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Woman Transforms Her Home Into Literal Barbie's Dream House

Woman Transforms Her Home Into Literal Barbie's Dream House

A mum-of-two who decided minimalist white and creams weren't for her, has transformed her home into a real life Barbie dream house.

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Rachael Havenhand, 28, said it's "impossible" to feel miserable living in her home, which features multicoloured walls, bright art prints and vibrant pink, blue and purple furniture.

The fitness instructor says she tried to be "normal" with her interiors, but decided it didn't make her happy. So instead, she singlehandedly transformed her home into its "wacky and wonderful" current state.

Rachael's home is jam-packed with bright interiors (Credit: Caters)
Rachael's home is jam-packed with bright interiors (Credit: Caters)

Mum to Gabriella, 8, and Florence, 5, Rachael says her girls are obsessed with their home - well wouldn't you be?! Imagine this being your home as a little girl.

"My house may be wacky but it is normal to me," says the creative mum from Sheffield.

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"I went through a faze of trying to be 'normal' with beige walls and grey accessories but it didn't make me happy.

The mother-of-two's home is full of pinks, blues and purples (Credit: Caters)
The mother-of-two's home is full of pinks, blues and purples (Credit: Caters)

"My home needed a bit of personality so two years ago I began to decorate and found my style.

"I wear colourful 80s vintage style clothing and I think that really shows in my house.

"I started by adding pink, purple and blue accessories as they are mine and my daughters' favourite colours.

"And it all escalated from there - I started adding my own art work to the walls and even spray painted an old stereo pink.

Rachael gets a lot of her furniture from charity shops or from friends and family (Credit: Caters)
Rachael gets a lot of her furniture from charity shops or from friends and family (Credit: Caters)

"I don't spend a lot as I buy from charity shops and eBay but a lot of my furniture has been given to me as people know I will just add a lick of paint to anything.

"I have had to start saying no as my garage is full!"

To cut costs, Rachel makes her own paints by mixing white emulsion and acrylic colours. She also makes her own matt emulsion by adding talc powder to silk emulsion.

"It is quite addictive, I am always looking at the walls thinking what can I do next?," she says.

Rachael even mixed her own paints (Credit: Caters)
Rachael even mixed her own paints (Credit: Caters)

"I am always painting walls, floors or pictures to hang up - the wackier the better!

"I am inspired by everything such as TV adverts, Pinterest, books or clothes.

"Even when it is doom and gloom outside, it is impossible to feel miserable in our house.

"The girls absolutely love our home as it is like barbie's house - their friends do too."

Rachael's home has been influenced by her own style (Credit: Caters)
Rachael's home has been influenced by her own style (Credit: Caters)

Rachael says that while most people adore their colourful home, she does sometimes receive negative comments.

"I have received negative comments from people who ask how I don't suffer with headaches but I don't mind, it isn't for everyone.

"We love our home and that is all that matters."

Rachael's daughters Gabriella, 8, and Florence, 5, naturally adore their home (Credit: Caters)
Rachael's daughters Gabriella, 8, and Florence, 5, naturally adore their home (Credit: Caters)

We reckon they're just jealous, Rachael.

We'd feel less glum about isolating if this wacky pink paradise was our home. Anyone else?

Featured Image Credit: Caters

Topics: Life News, Real, Interiors

Ciara Sheppard

Ciara is a freelance writer working for Tyla. After graduating with an English Lit and Media degree from the University of Sussex, Ciara held jobs at GLAMOUR and Yahoo Style before packing up for a solo travelling trip around South America.

 

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