If you follow me on Instagram you may have noticed – due to the excessive photo spam – that I’ve just moved into a new house. Yes, we moved the week before Christmas. Clever us.
We are very happy though – earlier this year we tried to buy a place which sadly fell through, and since then we’ve been looking for another perfect home. I have a very distinct taste when it comes to houses, and when you’re spending such a huge amount I really don’t think you should settle. My stubbornness, combined with Rob’s very specific need for a cellar with power supply (he’s a drummer and it’s not the kind of instrument you can play quietly in the living room…) meant we’d had a long and fruitless search.
About a month ago, my obsession with Rightmove’s email alerts paid off when a beautiful house came on the market – our ideal street, within our price range, the perfect size, with cellar, original features, a fireplace AND a cat flap. Spot on… but to rent, not to buy.
We decided to go for it anyway and within a few hours we’d signed the contracts. Our plan is to rent for 6 months then see where we are on the buying scale. I still refuse to accept the notion that renting is dead money – a home is a home, no matter what kind of contract you have.
So, moving fell on the busiest weekend of the year, with a night out, a Christmas party and a family meal to slot in around loading the van and unpacking at the other end. But we did it, we’re in and the cats are already showing their displeasure at being uprooted by ignoring us entirely. Here are some sneak peeks of the little bits I’ve managed to get sorted over the last few days…
Because we moved from our old place in mid-December and know we’ll be in a state of disarray until at least January, we decided to skip ‘proper’ Christmas decorations this year. Instead of my usual real tree, I bought this twinkly paper tree from John Lewis and decorated it with teeny baubles from Paperchase. I got a pom pom wreath from Paperchase for the fireplace and a real wreath from my local florist for the front door. Suitably Christmassy without the stress!
Moving into a new living room means we finally have room for this beautiful wooden tripod lamp from Habitat at Argos, which was kindly sent to me about 6 months ago. I love Habitat lighting and the sage green shade looks great with our new (to us) grey sofa, donated by our amazing friend Nic!
I’ve gone a bit cushion crazy – I literally cannot stop buying them. The brilliant Custard Cream one is by Nikki McWilliams, the pheasant is from Next and the check is c/o Made.com (more on that and Made.com soon).
My love for fireplaces is well-documented – we had a wood burning stove at our old place and I was slightly obsessed with it. The new house has a gas fire, but it’s encased in the most beautiful original surround. My real-fire snobbery was silenced as soon as I saw it.
A few more finishing touches – my love of clutter and ‘stuff’ knows no bounds but I’m trying to keep things a bit clearer and chicer here at the new place. Who can resist a set of Santa matryoshka dolls, though?