Home is somewhere to feel safe and loved …and to love my children.

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There’s just me, my three children, 2 cats and 2 dogs.


This was a re-possessed house. I liked it because it was affordable, close to the school for the children…it had a small garden. It needed a bit of work doing to it but not too much. …I just saw there was room for improvement. …They had the Pantheon painted on the back of kitchen wall. They had half tiles and half wood. So the table was on a painted green wooden floor with a decoration round it …and tiles there… and then a very old sort of brown wooden kitchen. Then they had a fake polystyrene wall over the top of the cooker, the hob.   It was very odd….and there was a vine stencilled all the way round the walls…. It was horrendous. You forget…all those things. And I was pregnant at the time. I was doing all those things while pregnant and working..


My piano is in there. I don’t know what I’m going to do it’s going to have to come out of there.. its just an old tacky thing  … The children started, but they weren’t interested. I want to keep it in case so it’s there…  The middle one is very musical. He is on the ukulele and if he carries on with that I will buy him a guitar… he’s already asking for an electric guitar.


back door to garden family home


…It was the fact that there were gardens there…. Being able to grow things is important to me. I would never have decking or anything like that. I like things growing. And it’s a bit of space for the children. They’re not big but it’s a bit of space to get out if they need to.





dog on sofa asleep


My neighbours are lovely. They are all elderly and ..I know them all by name, they know me by name….. My husband left me in October and they have been absolutely lovely. They have all pitched in and tried to help and looked after the children when I needed to do stuff.


Since he’s left I’ve decorated. This was all duck-egg blue. I only got it done 2 weeks ago. I just wanted a change, just to change… brighten things up…and yeah definitely get rid …of him. There’s not one piece of him left.


fruit on family table



I got a bigger table. It’s more social and there’s always people in the house.


.When they were little there would have been things all over the place.  Now L. loves her drawing, she sits at the table or colours in. M. would go upstairs and go through books, S…. it’s just games, games, games … X box.  They are all into different things but it’s not like when they were little. They have their own things they like doing.



green bedroom with lampshade



I have just moved into the box room because it’s just me so the boys can get the bigger room so they can play in there. My daughter has the biggest room. I’ve re-decorated because it was the brightest pink you ever did see. When we moved in she was only 4 and pink was her thing. It’s now a beautiful shade of green….



superheroes wallpaper and curtains



The boys’ room I did that quite a while ago, they have the superheroes on the wall. It’s just my room… and the bathroom really that need doing next. Small rooms that I can do in a day.  I needed to take my mind off things..


cat in kitchen with chairs


Home.. is somewhere to feel safe and loved and l to love my children.


I get up at quarter past seven and jump in the shower and try to get the rest up at half seven. L. is getting more and more difficult to wake up in the mornings, she’s nine.  She would read all night. She’s just finished Harry Potter…They come down get some breakfast and then they get dressed. There’s normally a lot of shouting and a lot of this do this, do that..do  the other and we eventually all get out. If the weather is like this we walk, if it’s pouring down with rain we jump in the car. Then I come home take the dogs for a walk… and  I try to get stuff done. I work. I’m a nurse in intensive care.


fireplace, red wall living room and dog


The fireplace was already here and there was like a gas fire in it but I  told them to take it out and painted that black. I couldn’t afford a new fireplace and thought that colour would go with it.


I buy everything second hand and… like I bought those tables and I will paint those up..the book case I just painted up… that chest it’s just got all the  kids’ toys in but I will get round to painting that….  I’m an environmentalist I suppose I don’t like to waste things you know…


… I just liked that colour, thought it was cosy. The red? … More because it matched the fireplace and it was warm and cosy. I didn’t want a bright red I wanted a deep red… I just think … see with the plants as well it’s kind of Victorian.. I like that.  I will eventually get round to getting curtains… it’s just the money you know….they were ones that went with the old…. Because you can’t afford to change everything you just go with the flow….



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Nuala Rooney PhD, is a creative professional and award-winning author, currently developing new approaches to design innovation and spatial research through storytelling. With unique skillsets, developed as a design educator in Higher Education institutions in UK and Hong Kong, her interest lies in exploring 'home' as a human centred space.

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