Name: Gigi Eligoloff, editor of Gransnet, her husband John and their children Kit and Delphi
Location: Barnes; Southwest London, UK
Size: 1,000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 and half years; owned
When the money for Gigi’s kitchen fund was stolen, she didn’t despair. She got straight onto Gumtree (UK’s answer to Craiglist) and tracked down another kitchen at a fraction of the price. Terrified of losing out and fed up with having no place to cook, she piled the family into the car and drove straight round to the seller's house to strike a deal. A couple of hours later, she was proud owner of a six-year-old kitchen and Rangemaster stove. Okay, so it wasn’t the dream kitchen from her Pinterest board, but Gigi's home is a great example of how repurposed secondhand and vintage pieces can beat brand new, shiny ones hands down.