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"I'm pastel obsessed - I'm doing an £190k renovation to eradicate all remaining black, grey or beige"

A pastel-obsessed mum is set to spend another £190,000 on her pink-filled home - to "eradicate all elements that are black, grey or beige".

Sophia Ferrari-Wills, 35, lives in a pastel pink paradise - a 1960s cottage she bought and began transforming in late 2019.

After years of DIY, it has a mermaid bathroom, forest playroom, ice cream office and tree house, which cost around £10,000.

Currently nearly all the rooms are pastel themed and mum-of-two loves it so much she's now changing EVERY bit of her home pastel coloured.

The beige tiled kitchen floors are set to be pastel pink and their orangery - currently the only room which isn't pastel - will be converted and extended then painted a shade in line with their theme.

Everything from their doors to the TAPS will match their colour scheme by the time the renovation is complete.

She believes the project - set to cost £190,000 and start in August - will mean there isn't a single non-pastel coloured thing in her house in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, by the time she's done in December.

Sophia, a content creator, and mum to Clemmie, four and Minnie, two, said: "The downstairs will be completely changed - we're doing everything I've always wanted to do.

"I've always felt held back by the kitchen's current style so we're having an extension and walls knocked down.

"We still want it to be in keeping with the cottage, but with a contemporary twist.

"I'll be doing all the decorating myself after the building work - then it'll be my dream home."

An orangery will be knocked down and turned into an open kitchen and living space, with utility room, pantry, snug and open kitchen and living space, which will cost £130,000

She wants it to feel like a pastel-coloured "open hug", and decoration will cost a further £60,000 - even though it will be a DIY project.

She said: "There’s talk of pink aluminium windows and a unique style of kitchen island with pastel details and pretty pastel pink tiles - there are loads of details I am planning.

"Of course, with the decoration, we're doing for maximum pastel impact."

After buying their cottage in 2019, Sophia and husband Chris, 42, a sales manager, started their pastel-inspired project.

Sophia began sharing their progress online over lockdown.

She was able to leave her full-time job as a midwife in April 2021 to pursue interior influencing around her pastel pink paradise.

Currently the kitchen is painted lilac, with scallop edges, pink tiles and pink appliances.

In the hallway, the walls are green and the shutters and pink and it is accessorised with a wavy mirror and side table.

The large living room has strawberry-themed wallpaper and calamine pink walls, with a yellow corner sofa and a baby pink one too.

It also has a gallery wall with neon lights, a pink log burner and yellow scallop detail around the fireplace.

The downstairs toilet is mermaid-themed while the playroom is forest-themed - with the rooms upstairs much in keeping with the pastel theme too.

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