Home tour of Melanie Lissack’s revamped Georgian home with epic IKEA hacks

Take a tour of the home of designer Melanie Lissack's beautifully renovated period home. It's full of upcycled furniture that looks perfectly in-keeping with the Georgian details and some surprising IKEA hacks that you won't believe were ever flat-packed...

I’ve been an avid follower of designer Melanie Lissack for many years. In fact, it was pre-pandemic that I first wrote about her beautiful period home for issue 46 of Reclaim magazine. So, you can probably tell how excited I am to be able to finally share a tour of her house with you today.

The property is based near Epping Forest in Essex, with easy tube access into London. It’s a classic dolls-house-esque building with outstanding kerb appeal and all the period details you would expect from a Georgian home.

When she moved in, Melanie restored the property and all of its details – the cornicing, fireplaces and panelling – using heritage colours in a modern way and adding pops of unexpected colour here and there.

That’s a gorgeous front door colour, isn’t it? I’ve previously painted my back door in yellow but now I’m inspired to add a bright hue to my print door too. I love a pop of turquoise, and I especially like how Melaine has painted the colour onto the surrounding walls to create a larger frame for the door.

Melanie’s living room is one of the spaces that I would love to have as my own. Her blue walls and cosy furniture makes the room look like the ideal place to relax, especially with the sunlight streaming in through the arched double doors.

Proving that sticking to a budget doesn’t mean compromising on design, Melanie is famous for her ‘hacked’ flat-packed furniture. I’ve previously shared a blog post about her amazing IKEA hacks, including her turquoise drinks cabinet, fitted bookcases and office storage, all of which started life as flat-packed pieces.

I can’t begin to imagine what this IKEA cabinet looked like before Melanie added the decorative woodwork, retro-style legs and mirrored interior. If I could buy a drinks cabinet like just like this, I would do in a heartbeat!

Melanie was crowned Best Blogger at the Best Business Women Awards so be sure to take a look at her blog at There you’ll find plenty of inspiration and ideas for decorating your own home, including ways to try out new decor techniques, even when you’re on a budget.

I especially like Melanie’s kitchen, which opens onto the dining space. The open-plan room has vintage vibes with Ercol dining chairs and a classic Smeg fridge freezer. The fish-scale tiles above oven are my dream – do you like them too? I think the colour commbination is gorgeous.

More beautiful scalloped tiles can be found in Melanie’s pink bathroom. Again, I love the tiling and a standout feature of the room is the shelf that holds the loo rolls in a cloud-like formation – so cool!

Much like my own office, Melanie has gone for a gold and pink colour scheme, and had upcycled her storage shelves accordingly. It’s so important to have an office space that you actually want to work in and I think Melanie has achieve that with her truly personalised space.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this quick look around Melanie Lissack’s period home. Let me know your favourite part of Melanie’s house in the comments below. I’d love to hear if any of these rooms or Melanie’s clever IKEA hacks have inspired you to make some changes in your own home.

Be sure to follow Melanie on Instagram @melanielissackinteriors to see her latest home updates and upcycling projects. And if you want to read more about Melanie’s home renovation, you can still download the digital version of issue 46 of Reclaim magazine.

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Cassie is a freelance writer with a Masters degree in Lifestyle Promotion Studies and is trained in Personal Money Management. She loves to ‘get the look for less’ so regularly shares thrifty-living advice, DIY interior design ideas and low-cost recipes on her blog.

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