She might be known as the queen of interior design, sharing her expertise wherever she goes, but Kirstie Allsopp has admitted that just like the rest of us, she’s prone to making a mistake of her own once in a while.
The presenter, who is celebrating 20 years of Channel 4's Location, Location, Location this year, sat down for tea and biscuits with Good Housekeeping and revealed that her biggest fails tend to be triggered by those impossible-to-resist sales.
"I make mistakes when something has a 50 per cent off sticker. I just never seem to learn my lesson," she said.
"I always think, I’m not going to get the sofa I was going to get, I’m not going to use the fabric I was going to use, I’m going to be careful and I’m going to go with the stuff that’s in the sale."
We've all been there, Kirstie. She also opened up about a faux pas that's been particularly hard to forget.
"The worst mistake I ever made was choosing some fabric for the very large windows in our kitchen," she said.
"I chose it when I was pregnant and it was little ducks and ducklings. I lived with it for about 10 years and really, I should have lived with it for about five minutes!"
In spite of her blunders, there's no doubt that Kirstie is a true expert in her field - and it seems that her expertise runs in the family. When discussing the best piece of household advice she's received over the years, she revealed that it actually came from her mum.
"My mother was very 'unkeen' on what she called 'dust gatherers' and increasingly, I realise that she was right," she said.
"She was probably a pre-cursor to Marie Kondo in that she really was very unsentimental about things, but actually looking back, she was probably quite right to be anti-clutter."
Talk also turned to the kitchen, as Kirstie spoke of the culinary error that had unexpected consequences.
"My biggest culinary fail was when I lied and said I’d made some pesto, which I hadn’t. It turned out it had peanuts in it and it made my flatmate quite ill," she said.
"That sounds very frivolous and I don’t take a frivolous attitude to allergies. This was a long time ago; I was rushing home, someone was coming round for dinner, it was a second date and I wanted to impress him. I didn’t have time to make the pesto, I made it and I lied about it."
Now with a cookbook to her name, she's certainly come a long way since then. And if she were to host a dinner party now? She's got a long list of guests she'd like to invite round.
"I’m going to try and have a dinner party with the Queen who I would very much like to meet. And Greta Thunberg who I did see in Lausanne at a climate strike and who I was really struck by in a very profound way. This sounds like a very strange thing to say, but I think she’s been sent from another time to warn us," she shared.
She'd also add Tom Hanks and Reese Witherspoon to the list, but sadly, her children won't be getting an invite this time.
"I’d love to have my boys and my stepsons, but their manners aren’t so good – I’m not sure I could bear to watch them eat in front of the Queen," she revealed.
If there's a dinner party we'd like an invite to, it's definitely that one!
To find out what else Kirstie shared, watch the full video above.
Kirstie: Keep Crafting And Carry On is available to watch on All4 now.
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