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The Room Junkie Story – Love your home!

The Room Junkie Story
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My manifesto – I want you to love your home as much as I love mine!

I originally trained as a Nurse, and was a stay at home Mum for years, but Interior Design has always been my abiding passion and obsession.

Our first family home was a beautiful old house in a leafy suburb of Dublin, Ireland, which we bought in the summer of 1992. Mortgage interest rates suddenly went through the roof (no pun intended!), and we soon realised that we now owned a lovely wreck, which we had no money to do anything with!

This was the catalyst for me to perfect my Interior Design skills. I knew that I had a natural gift for putting interiors together, and a good eye for design, so I decided to study the subject professionally. I first studied with The Regent Academy of Fine Arts in London, and then with Limperts Academy of Design in Dublin, where I was awarded a Diploma in Interior Design with Distinction.

My life’s mission was to transform that old house into a fabulous, functional and stylish home on a shoestring budget. I found that I became obsessed with finding creative and inventive ways of compensating for my modest funds. I wanted it all! A stylish high end look that totally belied the budget. This was the start of my “More Dash than Cash” philosophy, getting the look without the spend! This story has a happy ending, I achieved my goal of creating an amazing home, which we sold successfully, when we relocated to our beloved Donegal, and built our dream home overlooking Lough Swilly.

Fast forward a few years, and I was contacted by an independent TV production company, who asked me to take part in RTE Television’s Showhouse challenge. This was a TV show where two Interior Designers were asked to bring a bare shell to a showhouse, in six days, with a fixed budget, and with the cameras rolling throughout. On the seventh day, the public viewed the house, and voted for their favourite. A sane person would probably have said no, instead I created my first showhouse in six days, with the country watching. An added bonus was the fact that the developer was none other than Shane Filan, of boyband Westlife. He loved my house, and so did the public, and I won the challenge strongly. Again, I had put huge effort into creating an innovative design that is no way reflected the budget. That house was full of cost effective inspiration for first time buyers.

I was hooked. All my life I had passionately believed in the positive benefits of living in a well-designed and inspiring environment. Most people want to live in a beautiful space that reflects and supports their personality and lifestyle. Most people need professional design assistance to realise this dream. The global economic recession effectively changed all that, and I realised that very few people would be able to afford to hire an interior designer in the traditional sense any more. This saddened me terribly, I was determined to find another way, and that’s how Room Junkie was born.

Room Junkie is Interior Design for people who live in the real world. It is the perfect solution for design savvy people who have an idea of how they want their home to look, but don’t have a clue where to start. It is for people who won’t allow a modest budget get in the way of a fabulous home.  It is for people open to rolling up their sleeves, and doing some of the ground work.  It is for people with children and pets, who want a home designed to solve the challenges they bring. I share my home with my husband, three busy sons and two dogs, one of whom, Elsa is a giant breed Leonberger who sheds. I still have a beautiful home.

I want to share all my tips, secrets and inspiration with you on Twitter, Facebook and on my Room Junkie blog. I want to help you have the home you truly deserve. It is my absolute delight to find you amazing, affordable solutions, and I will also share my home, my design projects and my unbridled design passion with you, week in, week out.

Room Junkie, addicted to good design, and showing you how to create the home of your dreams. Join my mailing list now, and I will send you my free eBook ” 101 Interior Design Secrets” just to get you started!  http://bit.ly/1pELdpF

Stay fabulous,
Anne xxx