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I will never tire of improving our house

Choosing a home for its future potential was a leap of faith for Cathy Pyle, but her vision held strong and now she’s reaping the rewards

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Cathy Pyle, I’m married to Tony, and we have three children, Izzie, 14, Eva, 9, and Louis, 7.

Where I live

We live in a fourbedroom Edwardian house in London.

What I wanted to change

All of the rooms needed general updating, but the main thing we transformed was the kitchen; it was poky and dark, with only a tiny window looking out onto the garden. It’s north-facing too, so there was very little natural light.

How I made it my own

Doing the work gradually, starting with things we could do ourselves and filling it with things we love to make it feel like a home.

My favourite part

The kitchen! We still can’t believe how beautiful it is on a sunny morning, filled with light, with the view over the garden.

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My taste seems to change on a daily basis! In the last few weeks I’ve visited readers with swoonworthy homes in the furthest reaches of the UK to photograph them for our pages. The interiors are vastly different, yet with each visit I fall instantly head over heels for that look! When I walked through the front door at Ali Cowie’s house, (turn to page 52) with her warm and rich colour schemes and references to popular music all around, I wanted to rush home and get the paint out. Then a trip to Guildford to meet Cathy Pyle (turn to page 40) in her unbelievably calm, light and airy home – created using a myriad of savvy cost-saving DIY devices – and I was smitten with a pared down neutral colour palette once again. Do you get dizzy at the thought of all that choice when confronted by a paint chart or new sofa style (not to mention having to fight your corner with your partner!)? If I’m agonising over decisions for my home, I gather together tear sheets from magazines of all my favourite things for a few weeks and then see which colour I have the most of. Try it... the results might surprise you!