When Cat Ridley, a 44-year-old mum of four from Hastings, East Sussex, got tired of her dull family home, she decided to go hard on the makeover.
Rather than just a lick of paint or some new accessories, Cat went the whole hog, transforming her home into a bright pink Beverly Hills hotel inspired paradise, complete with all pink furniture, neon lights, and a disco ball in her shower.
The DIY project was more than superficial – Cat had to knock down several walls to create an open plan kitchen and add a new extension to the back of her home.
The pink-loving mum took inspiration from the design of Beverly Hills hotels as well as the all-pink interiors of London’s Sketch restaurant, spending a total of £20,000 on the makeover.
Cat said: ‘I’ve always loved Art Deco and the Beverly Hills hotel; in fact, I did a leaf print on pink decoration before anyone else.
‘I’m still going over things and my styles are always evolving, but my go-to would be art deco.
‘I’ve drawn inspiration from a restaurant in Amsterdam called Mumma Kelly’s and a restaurant in London called Sketch.
‘I would describe my style as my own, I like to have my stamp I tend not to follow suit.
‘I started with purchasing a pink chair, similar to the one I saw at London’s Sketch restaurant and my dream was to get something that looked the same.
‘I took around two years to renovate my house from top to bottom.
‘We knocked through three rooms including the dining room, kitchen and bathroom and in total that cost about £20K, including a new extension which incorporated the new downstairs bathroom and bedroom and a cupboard.
‘I bought a lot of my stuff from home sense and online mainly eBay.
‘I managed to bring the costs of the internal doors down and had them fitted for about £60.’
Cat worked hard to keep costs down, making adjustments to save money where she could.
‘I managed to save the most with my kitchen,’ she said. ‘I wanted to install 26 cupboards but realised I only needed six, which brought down my cost to £900.
‘I then added a breakfast island with a whole new oven sink that cost less than £2,000.
‘For my funky downstairs bathroom, I sourced a lot of things very cheaply.
‘The sink unit cost me £20 from a charity shop and the black toilet sink only cost me £12.
‘I struggled to find a colourful toilet so I decided to buy a brand-new one and sprayed it black – so far it’s still staying strong.
‘I think my biggest expense was the pink carpet in my daughters’ room as I struggled to get the right pink so that was probably the only thing, I invested in.
‘One thing that was important to me was the guest bathroom.
‘I wanted to create a ‘wow’ factor, something that was different, quirky and fun hence the disco ball in the shower and that weird flooring.
‘And my neon signs definitely raised a few eyebrows.’
The end result might not be for everyone, but it’s pretty impressive regardless.
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