Progress in the bedroom

This weekend, we spent the nights sleeping on our Ikea sofabed (The ‘Friheten’, and FYI it’s VERY comfortable), surrounded by boxes and bags of STUFF.  The trouble we seem to have, is that no matter how much space we have, we always need a little bit more.  The stuff we were surrounded with at the weekend is what we had stored in the nursery closet.  The pattern goes something like this:

1.  Empty nursery closet
2.  Transfer contents of bedroom closet to nursery closet
3.  Demolish bedroom closet (fun!)
4.  Put contents of nursery closet…um…somewhere.

Most of said contents were sorted into nifty underbed boxes, and next weekend we’ll be getting a new freestanding wardrobe for the master bedroom.  Until then, the additional remnants of life have been put in the nursery (tool and floor and junk storage room atm!) and the door firmly closed.  BOOM!  Problem solved.

The purpose of all this shuffling was to allow us to rip up the bedroom carpet and lay the heating and flooring in there.  So, before ado is in any way furthered, here’s a little ‘before’ recap.  It’s blue! It’s dark! It’s FUN!

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And whilst nowhere near complete, a room we can at least sleep in sans headache.Image

As a fun side note, we picked up a vintage George Nelson saucer lamp in need of some (a shit-ton) love last week and I’ve been cleaning that up ready to go up in here.  It’ll be nice to replace the knock-off-I-didn’t-know-was-a-knock-off-cos-I’d-never-seen-an-original that we’ve had for years.Image

The rather lovely white space here is where the wardrobe was, and will (obviously) be painted, and then we’ll be putting in a new wardrobe.  Hopefully on wheels.  And a pot plant.  Fancy.ImageImageImage

The new flooring is so much nicer.  I’m not sure about you, but when I move into a place with carpet that’s been there a while, no amount of cleaning can convince me that the carpet’s not full of the previous occupiers skin cells.   Gross.  

Next stop I think is the hallway-that’s a hot mess.  There are huge chunks of wall all different colours where things have been wall mounted and painted AROUND.  There’s missing skirting where we took out the storage heaters, and SO MANY DOORS.  Seriously, this is a tiny flat and we’ve got seven doors.  I’ve started painting them black and I think it’s kick ass, but I haven’t quite convinced Mr E yet…

Two weeks to go!

Good morning everyone!

It’s been a while, so I think it’s about time to share the latest update.  We FINALLY got a completion date for the flat! Yay!  Friday the 19th of July is when we pick up the keys and that flat is officially ours.  We’ll be moving in properly on the Saturday, and I cannot wait.  We’re treating ourselves to a new bed with all new linen, a new sofa aaaaaaand…..a new kitchen.  There’s lots to do in the first few weeks, but I’m so glad the time has finally come.  

When we first moved in with my in-laws, we put a lot of boxes straight into the garage and didn’t even unpack them.  Over the last year, we’ve been living out of 3 kitchen cabinets, a sideboard, and the world’s smallest wardrobe.  Consequently, we’ve realised how little stuff we actually need.  We were pretty minimal to begin with, but I’m a super organised/prepared/anal person, so I always liked to have enough plates for 20 stashed away somewhere.  With so little storage in the new flat, I’ve had to have a rethink of what is really needed.  A lot of the boxes from the garage have been unpacked straight to charity shop bags, and what’s left is just things that we really love.  There’s a big pile of boxes in the corner of the conservatory, and over the next two weeks I just need to slowly box up what’s left.

Will I miss it here?  Honestly?  I doubt it.  It’s been an interesting experience, and we’ve been so lucky to have been able to take this route.  We’re so grateful that we’ve been able to save up and get where we need to be, but I’m ready for my own space again.  I’m ready to not share a kitchen, not have to worry about when I can shower, and to put some records on or just enjoy the silence.

 

A change of heart and a change of Address

First the Big News.

IMG_0003That’s our sign right there.  We bought a flat!  The offer was accepted, the solicitors have been instructed and the mortgage is arranged.  So, why the hell did we buy a new(ish) flat when we had our hearts set on a fixer-upper long term house?  Pull up a chair, and I’ll tell you.

When we were deciding what we wanted to buy, we were so sure about the property we wanted.  The more properties we saw, the less appealing that idea was, and so we thought that perhaps the best idea was to buy a cheap, run-down old property and fix it up exactly how we wanted.  What a romantic notion *pause for sigh*.  Unfortunately, the more we looked into and planned and nearly bought a house like that, the more we realised that, you guys, it was a TERRIBLE idea.  We’re neither financially or (let’s face it) emotionally mature enough to deal with that kind of stress at the moment, and the idea of a cute little flat that we can totally make our own suddenly looked really appealing.

My new plan is to buy the little urban pad and make it awesome.  We’re still going to have the cool kitchen, the bare brick walls and the black internal doors, just smaller.  We’re going to build up some equity, and then in three or four years when we come to sell we’ll have plenty of capital behind us, ready to look for a bigger ‘keeper’ of a house.  That way we’ll be able to tackle it much better than we could now.  Crikey, listen to me.  I’ve turned into ‘that guy’. Right, from now on, nobody talk to me at parties.  Oh wait.

On the subject of emotional maturity, I am reminded of this XKCD…

Friday Aspirations 1. New House Living Room

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Happy Friday everyone!
Welcome to the first of the Aspirations series.  It’s just a little peek into my thought process.  These are basically a (really) condensed version of our pinboards for each room, so without further ado, I present…The Living Room.

New House Living Room

Sources:

1 Pipe Shelves via Apartment Therapy. 2 Black Doors via Manhattan Nest. 3 Flos 265 wall lamp from John Lewis. 4 Lotta Fruitbowl from LSA. 5 Paton Sofa from Made.com.  6 First Day Covers from Greatbritainstamps

Coming Soon! Friday house posts!

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Following far to many food based shenanigans (although all delicious), I’m proud to introduce a new post series!
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YAY!  Each Friday I’m going to post my plans for a room in the new house.  You know, that house that we haven’t bought yet.  I’m also going to share how we’re finding the experience of being a first time buyer in a tough market.  THEN, once all that is done, we’ll be sharing the fun of the renovation work, and then finally the decorating!  Exciting times!