5 lessons we’ve learnt from George Clarke

There's a lot we can learn from the man behind George Clarke's Amazing Spaces and The Home Show, namely how to appreciate your tiny home...

He may have a pad in Notting Hill, but we know George Clarke has a passion for transforming small spaces into amazing homes. From the sustainable tree house
(remember that episode?) to the pimped up campervan, this man knows a thing or two about tiny spaces. Here’s what we’ve learnt from Mr Clarke….

1. Have a vision

If you’ve ever watched George on The Restoration Man or George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, you’ll know that George has a vision. He loves the idea of restoring old properties or dilapidated horse trailers. Whether you’re dealing with a compact flat or tiny room, think about your end goal – do you need a multi-functional space? How much time will you be spending there?

2. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty

He’s never afraid to get stuck in. Obviously, being a trained architect, George has got a wealth of knowledge when it comes to transforming spaces. Here at Housetohome, he’s certainly inspired us to get out our power drill and have a go. We’re not going too ambitious though, but we’ve definitely got any shelving or decorating work covered…

3. Think about dual-purpose furniture

Remember the campervan where the seat was a bed and the table was a storage unit? Yep, when it comes to tiny homes it’s all about multi-functional, clever design.

4. Stay true to your home’s spirit

Whether you live in a modern new-build or a tiny Victorian conversion, think about the true ‘spirit’ of your home. Let period features sing out and make the most of any natural light. When it comes to small space living, we need to embrace our home’s unique features.

5. Have fun

What’s a decorating project if it’s not fun? Make your home reflect your personality and have fun re-creating looks you’ve seen online or in magazines. George always looks like he loves what he does, so we’re taking our cue from the great man himself!

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