Woman turns ‘boring’ home into ‘flamboyant’ 1930s dream mansion in just 12 weeks

A woman has turned her home into a 1930s dream, after filling it with leopard prints, tropical wallpaper and velvet furniture in just 12 weeks.

Siobhan Murphy, 42, is a self-proclaimed ‘maximalist’ choosing bold colours and textures for her home as well as her wardrobe.

After moving into her home in Leeds with husband, Nick Wilson, 46, just 12 weeks ago, Siobhan has transformed their new buy its a Miami-style pad.

She said: ”I moved into the property around twelve weeks ago, and the walls were magnolia, plain and boring.

"It isn't my style to use beige and creams, I am a maximalist and I love my homes to have the wow factor.

"I prefer colours and even a black feature wall with pieces of art work.

"I absolutely love velvet cocktail chairs, I have dotted a few around my house with coloured throws and decorative cushions.”

And decorating does not have to break the bank, she says. Her items have been bought from charity shops, flea markets, ebay, antique shops and even social media.

Siobhan, who works for the NHS, added: "Revamping your home doesn't have to be expensive, I am always on the hunt for bargains in charity shops and flea markets.

"But sometimes I can't resist items and have splurged out, the ostrich feather lamp which was £1,200 from eBay and my fireplace was £800.

"I received a message on Instagram from someone who noticed their fireplace would suit my theme and I couldn't say no.

"I also purchased a lovely set of drawers from an Instagram follower for just £20.

"eBay has been a great source for 1930's art deco furniture, I have bought multiple lamps for £20 to £50.

"I up-cycle when I can by adding a lick of paint or by using left over wallpapers to make high street shop items bespoke.

"I purchased a butlers table from Matalan and stuck in some wallpaper and it made all the difference."

In total, the transformation cost £15,000.

Siobhan admits much of the inspiration for the decoration stems from her wardrobe which is packed with floral, leopard and snake print clothing.

Luckily for Siobhan, her husband Nick, accepts her colourful taste despite his own preference for simple white walls.

One of the ways Siobhan keeps the cost of decorating low is through up-cycling furniture, by adding a lick of paint or by using leftover wallpapers to make high street shop items bespoke, she said.

On one occasion she revamped a butlers table from Matalan with wallpaper.

Now Siobhan has turned her attention to the history of the house after discovering it was built in 1936 for a female GP and has had a succession of strong female owners.

So far she has sourced the original floor plan of the house that shows her office was formerly a GP surgery and the bathroom was a waiting room.

Years later, in the 1950s, the space was turned into a hair salon and an upmarket cosmetic store.

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