Hello, and welcome to our home!
We’re Christine & Jan and here’s where you can find us chatting about restoring our 100-year-old apartment, tackling DIY and craft projects and sharing a few disasters and triumphs along the way.
Just be warned, we don’t hold back here! This is real life, uncensored, nitty-gritty DIY. It’s not always pretty, it’s not always clean and tidy and it’s definitely not always Pinterest worthy. It’s our home and these are real DIY projects!
We used to be scared of DIY but we now tackle everything and we show you the steps to improve your home, too. If we can do it, everyone can do it!
It’s an amazing feeling to stand back and be able to say “We built that!” and we hope that we can inspire you to take on some of your own DIY projects – it’s easier than you think!
Who we are.
Jan is a bit of a geek. He’s responsible for trying to keep this site running and does most of the coding and blog maintenance around here. He also does most of the demolition work and yucky jobs in our home. He’s a bit of a power tool addict. He breaks out in a cold sweat whenever Christine says “I’ve had an idea” and often has to implement her mad plans.
He’s great at staying calm under pressure but is not exactly the best when it comes to doing anything that requires accuracy. He loves to travel, enjoys diving and is much better at DIY than he gives himself credit for. If he’s not blogging here, you can find him reading Game of Thrones, doing something sporty or trying to talk Christine out of starting yet another project.
Christine is responsible for most of the planning and craftiness around here. Being organised makes her happy. She can always see what she wants the room to look like when finished, but
rarely never has the budget to do it all in one go. She believes that a true home evolves over time, but would like everything done now!
She loves photography (although her skills could do with improving), making things pretty and usually has an irresistible urge to personalise things. She’s a bit of a neat freak and would love her own library (that she could spend days organising and reorganising). If she’s not blogging here, you can find her watching House of Cards, painting something or bossing Jan around.
Together we’re the dynamic duo of DIY. We think that any job worth doing is worth doing well. We believe that you don’t have to have a massive bank balance to create a home you love. We’re not perfect… (Psst. don’t tell anyone). We love a perfectly organised, clean and tidy home – it just usually isn’t ours! Keep an open mind, it’s all a work in progress around here!
After years of living in tiny city centre apartments, we finally bought our first house in a wonderful suburb of Manchester (England) in June 2010.
It took us over a year of searching, but the moment we entered our dilapidated house, we knew we’d found “the one”. Looking past the dodgy decor, the garden that was completely covered in tarmac and trying to ignore the smell, it was love at first sight. So much so, that Christine put in an offer AND had it accepted before Jan had even seen the house. Luckily he loved it, too and we spent 6 years renovating, improving and turning into our home.
When we moved in, it was in a complete state of disrepair, with mouldy walls and windows, a very damp cellar, pee-soaked carpet, scary electrics and pretty much no heating. With each project, we slowly restored the house back to its former glory.
Why not check out our House Tour for our most current before & after pictures!
In September 2017 we made the huge life-changing decision to completely uproot our lives and move to Berlin! We’ve just bought our next home which is an amazing apartment with high ceilings, lots of period features oh, and of course, lots and lots of home improvements that need doing!
We’re still at the very beginning of renovating our new apartment and already have loads of projects planned. There are going to be some big changes so stay tuned as we’ll be sharing all of our progress right here!
We started this blog back in 2012 – exactly two years after getting the keys to our first house. It’s a place to keep track of our renovation progress and a way to share our share our stories, adventures and photos with friends and family who live dotted all around the world.
Here you can find us chatting about restoring our 100-year-old apartment, tackling DIY and craft projects and sharing a few disasters and triumphs along the way. Just be warned, we don’t hold back here! This is real life, uncensored, nitty-gritty DIY with a few pretty pictures thrown in for good measure.
Here are some of our favourite posts and transformations so far!
Our hallway was one of our favourite spaces in our home. It was part of the reason we fell in love the house and we knew that it could be fab. This is what it looked like when we moved in…
and here’s what it looks like now!
We’ve also been busy improving our outside space.
We’ve shared so many projects over the last few years and if you want to find out more of what we’ve been up to you can see all of our full archives here or take a tour and see what our home currently looks like here.
Thank you for stopping by and we hope you stick around and join us for a few more home improvement adventures!
Want to get in touch?
We hope that you enjoy your virtual tours of our homes and we’d love to hear your thoughts, stories, questions and advice. It really makes our day to hear from you, so please feel free to leave a comment or drop us a line and we’ll reply as soon as we can!
We hope you come back to our Little House On The Corner to check out all the fun and see how our projects are progressing!
We love seeing pictures of your projects so please share them with us! Tag your projects on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #makecreatelove
Christine & Jan xoxo