Property pioneer and craft queen, Kirstie Allsopp, is one of the LifeStyle group’s most loved personalities. Her exuberance and passion for real estate, DIY and interiors is infectious ... and we can't get enough!
A veteran when it comes to TV presenting and home decorating, Kirtsie has accomplished a lot in her 44 years. She's hosted a number of hugely popular series, including Location, Location, Location, Kirstie’s Homemade Home and Kirstie’s Fill Your House For Free, runs a successful business and is a proud Mum to four beautiful boys.
There are so many reasons to love her! To celebrate her return to LifeStyle HOME, we’ve listed just six of the reasons why we love Kirstie Allsopp.
1. She Embraces and Encourages Frugality
The Fill Your House for Free host often takes a pre-loved approach to furnishing homes. A fan of freecycling, recycling and upcycling, Kirstie encourages people to think outside the box and dig deep into kerbside skips, websites like Gumtree and rubbish tips.
With some "imagination, an open mind and some hard graft", Kirstie believes you can salvage almost anything - without comprising on style.
"Creating something new from an object that other people have given away is at the heart of what we're doing", Kristie explains. "What's great about using sections of a free piece of furniture is that you don't need to love all of it, you can just take the bits you do".
Kirstie wants to prove that free is fabulous and second hand does not mean second best!
2. She’s Family-Oriented
Kirstie is a proud mum to four children, Bay and Oscar, and stepchildren Orion and Hal, and says that there is nothing greater in her life than her family. "First and foremost I’m a mum and more than anything I cherish family time with my partner Ben and our boys."
"My children give me so much pleasure and joy every day, " Kirstie gushes on her website. "I love everything about them and when they’re happy, I’m happy."
She told British publication Woman & Home last year that she’s very strict about having family time and her weekends are sacred.
“Weekends are meant to be the opposite of the week. Even though I sometimes find it hard to say no, from Friday evening to Monday morning, that’s it. No more work.”
3. She’s Down-To-Earth
Despite being one of the most well-known faces in the lifestyle television industry, Kirstie has maintained a strong sense of humility and takes both fame and the industry with a grain of salt.
“I think it's incredibly important to have a dividing line. None of my friends have changed - I have some new friends, and I do have the odd friend who is on television, but basically I don't have a life which is related to my work in the public eye. I think when you blur those lines it becomes very difficult,” she told LifeStyle Channels in a previous interview.
4. She’s Not Afraid to Speak her Mind
Kirstie made a name for herself as the straight-talking property presenter alongside Phil Spencer on Location, Location, Location, and it was her vivacious nature and unapologetic delivery that captured the hearts of many across both the UK and Australia.
And although her opinions may polarise people, she isn’t afraid to express her views – and we think that ought to be celebrated!
5. She’s the Queen of Craft and DIY
Dedicating quite a number of shows to homemade crafts, cooking and DIY, Kirstie has a passion for all things homemade and takes an imaginative approach to creating, “I’m on a mission to spread the joy of crafts.”
From floral arrangements to freestyle embroidery, knitting to pottery, there’s nothing Kirstie can’t do – or at the very least – won’t try.
6. She's Passionate about her Charity Work
Kirstie is very passionate about her work, both in and out of TV, and has given a lot of her time to charities - using her high profile to bring attention to things she feels strongly about.
"At the moment my main focus is promoting the work of HomeStartUK, the Prince’s Foundation for Building Communities and Keep Britain Tidy," she explains on her website. "All of these charities encourage people to take back control of their lives, their homes, their streets and their communities."
"Until very recently I was also battling against government dictates on homework for primary school children, which have now been removed. Yippeeeee!!!"
You go, Kirstie!