I’m glad to clad!


Hi all! I hope you’re enjoying the first few glimpses of springtime as they start to emerge. Ooh those beautiful daffodils! I can’t get enough. Speaking of which, I belatedly wish all of my Welsh friends ‘Dydd Gwyl Dewi Sant Hapus’ or, in English, Happy St David’s Day!

Ok, so the cladding…

We can all be well clad in some great garb on the 15th of March as it’s a whole day of fashion on your favourite channel, QVC! I’ve been sporting a top from Fashion by Together which has already caught your eye. We are hoping to feature it at 2pm on the day but I think it could well sell out before then! In any case, there will be plenty to look forward to. Lots of new treats, expert advice and, as ever, a super Today’s Special Value!

The other type of cladding I’ve been engaged in of late is on the front of my house. I know many of you follow me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook but for those who don’t I’ll elaborate. I have been working on our home for about two and a half years. It’s been almost like building a brand new house. It’s a 1970’s bungalow which I’ve completely remodelled, doing much of the work myself.

The latest part of the job being the wood cladding on the front of the house. I chose garapa wood as, provided you oil it every few years, it wears well and holds its beautiful, rich colour. It’s a very warm tone and, when oiled, it’s markings really come to life. It’s so enjoyable to see some which are like tiger stripes, others which are more spotted and then you get some which are amazingly contrasting tones from deep cherry to light pine colours all in the same plank of wood!


It’s been a real learning experience. So many of you ask me how I’ve learned it all. I’ve had people in to start jobs off and I work as their labourer and have them teach me what to do. Then I get on with the job! This job was one of the most rewarding, yet mathematically demanding, of them all! Calculating angles, cutting to size and trying to create as little wastage as possible was a tall order but one which has been fulfilled! Only just, though… check out what was leftover!

I think what has made this aspect of the work so deeply satisfying is that it’s on show. Much of what I’ve done, such as breaking concrete, insulation walls, putting up plasterboard and so on, has been hidden into the structure of the bungalow. This I get to see every time I come home and that just warms me to the core!

Well, I’d best dash for now as there are a million things to do and two little cats to be fed. If you don’t already follow my Twitter, Instagram and Facebook then here are the details. I’d love you to.

Twitter @TheHuntley
Instagram catherine_huntley
Facebook Catherine Huntley TV

Take care and see you soon on the box or online 🙂

Love Catherine xx


  1. Linda March 14, 2017 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    You are so clever. Your house looks so beautiful, I do not now how you find the time and the energy to do all that you seem to fit in to your life, you must not have a second to yourself. Hope your Mother is back fit and well now

    Love Linda.x

  2. NEROLIE March 15, 2017 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine you are an inspiration. I keep looking at my garden where it has been ruin by our little four legged friend- I’ve got RJ grass seed and garden magic to relawn and after reading your blog I am going to tackle it . Keep inspiring

  3. Jill March 15, 2017 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Which tanning product were you using on fashion day please? Your tan looked lovely


  4. A TAYLOR March 15, 2017 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Well done Catherine I think its incredible you have achieved all this with your home, you should be very proud it is brilliant definatley worth the hard work!! Go Girl and honestly well done XOXO’s

  5. Jane March 16, 2017 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine I really like the glasses you wear and think they are very stylish could you tell me where you get them from. Thanks jane

  6. theresa March 19, 2017 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    i really admire catherine,renovating her home herself,and she is always so happy,good luck with her home,

  7. Catherine Huntley March 22, 2017 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda,

    Thanks for your kind comments. Truth is I just never dust! Something’s gotta give and so, for me, it’s the non essential housework. Until I’ve finished this house I will only worry about what really matters. It’s hard but the finish line is now in sight!

    Mum is doing great, thank you. She always makes me smile.

    Hope all is well with you,

    Love Catherine x

  8. Catherine Huntley March 22, 2017 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nerolie,

    Firstly, I LOVE your name! So pretty! Not so pretty is the mess our little furry friends can make of the garden! I’ve seen some great results from customers who’ve used Richards products for treating this issue. I’m sure it’ll be beautifully restored in time for enjoying the garden.

    Good luck!

    Love Catherine x

  9. Catherine Huntley March 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jill,

    I use lots of tanning products but the one I used on that day was Tan Luxe tanning drops. I put some in my Molton Brown rhubarb and rose body lotion and put it all over. I’m also a lover of Decleor gradual glow body lotion but have run out at the moment.

    As a body cosmetic I’ve also become a huge fan of Vita Liberata’s body blur. It’s almost like an imperfection blurring foundation for the entire body! It gives an effect on the legs similar to flesh coloured tights. Very effective but it does wash off.

    Hope this helps 🙂

    Love Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley March 22, 2017 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi A Taylor (sounds very formal but I can’t see your first name),

    Thanks for writing in and being so lovely! I really do appreciate it.

    Love Catherine x

  11. Catherine Huntley March 22, 2017 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jane,

    Thanks for the compliment on my glasses. They were my free pair at spec savers (buy one get one free). It’s lucky I got them as I have lost the other pair. Really loved them, too!

    The ones you asked after are by Max & Co.

    I hope this helps.

    Love Catherine x

  12. Catherine Huntley March 22, 2017 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Theresa,

    Catherine here! Thanks for your wonderfully kind comments. It’s very hard work and a big learning curve but it’s great. It’ll be eater when it’s all done!

    Love Catherine x

  13. Susan April 2, 2017 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Clever Catherine! I haven’t a clue how you have the bravery and knowledge to do basically building a house but you’re quite a girl for doing it!x

  14. Carolyn Whiter July 19, 2017 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    I think you are totally amazing doing all that work yourself, it looks fabulous, whilst still working at QVC. What a girl, you always look so lovely. xx

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