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What if famous authors designed their own homes?

Our favourite authors have the unique skill of transporting us to other worlds with nothing more than the written word. Whether it’s a haunted mansion or a land of fantasy, it’s often the settings in books that are the most provocative and leave the longest-lasting impressions.

As most renowned authors take pieces of everyday life as inspiration for their works, how closely do their homes play a part in their storytelling? 

To find out, double glazing replacement specialists Cloudy2Clear have created 8 unique room designs, each belonging to a different author. Everything from the furniture to the architecture, the designs look like they’ve been pulled straight from the imagination of some of the world’s most-loved writers. With authors spanning every genre, each room boasts its own distinct style and conjures up the feelings of getting lost once again in some of our favourite novels.

(Keep your eyes peeled for some nods to your favourite books!)

1. Stephen King

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Since his debut novel Carrie was first published in 1974, Stephen King has created a horror legacy that has spanned decades. To this day, King is still chilling readers with his masterful sprinkling of supernatural elements in mundane and everyday scenarios.

There’s no doubt that King has a vivid imagination, dreaming up a vast range of villains, monsters and things that go bump in the night to keep his readers hooked and horrified. What makes a King novel truly terrifying is that he can make simple items chill you to your bones – think the red balloon from IT or room 237 in The Shining. 

It’s easy to believe then that King could create all manner of ghouls from looking around his bedroom. Whether it’s the contents of his wardrobe or the design of his rug; if King can make it spooky, he will.

If there’s one thing that connects King’s novels, it’s the locations. Chances are that if you’ve picked up a Stephen King novel, it’s set in the state of Maine. It’s where King is originally from and more often than not, his tales are told from small towns in ‘The Pine Tree State’. To pay homage, much like the man himself, King’s bedroom has been heavily influenced by Maine style: effortlessly blending modern, sophisticated style with natural and organic materials. The result – post-modern rustic, a staple of Maine interior design.

2. Agatha Christie

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If her work is anything to go by, Agatha Christie’s home will have undoubtedly featured an opulent 1920’s parlour room (where else would she reveal who did it?). 

Her well-deserved title of ‘The Queen of Crime’ is built on her introduction of themes and motifs that are now considered classic mystery structure. Whether it’s the moustachioed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot or amateur sleuth, Miss Marple, Christie’s novels focus on detection, misdirection and shocking reveals; usually after gathering the surviving characters for maximum shocks.

Although Christie crafted well-developed characters that anyone can relate to, her novels are almost exclusively based around high society and set in grand locations. Naturally, a peek into her own home would reveal a similar level of class and grandeur. 

With fine renaissance artwork, grand fixtures and furniture that would feel at home in any English manor house, It’s easy to picture her writing (or solving) mysteries behind her desk. Then again, Christie is a master of misdirecting her audience, so this could easily be her bathroom.    

3. George Orwell

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Novels can often be left open to interpretation – but not with George Orwell. He believed that too much writing was used to trick and manipulate readers without speaking the truth. It’s easy to see this belief in Orwell’s own works, as he typically avoids overly-intricate and unnecessary language.

He makes the use of manipulation through language prominent in Animal Farm, as the pigs make use of propaganda and intricate speech to trick the other animals into a false sense of patriotism. 1984 reflects this theme too, as language is restricted to prevent people from putting their thoughts into words. Another issue Orwell raises is that of our societies need for constant surveillance – he even coined the popular term ‘Big Brother’.

When looking at Orwell’s home, it feels natural to allow his beliefs of honesty and truth to tailor the design. Even in our homes, we’re being monitored more than ever and Orwell wouldn’t shy away from that fact or try to convince himself otherwise. 

4. Dan Brown

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Author of the bestselling Robert Langdon book series – think The Da Vinci Code and Angels and Demons – Dan Brown is a fan of conspiracy theories. Whether it’s secret societies or shady government agencies, Brown likes to have someone pulling the strings from behind the scenes.  

Although previously criticised for melding fact and fiction, Brown heavily researches his subject matter. From religion to art history, Brown delves deep to find the (relative) facts.

Like any conspiracy theorist worth his salt, Brown’s home wouldn’t be complete without a secret, dimly-lit room to map out every detail and blow the case wide open. With plenty of source material to go on and a sense of organised chaos, Brown has everything he needs in his study to connect the dots and find out what’s really going on.

5. Tom Clancy

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Whether it’s war, terrorism or espionage – if there’s an immediate danger and a no-nonsense protagonist up against the odds, you’re reading a Tom Clancy novel. With his books being adapted into blockbuster movies, video games and TV shows, Clancy has cemented himself as the go-to storyteller for military thrillers.

Even Clancy’s writing style is disciplined to a military degree. He has described writing as similar to golf, stating that “It’s hard work. You do it and keep doing it until you get it right”.

