3 11, 2013

Working with Ann Maurice, TV’s House Doctor

2013-11-08T13:46:42+00:00

I'm often asked how I first met Ann Maurice, TV's House Doctor, and I have to say it was completely by accident.  However, she managed to change my life. Following a BSc Degree in Hotel and Catering Management in Manchester, I enjoyed managing various hotels for several years and I lived in exotic places such as Jersey, Guernsey and Bermuda. Finally returning to the UK, I moved into retail management, and developed a theory that good presentation was the key to success. [...]

Working with Ann Maurice, TV’s House Doctor 2013-11-08T13:46:42+00:00
18 10, 2013

House Doctor training course in Leicestershire. 1 house, 5 days, 12 delegates.

2013-10-19T10:40:26+00:00

Back in 2008, the House Doctor advanced training course first came to Leicestershire - Long Whatton, to be precise. Within only five days, the delegates attended training courses at the Yew Lodge Hotel every day, then went to practise what they had learnt on a 'real' house nearby. I was one of the two trainers on the course. The homeowners were delighted with their complete home makeover and said it was a dream come true.  They had wanted to update their home [...]

House Doctor training course in Leicestershire. 1 house, 5 days, 12 delegates. 2013-10-19T10:40:26+00:00
16 10, 2013

A house doctor project for an Australian couple – in Nottingham

2013-11-01T10:39:20+00:00

House Doctor fame reaches as far as Australia it would seem - this couple live in Australia but own a house in Nottingham. They had seen the House Doctor show many times, and decided to call me when it was time to put it on the market. It had been rented for a few years, but was in good condition. It needed furniture, window dressings and all the usual finishing touches - on a very tight budget.  We first agreed to only [...]

A house doctor project for an Australian couple – in Nottingham 2013-11-01T10:39:20+00:00
16 10, 2013

One-day house doctor service. (Newark)

2013-11-07T19:29:21+00:00

House Doctor Service - One-day Following a 3-hour consultation, the homeowner's family spent a couple of days in the house, tidying-up, painting the kitchen, and modernising the bathroom. A week later, I returned for a house doctor / photograph day, which involved me working my way around the house, styling it for the photographs and taking the photos when the light was just right. Before After a tidy-up and some plants in the pots Beore After [...]

One-day house doctor service. (Newark) 2013-11-07T19:29:21+00:00
15 10, 2013

An estate agent used my House Doctor services for her own home! (Flintham, Nottingham.)

2013-11-06T09:07:04+00:00

This is the third time an estate agent has asked for my House Doctor services to sort their own home. And it SOLD within ten days! This busy lady knew her empty cottage needed some attention before it went on the market. It didn't have much kerb appeal, so potential buyers needed to see what was inside.  She knew that good photographs were essential, and it worked! Here are the photos. In true house doctor style, we kept the budget [...]

An estate agent used my House Doctor services for her own home! (Flintham, Nottingham.) 2013-11-06T09:07:04+00:00
15 10, 2013

House Doctor service. Walsall, Birmingham.

2013-11-01T11:12:41+00:00

My house doctor services were recently put to the test in this very poorly house in Walsall.  We found rising damp, dry rot and asbestos!  But, they were all treated, removed and repaired, and now the house is safe and dry, and ready to rent. My client was relieved and delighted with the result: " Hi Lynn, its fab! Well done to all! We esp love the bathroom and kitchen, Ann  Maurice would be proud of u!! The letting chap thought [...]

House Doctor service. Walsall, Birmingham. 2013-11-01T11:12:41+00:00
5 11, 2012

House Doctor Makeover 2012. Nottingham. Before and after photos.

2013-10-19T10:41:43+00:00

Here are the final 'Before' and 'After' photographs of the House Doctor Makeover 2012. See all my previous posts for more details about the course and the makeover. Before After Before After   Before After Before After The House Doctor course covers all the rooms in the house. Before After Before   After Some rooms were decorated before the start of the house doctor course. before After Before After Before After Before After Before After The House Doctor course trains [...]

House Doctor Makeover 2012. Nottingham. Before and after photos. 2013-10-19T10:41:43+00:00
25 09, 2012

Are houses really as cluttered as they show them to be on TV?

2013-09-26T20:30:02+00:00

I'm often asked if houses really are as cluttered as they show on the television, or if they have been made worse for the drama.  This client is real, and so was her 40 years of clutter, unfortunately... The Master Bedroom Bedroom 2 The kitchen There are no 'After' photos yet, as the project is ongoing, but my lovely client now has a wonderful bright red gloss kitchen in place - one she's always [...]

Are houses really as cluttered as they show them to be on TV? 2013-09-26T20:30:02+00:00
6 09, 2012

Sweet little book…

2013-09-23T14:33:12+00:00

The little old book I found in a cottage in Wales is so sweet: "Friends will shake their heads - take no notice" "Have a man in"  And check-out the wallpapering instructions: 

Sweet little book… 2013-09-23T14:33:12+00:00
3 09, 2012

I found a real little treasure in N Wales…

2013-09-21T19:36:11+00:00

In a remote holiday cottage, in Wales, on a little bookshelf in the hall, I discovered this little gem. A "House Doctor" book, from 1926! It refers to a house as being alive - having eyes (windows), veins (electricity), a heart (kitchen stove), lungs (room spaces) etc and mentions servants and housewive's handymen hero's!! Lovely. They let me keep it, I will treasure it. "The heart may demand diagnosis""A careless servant's hand..."  "A handyman is of more use than a hero!"  More gems [...]

I found a real little treasure in N Wales… 2013-09-21T19:36:11+00:00
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