Friday, 25 March 2016


It's hard to believe, but Hubs and I moved house six months ago today!
We left behind a 1940's ex-council house and moved into a shiny and new three-bed semi - a blank canvas. Things have developed over the past 25 weeks - we've really put our stamp on the house - and while there are still two bare light bulbs and no curtains covering our rear French doors, I'm not rushing, because this once-blank-canvas is home.

Because it's fun to look back and see just how far we've come, I wanted to share with you some photos which show just how our home has blossomed since we moved in on 25th September 2015...


The lounge is my favourite room in the house; it is absolutely filled with natural light, even on dull winter days.

This room is extremely functional but, as yet, not very pretty.
I want to paint this wall sage green and get some artwork on the wall. I also have plans to buy these curtains from John Lewis to cover the doors and add a bit of privacy to the rear of the house, which so far has not been an issue, but neighbours are starting to move into the houses behind us so it's time to think curtains!

We've done a lot to the room which was unpacked first #alwaysthinkingofmybelly :)
Just before Christmas, we added a dishwasher and a breakfast bar - we did consider an island but decided to go with a breakfast bar instead because it would still offer us a great deal of floor space whilst providing extra storage and more seating.

A real sanctuary now, our bedroom took a while to sort out. We spent the first week or two in the spare bedroom as we'd ordered a new, larger bed so had to get new linen; then we needed curtains and a carpet.
You can see a full tour of our bedroom here.

Looking back at these photos, it's amazing to see how much our house has changed over the last six months; it really feels like our home now. I've really enjoyed furnishing and decorating this house, although it has been stressful at times. I do imagine a little more stress on the horizon because we'll soon be able to pick out paint colours and, because I don't want to get it wrong and make a costly mistake, I'm sure I'll bore Hubs silly with colour charts and Pinterest images of paint colours (which he will hate because he's colour-blind!). As you can see, all the walls are the nasty builder-grade magnolia, which while being clean and bright, is bland and uninviting. I'd love to get a splash of a different colour in the hallway, kitchen diner and our bedroom before 2016 closes but I'm not going to stress if we don't. 

This home is long-term; it's not a quick, get-on-the-property-ladder house like the last one. This is somewhere we hope to spend the next 20+ years of our lives, so the plan is to enjoy it, and let it evolve organically, as all the best things in life do!

Home Etc

Happy Good Friday :)


  1. You all have done an amazing job on your house a home! I love your design style.

  2. You have got a lovely spacious home. I hope the next 6 months are just as fruitful as you continue to put your stamp on your new house. #homeetc

    1. Thanks, Louisa; I hope they will be too! x

  3. Gosh — you've done such a lot in such a short space of time! It's lovely isn't it? When you look back and see how much you've achieved and how things have changed. The old adage 'an Englishman's home is his castle' is so true isn't it? Thanks so much for linking up with us :) #HomeEtc

    1. Do you think so, Caro; it doesn't feel like we've done all that much in six months, but looking back at photos helps remind us how far we have come :)

  4. Lovely! You've achieved SO much :) We have been in our new build 6 months and we love it too xx Thanks for linking up - Jess xx


    1. Thanks, Jess; I'm a huge fan of the link up :)