It’s only natural that Clancy’s no-nonsense writing style and strong military themes would bleed into the design of his home. With a practically spartan setup in the bedroom and a night vision camera, Clancy is ready for anything.

6. Beatrix Potter

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One of the world’s most famous children’s author, Beatrix Potter created some of the most loved and well-known characters in literature. Potter was as much an artist as she was an author, bringing her work to life with fantastic splashes of colour. 

Being a naturalist and keen lover of animals, it was only natural that her tales and illustrations would focus on animal protagonist – thus, the likes of Peter Rabbit and Mother Goose were born. Potter’s books were an instant success, combining her whimsical illustrations with realistic human situations and clear, easy to follow stories.

Potter was at her most inspired when holidaying in the Lake District, so it felt only right to design her garden. Full of life and bright, vibrant colours, Beatrix Potter’s garden is a feast for the eyes and a clear source of inspiration for both her writing and illustrating. 

7. F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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Much like his most famous work, The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald loved a good party. Fitzgerald and his wife Zelda regularly used their villa in the south of France to throw extravagant get-togethers for their social circles: they were so successful, in fact, that the pair actually managed to popularise jazz in the region.

Much of Fitzgerald’s novels are influenced by his own life: whether it was Zelda, considered one of the original ‘flapper girls’, or his experiences with the social hierarchy of the Roaring Twenties. As Fitzgerald’s work shows his audience a glimpse of his life, we only need to leaf through the pages of his books to imagine what his home would look like.

Being a known socialite and a prolific drinker – Hemingway once said that Fitzgerald was the only man he had ever met who could outdrink him – it’s only natural that he would have a grand ballroom to host his legendary parties. In fact, it’s improbable that you could ever visit Fitzgerald’s home and not wander into the midst of a lavish event, or at least witness the aftermath.

8. Roald Dahl

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If Beatrix Potter wasn’t your favourite author as a child, then it was probably Roald Dahl. Creating fantastical worlds on the page, Dahl’s work can be fun, humorous and occasionally frightening. Creativity is key with Dahl, with the only limit being your imagination.

If given the chance to snoop around Roald Dahl’s home, it’s the kitchen where you’ll find the fun. Dahl has had a strong connection with food from a young age, once stating that food is “one of the greatest innocent pleasures” and “a duty to be enjoyed by all”. 

There’s no doubt that his stories are influenced by his own tinkering with recipes, as food plays a big role in his books – representing everything from rewards and greed to a matter of life and death. As well as traditional goodies like sweets and chocolate cake, Dahl has created some truly whimsical treats to get your mind racing and your stomach rumbling. From brewing potions to growing his own giant-sized snozzcumbers, Dahl’s kitchen is his playground. 

 

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Fall in love with your property again

The month of love doesn’t have to be limited to just romance or for couples. With spring on the horizon, February is a great time to fall in love with your property again, whether that’s to get it ready for selling or just to enjoy your home to the fullest. We’ve listed some great ideas below on how to show your home some tender loving care, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

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Have a good old-fashioned clean-out

Set yourself a weekend aside and work through each room, making sure you are ruthless with what you need to keep and what can either be donated, upcycled (more on this later), or thrown away.

Clutter in your home can make you feel stressed, but you can also be anxious about throwing anything away, in case it’s required again in the future. However, unnecessary items such as old paperwork, ancient furniture that takes up space, clothing you haven’t worn in years, and broken kitchen appliances shouldn’t be keeping you up at night.

You’ll also find that removing this waste will mean that cleaning your home takes less time and is more of a joyful task to complete. Without having to lift up old ornaments to dust under or sifting through piles of paperwork to find that much needed council tax bill, you’ll get the job done quicker and have more time to sit down with a cup of coffee and enjoy your home.

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Change your furniture around

Once you’ve decluttered, now you can have a bit of fun with your home. Investing in new furniture and fittings can be expensive, and sometimes all you need is a bit of a reshuffle to get the updated and different feel to your home that you’ve been looking for.

Simply moving a side table to the other side, or repositioning your sofa, can change the whole look of a room. What about lighting? Moving a lamp from one corner to another can instantly add depth and size to a room – and hasn’t cost you a penny.

If you do have more budget to spend, think about investing in fitted wardrobes. This can free up a lot of space that you didn’t know you had, as well as providing you with more storage for those decluttered items.

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Repair any annoying snags

How many times have you said you would get around to fixing that dripping tap or repairing the broken drawer? We’re betting it’s countless. Getting these seemingly small and insignificant repairs sorted can ease your mind of extra worry.

If you have repairs that need an expert touch, such as cloudy or misty windows or a toilet that’s flush isn’t as powerful as it used to be, there’s no harm in calling in the experts. Don’t live with problems just because you’re concerned about the cost. Often these repairs won’t break the bank, especially if you contact the likes of Cloudy2Clear.

