The big day is almost upon us – after months of preparation, we’re all rubbing our hands with glee in the 4Homes office as we gear up for episode one of Kirstie’s Homemade Home. The show will see Primelocation.com’s own favourite property presenter, Kirstie Allsopp, getting crafty as she restores from scratch a run-down rural retreat in North Devon.
Along the way Kirstie explores the marginalised trades and skills that used to be so prevalent in Britain, from glass blowing and blacksmithing to knitting and willow-working. She also teaches us all about her forte – bagging a bargain! Each week a different room at Meadowgate, Kirstie’s home-from-home, is transformed using the crafts and thrifty tips Kirstie has learned during the programme. It’s an Allsopp-inspired lesson in shabby chic.
As ever at 4Homes, we’ve pulled out all the stops to provide loads of content we hope will be of interest to viewers. We’ve got over 20 step-by-step craft guides you can try at home, covering everything from making curtains to potting plants. On top of that there’s essential info on how to find a craft course near you, and shopping information for all the items you’ll need to transform your house into a homemade home.
If all that Allsopp is a bit overwhelming, Kevin McCloud will be revisiting memorable Grand Designs projects for the next three Wednesdays, and moving into May you can expect an all-new series of George Clarke’s The Home Show.
Kirstie’s Homemade Home starts this Thursday at 8pm on Channel 4.
Rich Payne is Deputy Editor of Channel 4’s property website, 4Homes.