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Gemma Collins ‘plans to turn new £1.3m mansion into the ‘Buckingham Palace of Essex’

Gemma Collins is reportedly planning to turn her new £1.3million mansion into the ‘Buckingham Palace of Essex’. 

The former TOWIE diva, 40, wants to call in her friend and Real Housewives of Cheshire star Dawn Ward, 47, who owns an interior design company to help, according to The Sun. 

Dawn runs Arista Design from her own £14million home in Cheshire which she shares with husband Ashley Ward and is reportedly going to transform Gemma’s new pad. 

Exciting! Gemma Collins is reportedly planning to turn her new £1.3million mansion into the ‘Buckingham Palace of Essex’

New place: The former TOWIE star, 40, moved into the five-bedroom barn conversion in January and is now planning a design makeover

New place: The former TOWIE star, 40, moved into the five-bedroom barn conversion in January and is now planning a design makeover

A friend revealed to the publication: ‘Dawn’s designs are jaw-dropping and life changing. She’s going to make Gemma’s house the Buckingham Palace of Essex.

‘It is going to be off the scale when she and her team have finished the work. Even the GC will be lost for words.’  

Dawn’s company has helped design the interiors of multi-million homes in London and Cheshire, plus a clothes franchise in Harrods. 

Pals: Dawn runs Arista Design from her own £14million home in Cheshire which she shares with husband Ashley Ward and is reportedly going to transform Gemma's new pad

Pals: Dawn runs Arista Design from her own £14million home in Cheshire which she shares with husband Ashley Ward and is reportedly going to transform Gemma’s new pad

A representative for Gemma has been contacted by MailOnline for a comment.   

Gemma moved into her new dream home back in January. The five-bedroom barn conversion comes with an acre of land, a sprawling living area and four en suite bathrooms.  

The property’s master room features its own en suite bathroom and dressing room with plenty of space for the star’s lavish celebrity wardrobe.

Plans: A friend revealed to the publication: 'Dawn's designs are jaw-dropping and life changing. She's going to make Gemma's house the Buckingham Palace of Essex'

Plans: A friend revealed to the publication: ‘Dawn’s designs are jaw-dropping and life changing. She’s going to make Gemma’s house the Buckingham Palace of Essex’

The rooms are all designed with a neutral colour scheme, with predominantly plain white walls and carpets, and three of the other bedrooms also have their own bathrooms. 

The main bathroom features an enclosed bath as well as a separate rainfall shower and sink, all in a muted tiled colour scheme, the perfect base for Gemma to make the space her own.  

The reality star’s living area has floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the surrounding countryside, with the open-plan design allowing for a flow between the lounge, dining and kitchen spaces. 

Picturesque: Gemma's new home boasts a total of four en suite bathrooms and is placed on approximately an acre of land in the Essex countryside

Picturesque: Gemma’s new home boasts a total of four en suite bathrooms and is placed on approximately an acre of land in the Essex countryside

In the kitchen Gemma also has plenty of space and cook and entertain her celebrity pals, with granite surfaces, a double sink and a contrasting breakfast bar with blue wood cupboards.

As well as a study and utility room, Gemma’s new house also features a gated driveway and garage area, and a large Sandstone patio that leads off the living room through double doors.  

It comes after earlier this month Darren Day said that Gemma joked that he ‘helped pay’ for her £1.35m ‘dream’ home in Essex.

Cosy: In the kitchen Gemma also has plenty of space and cook and entertain her celebrity pals, with granite surfaces, a double sink and a contrasting breakfast bar with blue wood cupboards

Cosy: In the kitchen Gemma also has plenty of space and cook and entertain her celebrity pals, with granite surfaces, a double sink and a contrasting breakfast bar with blue wood cupboards

Spread out: The entire downstairs living space is open plan, with the dining and kitchen areas leading onto the vast patio and garden area

Spread out: The entire downstairs living space is open plan, with the dining and kitchen areas leading onto the vast patio and garden area

Talent: Dawn's company has helped design the interiors of multi-million homes in London and Cheshire, plus a clothes franchise in Harrods

Talent: Dawn’s company has helped design the interiors of multi-million homes in London and Cheshire, plus a clothes franchise in Harrods

Gemma has found great success since appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 with the actor, 52, after her remark ‘I’m claustrophobic Darren’ was turned into a viral meme and even clothing line.    

During the time, Gemma ranted at fellow housemate Darren that she was too ‘claustrophobic’ to take part in a task on the now-axed Channel 5 series.  

Speaking in a new interview, Darren claimed that Gemma sent him a video of her new £1.35m ‘dream’ home in Essex and said: ‘You bought this for me Da!’ 

Relaxing: Given the house it converted from a barn, the entire property has a rustic feel, with an open wood finish and floor-to-ceiling windows

Relaxing: Given the house it converted from a barn, the entire property has a rustic feel, with an open wood finish and floor-to-ceiling windows

Spread out: The house has plenty of lawn space alongside the patio area, certainly making it a dream space for Gemma to relocate

What a sight! The star's new house has completely unobstructed views of the surrounding land, with enormous glass windows and double doors offering plenty of light

What a sight! The star’s new house has completely unobstructed views of the surrounding land, with enormous glass windows and double doors offering plenty of light

Talking to The Sun, Darren added: ‘She is making a f**king fortune out of my name. I am now an Easter egg, I’m a Covid mask. I’m a handbag. I’m a f***ing scarf. I’m a jacket. 

‘I was even a Christmas f**king bauble. Christmas bauble and now a f**king Easter egg. I mean, I never thought I would be, but I am.’

Darren continued: ‘She has just moved into a new house, bought a new house, she sent me a video a couple of weeks ago showing me all around the grounds and she went ‘You f***ing bought this for me Da’. I thought, ‘I bet I f***ing did.” 

Plenty of space! The rooms are all designed with a neutral colour scheme, with predominantly plain white walls and carpets, and three of the other bedrooms also have their own bathrooms

Plenty of space! The rooms are all designed with a neutral colour scheme, with predominantly plain white walls and carpets, and three of the other bedrooms also have their own bathrooms

New home: As well as a study and utility room, Gemma's new house also features a gated driveway and garage area, and a large Sandstone patio that leads off the living room through double doors

New home: As well as a study and utility room, Gemma’s new house also features a gated driveway and garage area, and a large Sandstone patio that leads off the living room through double doors

Positive: Gemma, who was living with her brother Russell in lockdown, now has her own space and a huge garden for her workouts

Positive: Gemma, who was living with her brother Russell in lockdown, now has her own space and a huge garden for her workouts 

The TV personality admitted that it was ‘weird’ that the remark from 2016 had suddenly become famous again, adding that people shout ‘I’m claustrophobic Darren’ to him in the streets in Brentwood, Essex.

Darren even joked that despite a successful career, where he has played at the London Palladium, he is now best known as ‘claustrophobic Darren’.

Gemma spawned a slew of memes during her stint on 2016’s Celebrity Big Brother with her ‘claustrophobic’ catchphrase put on a line of clothing from In The Style recently, which was even worn by Little Mix’s Jade Thirlwall.

MailOnline contacted Gemma’s representative for further comment at the time. 

'I'm claustrophobic Darren!' It comes after Darren Day recently said that Gemma joked that he 'helped pay' for her £1.35m 'dream' home in Essex

‘I’m claustrophobic Darren!’ It comes after Darren Day recently said that Gemma joked that he ‘helped pay’ for her £1.35m ‘dream’ home in Essex

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