I turned my drab house into a pastel paradise after my ex moved out

A grandma has shared how she transformed her drab home into a pastel-colored paradise after she dumped her partner who refused to let her decorate.

Heidi Marler, 47, has spent the last four years dressing her house from floor to ceiling in baby pink, sorbet blue and mint green to reflect her love of Dolly Mix candy.

The palliative care nurse even has decorated the house with a pink kitchen AND bathroom, with matching pink appliances.

And as if that wasn’t enough, each room has pink, blue, and green furniture — and she even threw in two flamingos for the size.

Her bedroom even has a neon “Love” light and bow and arrow wielding angels of love hanging on the wall.

While Lounge convinces with pink poodle statues, a gold radiator and a retro pink vacuum cleaner to complement the surroundings.

To top it off, Heidi likes to wear a “pink velor tracksuit with a rainbow coat” to enjoy the burst of color.

discussion about the transformationthe grandmother-of-two said she wasn’t able to decorate or even hang things on the wall when she was with her ex-partner.

She added that her home is “very boring” with lots of white and brown because they couldn’t agree on decorations.

However, that all changed when the couple split and Heidi devoted herself to her pastel dream.

Heidi Marler
Heidi said her home is her happy place.
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The caregiver is a big Only Fools and Horses fan and says she wants to create a “nicer version” of Del Boy’s flat on the BBC sitcom.

Heidi, who lives in Purleigh, Essex, said: “I started decorating everything I could, it just became a vibrant space full of mismatched colors.”

She admits the home suits her personality and she found plenty of inspiration for the extraordinary pad via social media.

How she manages the dolly mix look – Heidi relies on upcycling and shopping around the flea market.

She said: “I’ve collected quite a few pieces over the years and love good bargains at flea markets.

In Heidi's bedroom, a neon light with the inscription
In Heidi’s bedroom, a neon light with the inscription “Love” is emblazoned – even putti hang from the ceiling.
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“I’m a lover of all things retro and whenever I can I try to save pieces that would work well in my home.”

The house belongs to Heidi “Happy Place” and is a place where she can enjoy and forget the bad parts of her day.

She explained, “I go into my house, turn on my bright neon lights, and the whole day just walks away from me.”

But she admits the house rolls her kids’ eyes — mostly because of her tendency to keep adding new little touches as her style changes.

She said: “My children Harriet, 30; Frank, 27; Nancy, 21, will always roll her eyes and ask ‘what did she do now’ when I tell them I decorated a bit.”

But she insists they really love it and enjoy bringing their friends to see the sights.

Heidi's living room
Heidi has redesigned the house several times over the past four years.
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Her partner Gary, 52, has supported Heidi’s project – he even gave her a pink SMEG fridge to brighten up the kitchen.

Heidi said, “Some people think I’m a maximalist, but I’d say I’m somewhere in the middle of the maximalism and minimalism scale.”

This story originally appeared on the sun and is reproduced here with permission.

Heidi's kitchen is almost entirely pink
Heidi’s kitchen is almost entirely pink – there’s even a pink imitation leopard skin on the floor.
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