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A Wheelchair Accessible Home in Wales Filled With Bold Design Accents

Calling all design show scouts: I have a TV personality for you! She’s humorous, talented, charitable, and she has a pint-sized sidekick with plenty of opinions of her own. There’s also a pair of wrinkly bulldogs for us dog-lovers to enjoy. This personality is self-taught and makes the type of bold design choices that can be difficult […]

Calling all design show scouts: I have a TV personality for you! She’s humorous, talented, charitable, and she has a pint-sized sidekick with plenty of opinions of her own. There’s also a pair of wrinkly bulldogs for us dog-lovers to enjoy. This personality is self-taught and makes the type of bold design choices that can be difficult to execute. On top of that, her designs embrace accessibility — an element all too often ignored. I really think I’m onto something here and will require my finders fee, but here’s hoping Pati Robins becomes the next HGTV sensation!
Originally from Poland, Pati moved to Cardiff, Wales to be with her husband Colin, an army veteran with physical disabilities. They live with their two bulldogs, Shy and Lilly, and their daughter Olivia, who Pati says is quite “headstrong when it comes to how she wants her room.” Pati is the full-time caregiver to her husband, as well as a photographer, DIY’er and cofounder of the Style Squeeze blog.
She and her husband chose their home for its proximity to their daughter’s school and because it had already been partially adapted for accessibility needs. Being that the home was owned by the city and not a private landlord meant they could make more design changes to the space, which was an absolute necessity. “When we moved in, the home was painted in magnolia [cream], complete with nicotine stains coming through the walls. It wasn’t a looker, but it had potential, and I was determined to make it work for us,” says Pati. What Pati lacked in home renovation experience, she made up for in determination. “I remember trying to drill a hole in the wall in order to install a curtain rod and crying as I was doing it. Don’t ask why, but I was petrified of power tools.” Another challenge was her garden project, where the slanted ground and excess mud required her to climb, then slide to where she wanted to work. Her home projects may have been a literal uphill climb and a journey of style discovery, but in the process, Pati has developed a style that works for their space, meets her family’s needs, and makes them feel energized and comfortable. Doesn’t that sound like an award-winning plot" —Quelcy
Photography by Pati Robins
Image Above: Pati and Colin’s living room is an ever-changing collection, but they stick to their main colors: pink and yellow. Pati says, “all the items in the room are collected over the years, and nothing matches, but it somehow works together.”

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