Whilst many refurbishment and development projects have slowed down or come to a complete halt during the last couple of months of lockdown, some property investors have maximised on having more free time and made the most of the rare opportunity to complete projects within their own homes. Here are a few examples of some rather inspired designs.
Colleen, of Pendant Financial Services and property investor
“My house was built in the late 1860s so I wanted to design something that was in keeping with the Victorian period, but with a modern twist. The wallpaper, curtains, rugs and chairs are the classic design “The Strawberry Thief” by William Morris. I painted the custom-made shelving and cupboards two-tone for a more modern look, using Dulux Lost Lake and Golden Beet. The lamp is a Tiffany-style shade and the piano is a family heirloom. The books range from the mid-1800s and I am very fussy about what order they go in!”
Shalona Beaumont, nurse, cake maker and property investor
“I am quirky and wild at heart. The wallpaper is from the Decorating Centre Online and I hung it myself, my friend made bespoke panelling (before Lockdown) to fit the room correctly and tie in with the theme. I painted the waterproof MDF panels with Zinsser AllCoat tinted to Black Blue by Farrow and Ball, also made up by Decorating Centre Online. The tiles are from CDT with a dark grey grout. The mirror belonged to my late Nan and the picture of the old pear soap was my late mum’s. The whole room was decorated around these two pieces. I am now in two-minds about creating a fake-plant ceiling to make it really individual!”
Home-schooling playtime heaven
Chris Garvey of CG Joinery & Building and property investor
“I’ve been wanting to transform the garden for the kids for the last two years but, being so busy completing projects for my clients, I’ve never had the time. I’m so thankful for the time the pandemic has given me. While my projects are on hold, I’ve been able to create something that my kids absolutely love and they spend most of their time playing with. It’s allowed the kids to let their imagination run wild – the castle has been a fortnite tower, princess castle, dungeon and climbing frame. Seeing them so happy whilst being outdoors has made me the happiest dad in the world! My kids are my world and building this for them has been the most satisfying and enjoyable project I’ve ever done.”
The majority of people who are successful in property, business and life in general speak of the importance of mindset. And in the current climate, perhaps more than ever there’s a need to maintain a positive frame of mind as much as possible.
We asked the members of The Property Thing network group in Darlington to share their hints, tips and general nuggets on how they look after their mental health and keep on pushing forward. If you would like to join this great group you can find them on Facebook.
“Make sure your ‘Why’ is massive… If you’re lacking motivation and discipline during the pandemic, then it’s probably because your ‘Why’ just ain’t big enough.”
“I have seven golden rules: meditation, blocking out time into 1-hour slots, goal setting, exercise, key performance indicators, reading (and I’m including listening to podcasts here) and, obviously, curry :)”
“Follow Mel Robbin’s 5 Second Rule… No-one else is going to sort your sh*t out, so get up and sort it yourself!”
“Focus on yourself first: exercise, meditation, journaling. Then LIGHTS-bulb moment. CAMERA-focused target. ACTION – to get results. Also, have fun along the way, the journey is more important than the result! Everyone’s rainbows and goals are different so no comparing!”
“I remind myself that bad times don’t last. The rollercoaster of property and being an entrepreneur has ups and downs but it helps to step back, see the bigger picture and put things into perspective.”
“What works for me is being super positive and talking. Don’t get involved with negative people. Don’t ignore emails and phone calls; if they build up they can cause stress. I complete all tasks, no matter how hard, straightaway. Spend time with family. I try to be in bed by 11pm and stay off my phone. Pamper yourself – you’ll feel better. Help others: when I do this I feel brilliant, stress is reduced and I sleep better!”
“I meditate for ten minutes every day, but the sun helps too!”
“Stay around positive people as much as possible – those people who want you to succeed and want the best for you. Do regular exercise and talk to others.”
“Meditate to calm the mind. Limit negative thoughts – your subconscious mind will soak it all in. Walk in nature; get fresh air and sun – it’s a great stress detox. Avoid processed foods and sugar – they will cloud the mind. Breathe from the diaphragm to lower blood pressure, heart rate and the stress hormone cortisol. Take a cold shower to increase circulation, reduce brain fog and send shock waves of the happy hormone endorphins to the brain. Get a good night’s sleep to reduce cortisol and to help with concentration. Be grateful for what you have right now. Help others and be kind; it will give you a great boost.”
“Those who rest on their laurels find themselves sitting on a thorn bush”
“Fear cannot exist in the present, it can only exist if you look at the future (‘what if…’) or the past (‘remember when…’). Being present will remove fear: focus on the moment and nothing else when you feel it. If the thing you think you fear becomes a reality then it’s in the present for you to deal with. Because it’s present – there’s no fear.”
“I compartmentalise my time. I use my own version of The Pomodoro Technique to ‘Keep the main thing the main thing.’ When you achieve a task it gives you a shot of dopamine (chuffedness) and energises you. Inch by inch life’s a cinch. I recite my goals daily. I meditate with Joe Dispenza techniques. I create lots of notes, it feels great to sit and organise them. It’s then TIME to take action”