Emotional story of Gitte's cottage hits home with viewers
Grandmother Gitte Trench won over 'Home of the Year' viewers on RTÉ when she explained the emotive reason behind her home refurbishment.
She made the decision to downsize and sell her family home after her husband went into full-time care.
She moved into a small cottage in Wicklow and began decorating it. The pensioner said that the move was very difficult, but explained that renovating her house helped her to heal.
"I started to try and learn how to live without someone you care for and I found the house helped me to do that," she said.
Gitte, who is originally from Denmark, chose not to incorporate her Scandinavian upbringing into her cottage as she felt like elements of darkness represented how she felt about life without her beloved husband.
"My life has changed. I've changed. The whole idea of having white walls and sun pouring like when I was young and we were happy together...I could never live that way again."
After winning last night's heat of RTÉ's 'Home of the Year', the house will now go through to the national final.