Updated: Mar 5, 2018
Happy St David's Day! While the country is run to a halt with snow, I can remember the diminutive 'Welsh ladies' and kids in rugby shirts of my childhood - I was one - wending their way to the Eisteddfod. It would be a time for poems, naming the bard and an inevitable stream of Welsh tales - Llewellyn and his dog Gelert, Jemima Nicholas against the French, even Roald Dahl's Cardiff-set Boy. It's National Book Day too after all.
This 1st March, emerging from the snowy blizzards is a new storytelling project - Authentic House. We're going to tell the stories of people in Cardiff, Wales, who are doing work that is transforming the very way we live today, work that finds roots in and grows from tradition.
Homes express our values. We need to care about who is making them, from the craftspeople who create your furniture, to the architects and builders who help you transform your home's shell.
Just as we might care about the origin of the clothes we wear or the food we eat, do we really know about the services and products behind our homes? Do these businesses share our values and are they people we'd be proud to stand by and support?
There are people in our capital, Cardiff, are doing amazing work with homes. But in a confusing marketplace with global players, it can be hard to see the wood for the trees.
That is what Authentic House is about. From recycled pallet furniture to eco designs and the local brick, I want to share with you the stories of people whose hard work deserves to be told - whose work is benefiting communities, the environment and creating homes that help people live happier lives.
What is an Authentic House? Simply a house that is true to you, and what you believe in.
Wherever you live, who wouldn't want that?
If you live in the Cardiff area and know any great people who provide services or products for the home, please share them below or get in touch. Or, if you'd like to feature your work here, we want to hear from you. Just tell us a little more about yourself.