A businesswoman who splurged £50,000 on turning her home into the perfect rose coloured paradise is tickled pink by the no-expense-spared result.
Mum Gemma Markland, 30, spent months trawling shops for furnishings before she had even bought her first house in September 2019.
She was busy painting the previously white walls within two hours of receiving the house keys and is now happily ensconced in her dream home with husband, Kyle, 28, and daughter, Grace, 10, from a previous relationship.
The rose-coloured theme is everywhere – from the wallpaper to the chairs and lampshades.
Her Instagram page following her progress now has almost 100,000 fans and attracts around 600 new followers a day.
Gemma said: “I must have spent about £50,000 on accessories and furnishings to make my house 100 per cent pink.
“I do try to save where I can, though, so everything has been DIY. For the past 11 months, we have dedicated spare moments, like evenings and weekends, to redecorating.
“Kyle laughs at me, as I will happily spend £1,000 on a table to make sure it’s the perfect shade of pink, but I won’t pay for someone to do our wallpapering.”
Gemma, who owns her own company making bespoke bridal gowns, spent years having her creative flair stifled by tenancy agreements in rented homes.
When she and Kyle had their offer of £330,000 accepted for their four-bedroom detached property in Wigan, Greater Manchester, her mind turned to decorating.
And there was only one hue she had in mind.
She said: “I’ve always loved pink – but the blush and rose gold tones, rather than the Barbie bubblegum pink.
“Kyle and I even had a blush and rose gold colour scheme at our wedding so, of course, there was only one colour I wanted to decorate our first home.
“At first, he wasn’t on board with living in a pink house, so I told him it’d just be Grace’s bedroom and my office.
“As soon as I started buying accessories, though, he changed his mind.
“Everybody always asks me how I got my husband to agree to live in this pink paradise, but he likes it and thinks it looks great.”
After meticulously scouring furniture and home accessory stores, Gemma accumulated an impressive array of pink treasures.
She searched by colour first and when furniture didn’t come in pink, she used spray paint.
Just before moving in, she set up an Instagram page called The Markland Home – mostly so she could have a place to keep her photos and look back on how far she had come.
To her surprise, her picture diary went down a storm.
“I still can’t quite believe I’m at nearly 100,000 followers,” she said. “I never thought I’d even get 1,000.
“I wanted to show people what the reality of buying and decorating a new build was like, but I think the fact my house is completely pink is really unique and catches people’s eyes when they’re scrolling.
“People tell me my pictures are very aesthetically pleasing, which makes me happy, as the showroom look is exactly what I was going for.”
“Grace absolutely loves it, too, and is always telling people to follow me.”
Gemma’s favourite spot in the house is her dressing room, featuring a huge wardrobe, with all her perfectly presented blush-toned clothes on display.
She said: “Because I display my pink clothes and pack everything else away in drawers, it looks like I have a 100 per cent pink wardrobe,” she said.
“Actually, I don’t wear as much pink as you’d think. I’m not quite at that level yet – I’ve got blue jeans and dark t-shirts like everybody else.”
“Similarly, I posted a picture of my car not long ago, which is blue and I got so many comments saying how surprised people were that I didn’t have a pink car!”
There are a few remaining jobs, including replacing her silver range cooker and knocking through a wall, to make the dining area more open plan.
Gemma said: “I’ve got the bug for it now. There is a certain sense of pride that comes with looking back and knowing we did all this ourselves.”
Follow Gemma at www.instagram.com/themarklandhome