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A Co Tyrone mum of four has gained almost 100,000 followers on Instragram by documenting her life and journey with building her own home.

Ballygawley woman Caoimhe McGinley and her family spent ten years living in the Middle East, where she worked as a primary school teacher before returning home just before the coronavirus pandemic hit.

But even before Caoimhe, her hubby and three kids at the time made the move home, plans were in place for their dream countryside home.

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In December 2021 Caoimhe gave birth to her fourth child before two weeks later moving into the gorgeous Georgian home of her dreams.

Documenting the selfbuild journey on her account (@thebighillhouse), Caoimhe is just shy of amassing a six figure follower account on the platform.

“We lived in the Middle East for ten years and started building the house from there with the help of my parents,” Caoimhe told Belfast Live.

“We broke ground in June 2018 and we were still in the Middle East for another year and got it up to roof level and moved home in 2019.

“Covd happened then and everything was at a standstill and that’s whenever I decided to take on the painting myself just to make it feel like it was moving in some sort of direction.

“I painted the whole house myself and with every room painted it was one step closer to getting into the house. I documented all of that on Instagram, people seemed to love a good DIY painting story.

“We moved in in Christmas 2021 and I had my fourth baby two weeks previous, so it’s a whole mix now basically of me, it’s just the inner workings of my brain.

“A mix of fashion, beauty, interiors, the kids and people seem to like it so I just keep going with it.

“It’s been really busy and still feel like we are transitioning home from the Middle East even though we are home for four years.”

Caoimhe describes her home style as ‘timeless’ and says she wanted to go for a traditional Georgian house ‘with a modern twist’.

“We had a great architect from Enniskillen, it took us a year even before planning permission to get final designs decided on.

“They were very good and worked with me to change everything I wanted to change.

“I love what we’ve created and I think Covid made me take a step back a bit to figure out what kind of style I liked.

“We have travelled the world loads so I’m drawn to loads of different types of interiors and Instagram has just been a wealth of inspiration.

“We didn’t have an interior designer or anything, I just followed a couple of house accounts that I loved on there and took all my inspiration from there or Pinterest.

“I then did a lot of it myself to save on money, everything we could do ourselves we did it.

“I was drawn to the Georgian style of houses, so I would say it’s a modern twist on a traditional Georgian house.”

A keen traveller from her time working in the Middle East, Caoimhe says one of the best things about her online following is to give people the confidence to do things they may not have thought they were able to do.

“I took the kids back to Abu Dhabi in May as three of them were born there so we took a 10 day trip.

“Everyone loved that and I just wanted to give mummies the belief that they can go travelling with the kids on their own.

“A lot of mums, their dads are working a lot as well and they pass up the opportunity to go away on a holiday because they can’t go with them.

“I’ve had a good few messages from mums to say that they booked that trip and they went and it was the best thing they ever did. I just love that side of the page.”

Home interior enthusiasts can catch Caoimhe at the DFS Interiors Inspiration Centre, hosted at the Ideal Home Show in the RDS Dublin between October 20 and 22.

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