My home: Kerrigan Bell

Kerrigan Bell is head fundraiser at Royal Blind, ESPC’s chosen charity of the year. She tells us about growing up in Cape Town and a dream holiday in Bali.



What’s your earliest memory of a house?

I remember my family home in Cape Town, the cool stone floors and the bright whitewashed walls outside in the garden.


Where would be your dream place to live?

Anywhere with a guaranteed summer and somewhere close to nature.


Do you have a favourite building in Scotland?

Rosslyn Chapel is pretty special.


A favourite place you visited on holiday, such as a hotel or villa?

I was lucky enough to go to Bali in January – I stayed at a place with a large veranda, a hammock AND a day bed - it was amazing! Nothing beats an outdoor day bed.


How would you describe your home?

My flat is an old tenement and I think of it like an old lady – she’s seen a lot, is a bit tired and in need of some love.


What’s your favourite home smell?

I like the smell in the boiler cupboard – it’s musty and smells like history, but my flatmate hates it!


What do you miss about home if you are away for a while?

Not much if I’m honest – never look back, that’s my motto. I enjoy the places I’m in while I’m in them.


Do you have a favourite room in the house?

Currently it’s my kitchen, which has just been redone after a huge water leak from the flat upstairs meant a big part of the ceiling collapsed. I took the opportunity to renovate the whole room and it looks great now!


How are your DIY skills?

I’d say they were poor to mediocre. I own a toolbox, but will readily hand it over to anyone who looks like they might do a better job than me! My mum was visiting last week and she laughed at me wielding the electric drill, but I completed the task at hand which I think surprised us both.


When was the last time you worked on your garden?

We have a shared garden and my neighbour does a sterling job of keeping it ship-shape. I re-potted a house plant the other day – does that count?


Dinner at the table or in front of the TV?

Lately it’s been TV dinners because of all the work that’s been going on in the kitchen. We had our first dinner at the table the other night after about three months and it felt like a real treat!


What’s your favourite thing to cook for the home?

Just the usual stuff really. With the new series of the Great British Bake Off starting, I’m considering digging out the baking tins again.


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