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At home with The Urban Mole

You've seen her on the third series of The Great Interior design Challenge working her upcycling magic around a bedroom in a self-build estate in South London, a reception room in the model village of Bourneville and a farmer's kitchen. Talie Mole from The Urban Mole joins me today to discuss upcycling, personal styles and lessons learnt from the #GIDC. She is also sharing her home with us and examples of her fabulous upcycling.

Talie's Home


Talie lives in a1930s semi in Bletchley, Buckinghamshire, with husband Ian and their 3 dogs, Bug, Fen and Olive while also sharing the home part of the time with 2 step-children, Luke 20 and Lauren 13. They have lived here 3 years.

Before moving here, Talie had been living/working in Wiltshire and Ian had been renting an executive apartment in Milton Keynes. In her words "We didn’t even own a knife and fork between us! We were desperate to find the right property as this was our first together. The 1930s house was perfect, good room sizes, sturdy, good size outdoor space and a few charms."

"We decided to live in it for a year before deciding on how we were going to change it and design it. It was dated and tired but habitable. We spent 5 months decorating, building and styling the home. Smaller decorating work included removing all artex and skimming the ceiling, removing all chipboard paper and replacing the stair balustrade from a rickety pine to a solid oak.