Eeeeek I’m so excited for this blog post! Why? Because I’m going to be taking you on a little tour around my new house! We’ve not finished decorating (or even unpacking…) yet, but I couldn’t resist giving you a quick update on our progress so far.
But before we start the tour, let’s back it up a little… last April, Gareth (my partner) and I set the ball rolling with buying our very first house. We settled on a new build property in the suburbs of Nottingham (where we were already living). There was only one slight problem… the new build was so crazy new, that it hadn’t even been built yet! So, after being accepted for a mortgage and putting down our deposit (goodbye savings), we had a painstaking wait of over 7 months until we could finally move in. I won’t dwell, but needless to say – it was a SLOW 7 months! Fast-forward to December and we at last got the keys to our new home. The following weeks were a blur of moving boxes, arranging furniture deliveries, changing address details – oh, and that little thing called Christmas! It was busy. It was tiring. But it was so worth it.
Okay, enough chat. Do you want to look around my house? Grab a drink, get comfy, and let’s get going…
When you walk in through the front door, you come to a little entryway with a cloakroom toilet. Next to this, is the living room. It’s a pretty decent size room, with a window taking up most of one wall (it catches the afternoon light like an absolute dream!). You can see the “before” photos above, taken on our move in day. And here’s what it looks like now…
We really wanted this space to feel inviting, yet stylish; a place where we can slob out and watch a movie, but where we could also host guests and offer them a cool place to hang out. I shared by initial ideas a few months back and I’ve tried to stay as true to that vision as possible. It’s still a work in progress – for example, I cannot wait to cover that big white walls behind the sofa in some artwork! – but I love how it’s coming together.
The other main room on the downstairs floor is the kitchen. For both Gareth and I, the kitchen is really important. We love to cook, we love to eat and we love to have friends round for dinner parties. So a functional, yet stylish, kitchen was a must. We’ve still got a bit of work to do with this room, but the biggest change we’ve made so far is adding a big dining table.
I was a little unsure about this dining table at first, but seeing it in-situ made me realise that it actually really works! We’ve still not got round to buying dining chairs (I’ve got my eye on these ones), but they’re on the top of our to do list. I also have a vague plan of filling that main wall with a massive clock, or perhaps a large art print… so many possibilities! :)
Of all the rooms in the house, my little studio is perhaps the most important to me. It’s the home of all my crafty supplies, and where I do most of my blogging. It’s actually where I’m sitting as I write this blog post! Here’s what it looks like now…
Whilst I’m pretty happy with how it looks now, there’s certainly more work I want to do in this room. Specifically, I want to add a splash of bold colour to the walls! I’m thinking of going a bit crazy and painting a geometric pattern – although I think I’ll need to invest in some decent tools first.
I was having a look over at the Engelbert Strauss website recently, and they’ve got a great range of DIY tools that I think I’m going to explore. In fact, they’ve got pretty much every paint tool you could need for a spot of home DIY – certainly worth checking out if you’re in a similar situation as me!
Right, that pretty much concludes the main updates of my new house. I haven’t yet shared the master bedroom, guest bedroom, bathrooms or garden – but there’s a simple reason for this: they’re currently a big unfinished mess! We only moved in a month ago, so haven’t quite got round to sorting them out properly just yet. But as and when we start work on them, I’ll be sure to blog it! :)
Thanks for taking a little tour around my house with me, guys – I can’t wait to show you more over the coming months (plus plenty of home décor DIY projects along the way!). – Mike.
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