‘We very nearly WALKED AWAY'
Style at Home|October 2020
‘We very nearly WALKED AWAY'
With a specific wish list, Julie struggled to find a property that had it all, so she took on a project, and has never looked back


ABOUT ME I’m Jeongeun Choi, 40, but everyone calls me Julie. I’m an Airbnb apartment manager, and I live with my husband, Adam Irvine, 34.

MY HOME I live in a four-bedroom detached house built in 1918, in Belfast, Northern Ireland. I have lived here for three years.

WHEN I MOVED IN The house was full of character. I loved the high ceilings and bay windows, but the decor was outdated, particularly the retro carpets and wallpaper.

AND NOW Our changes have made it more suited to modern living; not only in style, but also where layout and natural light is concerned.

STYLE TIP Always be prepared for something unexpected to happen, both mentally and financially; there are always setbacks along the way.

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Finding the perfect property wasn’t easy,’ says Julie. ‘My husband Adam and I were looking to upsize, so that our home could double as anoffice for his company.

‘He has a small team that comes to work with us, so it was crucial to find somewhere with a home office and loo somewhat separated from the rest of the house. This was the very first property we viewed at the start of our search, and it was just a 10-minute walk from our home at the time. We liked that it had the office space that we wanted, but otherwise it didn’t exactly blow us away. It needed a lot of work, and neither Adam nor I were sure about taking on such a huge project, so we put this property in the “maybe” pile, and kept on looking. Over the weeks that followed, we viewed a number of houses. Each had its merits, but none met our criteria in terms of the all-important office space, so we decided to give the first property a second chance, and came to view it again. To our surprise and relief we found that we actually really liked it, despite all the work it needed. It offered more space and potential than anywhere else we had viewed, and we could see it really suiting our lifestyle, so we took the plunge.

Room rejig


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October 2020