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Digital Subscriptions > Homestyle > February 2016 > I Built my Dream Home to my own Design

I Built my Dream Home to my own Design

Buying a plot of land in Wales enabled Emily Parkinson to build a house from scratch and achieve the look she had always wanted
Photos Colin Poole

Buying a plot of land in Wales enabled Emily Parkinson to build a house from scratch and achieve the look she had always wanted

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Emily Parkinson and I live with my husband, Andrew, and our children, Jonah, 11, Eli, 8, and Elodie, 3.

Where I live

Our home is a five-bedroom new build in Mumbles, South Wales.

What I wanted to change

My granddad was an architect so I grew up around design and building. Andrew and I had renovated houses before but we didn’t feel like we were done. Building our own home was the next step.

How I made it my own

I didn’t want it to look like a new-build or be boxy, so we went for a cottage feel with a porch, and we’ve used lots of natural materials like wood and stone everywhere.

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Wow, another year has gone by already! There is something about packing away those Christmas decorations (and cleaning all the little corners that have been totally neglected for the past month...) that inspires a few changes on the home front. I always see things in a new light at this time of year and feel renewed energy and resolve to start afresh. If you are looking for ways to give your home a revamp, have a flick through our mini mag on HomeStyle’s best 40 rooms – there’s something for everyone. If you ask your friends, I’ll bet they’ll say that the room in their home that needs most attention is the bathroom. Even trawling through Pinterest and Instagram, it’s almost impossible to find really great inspiration for this much overlooked space, so we decided to challenge our resident stylist, Pippa Jameson, to come up with three different looks that are bang up to date for 2016. Another change here is that this is my last issue of our wonderful magazine! I have enjoyed every second of my time on HomeStyle with the most amazing team of people. I hand you over to them from the March issue. Enjoy!