me smile. I gave it a new lease of life. It’s been with me a long time so it’s got a few chips here and there, but it still warms my heart. I could buy another one to replace it but I don’t need to. Why spend money on something new when you’re already happy with what you’ve got?

I would never leave the little Essex village I’ve lived in since I was young. All my friends and family still live here and it’s my little bit of heaven. I’ve always been a home girl and if someone said to me, ‘You can either have something for your wardrobe or for your home,’ I’d go for home every time. It’s my sanctuary, my very own box of treasures (and bargs!).

I never want to change who I am or what I buy or how I speak. I am who I am. I’m a very homely girl and my mum still comes round to help me cook. I think people believe I walk around in Louboutins, but the truth is, I don’t own a pair. I think if I was ever magically given some I would end up putting them on display because I’d be so scared to wear them. I would probs Dave and Sheen them most days!

Let’s face it, a lot of us are fascinated by other people’s homes. I know I certainly am. I always thought it would be amazing to be an estate agent so I could have a nose around other people’s places. I also really want someone to create a TV show where they go into people’s houses and find out the stories behind the things they own. I bet it would be so interesting. I am actually a secret lover of shows like Bargain Hunt and Antiques Roadshow!

Every home, and every object, tells a story. I’d like to know why people have bought things and how much they were. I’d like to know about upcycling projects and how they’ve made them work, and find out the history of certain objects. Imagine if someone has been in their home for 50 years – their possessions would have such amazing stories to tell. I would love to sit and listen to it all!

Mrs Hinch's tips: Hinch your kettle

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  • Leave it for the recommended time.
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  • Refill it halfway and boil again.
  • Once it’s boiled pour the water out, and she’s good to go!
     
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