Lucy Mecklenburgh may have risen to fame for her time in TOWIE, but the TV personality has many more strings to her bow.
Aside from her clothing boutique and successful fitness platform, she’s also a keen property developer.
And, as she announced on Monday that she and Ryan are expecting their second baby together, they also had planning permission accepted on the Edwardian Cheshire property they are doing up.
The couple, who met whilst taking part in Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, posed for a photo with their one-year-old, Roman, in front of the beautiful stained-glass bay window in the new family home.
Lucy wrote: “PLANNING APPROVED. And a new nursery to design”.
The star had previously told the hundreds of thousands of followers on the social media account that she grew up in property development, watching her parents flip homes.
Here, we take a look at the impressive properties in her portfolio:
The mum-of-one has told fans that fiancée Ryan bought their Cheshire home without her knowing.
She filmed them in the car driving to the property eight months ago, saying she was “excited and nervous.”
Lucy promised she would keep fans updated on the progress, often giving tours of the space.
She shares the snaps to her interior account – LucyMeckInteriors – with a bio saying: “Homes owned by Lucy Mecklenburgh”.
The couple will be splitting their time 50/50 between the property up north and their home in Essex, where Lucy is from.
She wrote on social media: “We have my house in Essex and Cheshire, we had an apartment not suitable for a family. We have been house hunting for 2 years!
“Things always seemed to go wrong but I believe that’s because this was meant to be our home!”
In a later post, she described the Edwardian property as “just perfect, tons of potential.”
Sharing the first picture of progress, Lucy said Ryan had spent two full days stripping off wallpaper only to find they need to get the walls back to brick, adding: “Old houses are most definitely full of surprises!”
In another update to her Instagram stories, she said they would be living in the property for a while before making big changes.
They have since partnered with Cheshire-based interior designer Rachael Lauren.
Announcing they’d instructed Rachael to manage the project, Lucy wrote: “We attempted it but soon realised with a 13 month old, work & living 4 hours away it’s pretty impossible.”
The Cheshire home comes with a basement that Lucy has said she’s most excited about. She has plans to transform it into a utility room, wine cellar, and cinema room, and maybe even a gym too.
Lucy has also been showing before and afters of an apartment in Essex she has renovated and furnished as a buy-to-let venture.
She completely stripped back the 1970s home to start again with a fresh and modern look.
It comes with an open-plan kitchen and living area, which now comes with a grey corner sofa, blue accessories, and a white marbled-top kitchen.
She posted: “Maybe I’m crazy taking on a renovation project with a newborn but I’m soooo happy with how it has turned out!! It’s not for me to live in but I’m very tempted to move in it’s so gorg!!”
It’s furnished with accessories and furniture from Macclesfield-based homeware store, Arighi Bianchi.
The master bedroom comes with a white and pine bed, accessorised with blush cushions and a faux fur white throw.
On completion, Lucy admitted that the reno was one of her favourites.
“The master bedroom in my latest refurb buy to let property. I decided to furnish the apartment & I couldn’t be happier with how it’s turned out!” Lucy said.
“This project was one of my favourites. Can’t wait to get stuck into my next renovation projects.”
The stylish bathroom is a “marble, black & gold heaven,” she said, as she shared before and after photos of the brand new bathroom.
And it seems she’s already moved on to flipping another apartment in Essex, as last month she uploaded a photo of a new kitchen transformation for a one-bedroom apartment.
Lucy captioned the before and after shots: “Newest renovation project complete. 1 bed apartment in Essex needed a little love”.
Essex family home
The couple reportedly spent £10,000 renovating the Essex family home, according to The Mirror.
The living room boasts a grey velvet sofa and a black and white gallery wall, created with £7 IKEA frames, which Lucy calls her “Swedish art wall”.
Roman’s nursery has a neutral colour scheme, with tones of brown.
Cute animal prints adorn one wall above a greige couch, whilst fitted wardrobes feature at the other side of the room, with a chest of drawers with gold bunny knobs.
And the little boy also has his own playroom, which takes over a hidden part of the lounge.
Lucy explained: “This was originally a very awkward space off my living room that I never really knew what to do with!? I thought about making a compact gym area, a study, build some storage. Luckily I didn’t!
“It’s now the most perfect play area that’s in full view from a cup of tea on the sofa but hidden from the rest of the house allowing us to go a little more playful & add a little pop of colour.
“It was important to get lots of useful storage but also keep enough usable space for Roman to play with all his toys.”
The family home comes with a grand entrance hallway, which Lucy has decorated with a gold and white marble side table, with a feature orchid plant.
Stylish wooden floors feature throughout with cosy neutral rugs, and a large mirror rests against one wall.
On the opposite side sits a small grey chair, monochrome prints, and a gold and white drinks trolley.
This then leads into the dining area, which features a dark wood MADE table with matching dark green velvet chairs.
The traditional-style kitchen has integrated appliances and boasts a large island with bar stools – a stark contrast to the old-fashioned pine cupboards the home previously housed.
You can keep updated with Lucy’s home renovations at @lucymeckinteriors.