My Thrifty Home.


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My name is Abi and I am a Pinterest addict. But much as I love pinning photos of enviable living and workspaces I often feel a bit ashamed about my own space. Lack of time, money and loft apartments im Bristol mean that I have been guilty of not making the best of what I have.

A year ago, when I moved in to this flat I had a bed and some kitchen stuff. That was it. A friend lent me a spare TV and an airbed and for the first 6 weeks, I lived in an empty room until I found a suitable secondhand sofa on gumtree that barely fitted through the doorways but that I was so determined to have I made it. The sofa cost me £150 and still remains the most expensive thing in the room. The rug was passed on to me by a friend who was moving house and the two units £5 bargains from the junk shop down the road, who even delivered them for me. The coffee table I found in my local emmaus charity shop for £5 and my boyfriend helped me carry it back to the flat. My cheapest find was a great wicker basket I store magazines in which was left outside by a neighbour with “take me” written on a piece of paper- one of the best things about this Neighbourhood. Everything else, all those little bits that  make a house a home were extremely cheap. Sourced from vintage stores ( like the wooden shoe lasts) Homesense/TK Maxx, ASDA, Matalan or Primark. Yes… you read that correctly. I am a big believer that a nice place to live need not cost the earth and I am proud of what I have achieved with so little.

My next project is a great workspace! If you have any ideas then let me know.

My Thrifty Home.

What do you do all day?| Working from home series.

Happy Friday!  It is the end of the week and also the conclusion of my 3 part series I have put together about working from home. This video answers the burning question what I do all day when I am not at meetings or shoots and gives a bit of insight into my planning process so I stay organised. And yes, I do use a paper planner!

What do you do all day?| Working from home series.

Where I was and where I am now.

I went away for a bit. It was no big deal, it just had a lot to do with me moving into a flat on my own, becoming suddenly homeless prior to that, changing day jobs and getting so overwhelmed with shoots that something had to give. When every single moment of your day is given over to something creative, there is little time to blog about it, much less to remember everything you have done.

For a few weeks back there, I thought things were going to slip back. I thought that I would go back to that sad, depressed person I was 18 months ago, when my living situation was uncertain and I felt totally lost. But I am pleased to say that slowly, slowly… things have improved. Things have improved quite a lot, actually. I have gone from doing a day job that paid the bills to one that I actually love doing. My flat, far from being the stop gap compromise it felt like at the time when my original place fell through, has transpired to be the biggest life changer for me. My own space. No longer do I have to sneak around, fearful of offending a housemate, no longer do I feel aggrieved for shouldering the lion’s share of the housework generated by somebody else’s mess. No longer do I feel like I am paying over the odds to live in a space I don’t feel able to make full use of.  The best part is that I can furnish it as I wish, which for me has been slowly, month by month. Coming home to things the way I have left them NEVER gets old for me.

Photography wise, things are really exciting right now. I have a couple of editorials about to be released this month and around 6 lined up for the New Year. One of the frustrations about being a photographer, is having a huge volume of work that you can’t share with people until it is published. Sitting on some of this stuff has been a real challenge but I am looking forward to being able to post it here soon.  I am also in the midst of finalising the details of the 2014 workshops so if you are on the mailing list for those, expect an announcement soon.

I hope 2014 will see me visit here a bit more. I also plan on revamping my website and portfolio to showcase this new work. 

Where I was and where I am now.