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Invest in some art or ornaments

We’re not talking about Picasso or Banksy. There’s plenty of unique and new artists out there on Instagram, Pinterest, and Etsy that can fill your walls and shelves with beautiful artwork, without breaking the bank. This is a great way to support new talent, as well as making your home look amazing for less.

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Try your hand at upcycling

If you’re feeling crafty and creative yourself, then you could always try your hand at creating your own artwork, adding a real personal stamp to your property. Upcycling is a great way to do this, by taking artwork or ornaments that you already have and creating something new and unique from them.

The same goes for furniture, as we mentioned earlier on in this article. Having old, unloved pieces doesn’t mean they automatically have to be donated or sent to the tip. Think about whether they can be sanded down and painted, perhaps even add new knobs or handles, and maybe even think about utilising them as outdoor furniture. An old side table can make a great drinks holder for those summer barbecues, and bookcases can be used as planters. The possibilities are endless.

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Accessorise, if redecorating isn’t an option

Falling in love with your property doesn’t have to be expensive and doesn’t mean you have to redecorate and start from scratch. You might also rent your property, which means you’re limited with decorating ideas. The best way to approach both problems is to accessorise.

Adding a mirror into any room can create the illusion that there’s more space; rugs can quickly add depth and colour where needed; fairy lights give a magical, homely feel; scatter cushions provide pops of colour; and a good, sturdy house plant can transform a corner.

If you’re looking to romance your home this Valentine’s, why not contact your local branch of Cloudy2Clear Windows, to repair any failed double glazing, or replace any broken locks, handles, or hinges, without breaking the bank (or your heart).

Top tips for selling your home in the new year

top tips for selling your home in the new year

January is a notoriously long month, with Christmas a distant memory, payday seems like it will never arrive, and the weather postpones numerous activities.

One thing we can rely on in January however, is the fact that people are still selling and buying houses, whether that’s due to high divorce rates this month or just simply because it’s a fresh start to the year.

The new year is also a great time to get your home ready and prepared for selling in the spring, a popular period for buyers, who have managed to get through the winter slump and are excited to view properties in the light of day again.

So what can be done to increase the likelihood of selling your home in the first quarter of the year? Here at Cloudy2Clear, we’ve created a handy guide for ensuring your property is as appealing as possible for buyers.

Aesthetics

As much as we don’t like to admit it, it’s hard for us to see past poor decorating, dirty carpets, and clutter. If a house looks like a home, it’s easier for us to imagine ourselves living, eating, and enjoying life there.

Staging your house for a sale is important if you really want to give buyers as much opportunity as possible to envisage themselves living there. How do you go about doing this?

Declutter rooms by only keeping what you need. Everything else can be thrown away, donated, or put into a self-storage unit. If you have friends/family with spare rooms or garage space, then you could even ask them to save on storage costs.

Clean thoroughly and keep on top of it. You never know when you might have a viewing and if you’re not prepared, you could put people off with dirty dishes in the sink and dog hairs all over the carpet.


Smell is incredibly important. Think about when you’ve viewed properties in the past, or even when you’ve walked into a building and noticed an odd aroma. If there’s an unpleasant greeting when potential buyers open a door or enter a new room, then this an immediately creep into their subconscious. Bad smells equate to something being off.


Keep decoration neutral. Grab a bucket full of magnolia paint and go to town. Remove any gawdy ornaments or artwork, as even though this is your taste, it might not be everyone else’s. Make sure your bed is made well, with a scatter of cushions, and ensure that any damage to walls, such as knocks and children’s scribble, is covered up and repaired.

Sort out any repairs. These include:

  • Repairing failed double glazing – misty or cloudy windows can be instantly off-putting for potential buyers and can also lead people to believe they will have to pay for entirely new double glazing, which is expensive and a big job. Getting the experts in before you start having viewings can potentially save you grief in the long-run.


  • Missing kitchen or bathroom tiles – although insignificant and doesn’t affect the structural elements of a property, missing tiles or broken slabs can add up. If potential buyers notice more than one minor repair, their renovation list becomes longer and they’ll only see the costs mounting up.


  • Broken fence panels – gardens are often forgotten about when it comes to selling your home in the winter, but buyers are still looking at this as an asset. Broken fence panels, dead plants, and broken slabs can put a buyer off immediately due to the amount of work they think they need to complete.


  • Stiff locks, handles, and hinges – if you have a savvy buyer looking around your home, they will be thorough in their viewing, so may open windows and outer doors for security purposes. If you have broken locks or loose hinges, this can deter them from looking any further.

Do you have any handy tips on selling your home successfully in the new year? Let us know via Facebook or Twitter and we might update this guide and include them!

If you do have any failed double glazing or window repairs that need completing before you sell your home, contact the experts at Cloudy2Clear today for more information.