When it comes to interior design, more is more — and not only did an English woman take her home’s look to a new level, she also blessed it with financial benefits.
But it’s also been a therapeutic process. Lois Connors, a 39-year-old content creator who lives near Manchester, received a later-in-life diagnosis of ADHD at age 37. After learning the news, she set out to redecorate her home to accept living with the condition, as it impacts all of her decisions, according to the Mirror.
The result, thanks to her ADHD drawing her to busy patterns and textures: a chic spread replete with leopard-print wallpaper and furnishings. It’s a tastefully clad crib that helps her navigate living with the condition — and, to a degree, embrace it — but the work also helped her add about $109,000 to the home’s value.
She purchased the three-bedroom terrace house in 2021 — and just a year later, it’s reportedly valued around $483,000. Not bad, considering she spent some $15,000 on the decorations — all thanks to sourcing second-hand and hand-me-down items.
Images of the home show leopard-print wallpaper next to exposed brick, a statement leopard-print couch standing on a wide-plank wooden floor and next to an antique mirror — as well as throw pillows and lampshades in the same pattern spread throughout. She even has a large ceramic figure of a leopard, which she named Priscilla, as well as leopard-patterned bedding and a bedside rug to match.
“This definitely influences my design choices as my brain seeks dopamine,” Connors told the outlet of her love for leopard, which she added “goes with everything.” “So busy wallpapers, quirky home decor items, textured furnishings and color clashes really appeal to me.”
It’s a grand look, but it’s not as grand as the New York City home of the late Ivana Trump, which listed in November for $26.5 million — and comes, in part, with a leopard print-covered library.
In addition to all the leopard and antiques, Connors also blends in the louder designs with period fireplace mantels, an assortment of black- and pink-colored posters, gilded frames and plenty of plants.
“My style has always leaned towards vintage and maximalism,” she said, later adding, “I am a ‘more is more’ decor lover and have never been afraid of color and pattern.”
She also acknowledges her personal flair isn’t for all — and over the years she’s received comments from others calling her “tacky,” “offensive,” “color blind” and “too feminine.” She said none of that has ever bothered her.
Ex-Brit turned Manhattan resident since 2008.