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My entire kitchen was £900 on Gumtree!

A devotee to the wonders of online auctions, upcycling and all that is pre-owned, Gigi Eligoloff’s makeover is a masterclass in bargain hunting

Expert advice Bea Owen from Photos Olly Gordon Styling Charlotte Coward-Williams

Welcome to my home

A bit about me

I’m Gigi Eligoloff and I live with my kids Kit, eight, and Delphi, four.

Where I live

My 1920s home has three bedrooms and is in Barnes, London.

What I wanted to change

The garden had extra space as we are at the end of a row of terraces, but the inside was a typical two-up, two-down. We were able to transform the house dramatically by extending into the side return and enlarging the kitchen.

How I made it my own

I tried to keep as much of the character of the house as I could. But the colours and vintage feel is all me.

My favourite part

I love the lightness and the symmetry of the back of the house. When the blossom comes out in the spring and the grass is lush and green it’s a such a pleasure to gaze out onto.

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About Homestyle

I always feel incredibly lucky that it’s part of my job to go around the country visiting beautiful homes to shoot for the magazine, and this month was particularly special. I was so inspired by the home of Gigi Eligoloff (this month’s cover girl, see page 16). She has filled her small London home almost entirely from lost and second-hand treasures, yet the result is a relaxed and surprisingly sophisticated style that can’t help but make you smile. She really ticked the HomeStyle box when we discovered she had bought her entire kitchen on Gumtree for £900! Another showstopper this issue is the upcycling feature – turn to page 85 right now for the most stunning cupboard revamp. It’s proof that breathing life back into things other people don’t want can create items that will be treasured for generations to come. And if you’re about to embark on your own makeover, don’t miss our top trend hot list on page 74 – with these ideas, you won’t just be one small step ahead of the crowds, you’ll be one huge HomeStyle leap!