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Home That Looks Normal On The Outside Is Named 'One Of UK's Most Gorgeous Houses'

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Home That Looks Normal On The Outside Is Named 'One Of UK's Most Gorgeous Houses'

Ready for some interior design porn? Look no further, because this woman's house is an absolute beauty.

Despite looking like every other semi-detached home on the outside, Miffy Shaw has managed to totally transform the interior of her abode.

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

So much so that the three-bed house was even handed the title of the Cardiff episode of BBC's Best House in Town.

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You'll soon see why.

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

Shaw - who is an interior designer herself - remains modest about the win, stating: "I don't know why I've won to be honest, I just do what I do, but I'm really proud and thankful."

Despite her humble attitude, it's easy to see why Shaw's house received the prize - with bold colours and unique features giving every room its own character.

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If you need inspiration, Shaw offers up some advice on how to recreate her style.

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

"Everything influences me," the 39-year-old told The Mirror. "If a girl walks past me in Tesco and I spot a handbag or jacket in a nice colour or material or we go out for food in a cafe and they've done great lighting, I take note."

Another idea Shaw offers is to not be afraid of dark colours: "I'm obsessed by dark and moody colours, creating atmosphere."

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This can be seen in the main bedroom, where grey makes for a dramatic background against the assembly of lights, furniture and mirrors.

When it comes to her daughter Frankie's room, Shaw has filled it with beautiful furniture, as well as a polka dot wall and a cute orange canopy.

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

Meanwhile, the living room features a brick wall amongst navy-painted walls, alongside a built-in telly and leather furniture.

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The dining room continues the dark blue theme, with house plants and plates bringing the room to life.

Speaking about the decision to use such bold colours throughout, Shaw says: "We thought, if the worst comes to the worst and we don't like it, we can always paint over it!"

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

If you're wondering how much this all cost, let it be known that Shaw and her husband Gareth have been thrifty with the do-over.

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The living room table, for example, is made from leftover scaffolding boards. And the chairs? They're mostly from charity shops.

On why they used concrete for their countertops, Shaw explains: "I love it, it's rough and rugged. It was accessible for us; we couldn't afford marble so this was perfect.

"I designed the bathroom double sink too and the countertop company had a go at trying to make it. It was the first one they made, now they do them for Nandos!"

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

She adds: "I would describe my style as eclectic, sort of DIY rustic. It's organic in that I love wood, stone, leather and natural materials like rattan.

"When I think I know what I would like in a room, I have found my influences, I will start making mood boards and initially find different versions of the look I want on Pinterest...

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

"All the rooms have started from different inspirations with the core being that you have to love it.

"So in the bedroom I found the wallpaper and it all developed from that... It's a growing process. I don't do it all in one go, I start collecting things.

"So I suggest people begin with a favourite picture, a lovely rug or a comfy sofa, use whatever you love to inspire you, and it all comes from that - pick out different colours and textures from your beloved item and build it from there.

"The key is to make it personal to you.

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Credit: WalesOnline/Rob Browne

"My house doesn't usually look like this, it usually has an ironing board in it, washing hanging around; it's real life, but I fill it with the stuff that I love - surely that's what your home's all about?"

Words: Daisy Phillipson

Topics: Home, BBC, DIY, House

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