Beginning of the end or new beginning?

In early September I received a call which changed the course of my property journey. While I’d had some...

Tour my Rochester home decorated on a £15k budget

I’ve finally got around to posting my new home redecoration. In October 2019 I moved to Rochester, Kent, from...

EP49: Joao Botelho - Casa Botelho, creating beauty and harmony

“How can I accomplish something beautiful within the budget that I have?” – Joao Botelho Before founding Casa Botelho,...
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EP49: Joao Botelho - Casa Botelho, creating beauty and harmony
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Ten years ago I was at home raising three children under three and unsure what my future held. Fast forward to 2020 I run a boutique investment company, am a non-exec, best selling author, podcaster and international speaker.

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Beginning of the end or new beginning?

In early September I received a call which changed the course of my property journey.

While I’d had some concerns about the time delays on projects, lack of accounts and the communications I had (and had not) been receiving, I was so caught up in untangling a 19 year relationship along with supporting my three young children that I’d pushed these niggling feelings aside. However the lack of transparency in the situation was completely at odds with my values. During that call the penny dropped for both of us that things were not as they seemed. Something was awry and we had a lot of work to do if we wanted to rescue the situation and engineer an exit for investors in the nine properties within the portfolio.

The situation took a personal toll. I went through the seven stages of grief simultaneously over three areas of my life – career, divorce and the complete upheaval of my family life. It was unfortunate that the time that my property investments needed me my family needed me more.

– Shock and denial
– Pain and guilt
– Anger and bargaining
– Depression
– The upward turn
– Reconstruction and working through
– Acceptance and hope

Now I flip between depression through to acceptance on a daily basis. But definitely with a lean towards the “reconstruction and working through” stage. I’ve set aside everything else, apart from family, just to focus on exits for investors.

If you are a stakeholder reading this please don’t be alarmed. A lot of work has been carried out at a high level since that fateful day in September. We are in a good place now but there is some mess left to clean up. Those in charge of the clearing up are more than capable and progress has been made.

For those hiding behind fake accounts and WhatsApp groups I pity you. It’s a shame that you are so frustrated in your own shortcomings and failings that you have to dwell on and even fabricate mine. Time will tell.

Thank you for the immense support I’ve received from so many places. When I’ve felt like quitting your messages and calls have kept me focussed. It’s amazing the support often comes not from those you expect but those you don’t. Thank you to the unexpected supporters 💙

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Tour my Rochester home decorated on a £15k budget

I’ve finally got around to posting my new home redecoration. In October 2019 I moved to Rochester, Kent, from Hackney. I’ve rented a tired but cozy house a short walk from the historic centre, and importantly, a short roll out of bed to the children’s school. I left with little more than our clothes and have completely started from scratch

 Given that this is a rental until I can find my dream home, I just wanted to make it homely and comfortable for me and my three children. I set myself the task of spending just £15,000 on everything (including TVs, fridge etc) and all (except the aforementioned items) from IKEA. It took five IKEA deliveries and three trips to the Greenwich store, including £1,100 in returns for things that didn’t fit. The result, in my opinion, is a warm, serene (when the kids aren’t here) home I’m proud of and comfortable in. Even if this house is home for a few years rather than months, I’m happy with that. What do you think? Curious if you can see the value in how I’ve apportioned the funds and if you think it’s good, bad or about right for £15,000.

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EP49: Joao Botelho – Casa Botelho, creating beauty and harmony

“How can I accomplish something beautiful within the budget that I have?” – Joao Botelho

Before founding Casa Botelho, João Botelho enjoyed a 22 year career in global luxury retail, beginning his journey in sales for a prestigious Brazilian brand Belo Horizonte. With the ambition to explore the world, he decided to move to Europe in 1994, making London his new home. Since then he has worked for Harvey Nichols, Nicole Farhi and Jasper Conran, opening Jasper Conran’s flagship Mayfair store in 2004. He joined Donna Karan New York in 2000 and has held several senior positions including Director of Retail.

Having worked with iconic homeware designers and travelled around the globe, he has experienced style at its best, learned exquisite architectures and gained interiors’ knowhow, inspiring him to explore different sides of his creative personality through the redesign of a space.

Joao’s obsession for homeware and passion for styling has led him to discover his desire for interiors. During the journey he was able to design furnishings, doors, windows and customise kitchen, TV console, vanity unit, walk-in wardrobe as well as concrete floating shelves and sink, collaborating with Waind Gohil Architects.

In this podcast:

-fashion vs interior design;
-how to accomplish perfect harmony in any room?
-Joao’s top interior design tips;

Find out more at: www.casabotelho.com

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EP2: Mark Shearman – Planning Consultant, Firstplan

Mark is a partner at Firstplan, a Central London planning consultancy based on Bermondsey Street, SE1. He has over 10 years of experience dealing with a variety of developments across London and the UK, including a range of residential, mixed-use and retail, restaurant and commercial developments, as well as high-end, smaller scale residential schemes such as basements and listed building alterations and extensions.

Mark first worked with Nicole on her City Road scheme – winning a planning appeal enabling her to build 2 additional storeys of residential on the roof of the building – and has subsequently assisted with a number of her other ongoing developments in Hackney, including the St. Matthias Club in Dalston and the Paintworks site on Kingsland Road. He specialises in managing and negotiating with local authorities, and advising developers on planning strategies aimed at helping them to maximise the planning potential of their sites.

www.firstplan.co.uk

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EP1: Anthony Slumbers – Space as a Service

Nicole Bremner speaks to Antony Slumbers – 20th September 2017

For more information visit antonyslumbers.com

Antony has over 20 years experience developing and running online technology companies, primarily within the commercial office and property management sectors. He currently runs the office research site Cityoffices.net, the SaaS software company Glasnost21.com, blogs at antonyslumbers.com and writes a technology & real estate column for Estates Gazette. He consults widely with companies looking to leverage technology within the real estate sector.

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