Katie Price to ‘reset by wiping out old life’ as she renovates ‘Mucky Mansion’
An interior design expert has weighed in on how Katie Price could "reset" her life by renovating her so-called 'mucky mansion'.
London-based interior designer Aarti Popat says the house has "a lot of potential", and that undergoing extensive renovations could help to give Katie the chance to "wipe the slate clean".
Katie revealed in April that she was considering a move to a static caravan on the mansion's grounds, as the house itself is no longer liveable.
She had to leave her rented home because it has been sold by the owner.
But since then, the 'mucky mansion' has been savaged by vandals, and Katie has become convinced the house is haunted.
But she still wants to move back in.
And fiancé Carl Woods has also upped sticks and sold his own house, leaving them both on the lookout for a place to live in the meantime.
A source told The Sun: "Katie’s determined to give everything to turn her house in West Sussex back in the palace it once was.
"And while she is planning on doing most of the work herself with Carl, she has told those around her she’s considering living on site in a caravan."
She moved out of the £2million Sussex property so that renovation work could be carried out on it.
From the piles of rubbish littering the grounds to the dilapidated swimming pool, it will take a while to get the property back on the right tracks.
But she might need to "wipe the slate clean" before she can proceed, according to Aarti.
"There is a lot of potential in this house," she said. "Katie needs to think about wiping the slate clean with it before she can add her personality to it.
"The hallway is a blank canvas and can be refreshed by repainting it a neutral colour. By applying this neutral to the entire house it's almost a reset – for her and the home – to wipe out all the old and bring in the new.
"She could create impact by installing a large wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall, which reflects the light coming in through the door and windows."
She continued: "Throughout the house there are the brown wooden beams and this detailing follows through in the window frames, staircase and doors and it almost feels as though Katie wants to rip those details out [to avoid being] reminded of times gone by.
"Structurally, I’m not sure if the beams need to be in place, and so the best option would be to sand them down and repaint them sympathetically with a neutral stain and not the dark brown that they are currently," she advised.
"Change the doors and repaint the staircase or better yet replace the staircase with glass and metal detailing to bring it in line with how the rest of the house will look."
Along with a "neutral reset", the repaint will help to "change the look" of the whole house immediately, Aarti said.
"It will give Katie a good foundation to start injecting her personality in the space."
She picked up on the feature fireplace in Pricey's living area, commenting: "That fireplace on the other side of this huge family room is beautiful and I can almost imagine it at Christmas.
"I would suggest that they really make a feature of this and centrally round this room by placing some comfortable seating around this fireplace and making it the place to ‘lounge’."
But Katie will need to "rip everything out" of her master bedroom, despite it being "high luxe".
"While I'm sure Katie loved it previously, she is going to want to rip everything out," Aarti said. "I think starting with the neutral colour will be great, and I would love to see a custom floor-to-ceiling headboard behind her bed, paired with a dark blue or indigo wallpaper behind it to contrast."
Aarti also recommended building new side tables as part of the headboard, and integrate a light.
Having a floating headboard would lift everything and make the room feel "less clunky".
"The window dressing also needs to change, and I think layers could work well," Aarti added.
She suggested a "sheer voile" for the windows topped with linen in the same colour as a feature wallpaper.
"On top of that, she could add a thick, plumper velvet which can be pulled across or not depending on the time of year and setting."
Aarti also had ideas of how Katie could integrate her busy family life into her home, as the mum-of-five loves sharing photos of her kids.
She even showed off a set of dolls emblazoned with their faces that were branded "creepy" by her Instagram followers.
"Décor-wise, Katie loves having family photographs. I would love to see a photo wall with all of Katie's family and children represented, so that it becomes a feature that can be added to by using a series of different sized frames and photographs," Aarti explained.
And in terms of the kids' bedrooms, she suggested: "They should be playful but also thoughtfully considered.
"They need some longevity too as the children grow. Use their interests now but think about where they will be in a year or two. Could there be a cosy nook that could be transformed into a study or reading area?" she wondered.
And throughout the house, Aarti suggested "comforting greens, golds and taupes" to create a "nourishing feel".
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"She could then inject brighter colours where they might be needed, perhaps in the kids' rooms or even in bathrooms."
Aarti concluded: "Katie’s Tudor mansion has a lot of potential and she has the ability to really personalise her space, making it easier to live in.
"She needs to focus on creating an intentional space where each area of the home serves a purpose and works for her family."
Aarti represents her own interior design company Aarti Popat
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