Getting ready to decorate our first room…

Having now been in our house for over four months I couldn’t face the idea of getting to Christmas without at least one room decorated. We’ve got lots of plans to have people round for meals and drinks so starting with the living room/ dining room seemed like the best idea. It’s also the only room that we’ve not got massive plans to change so the easiest one to start with and one that doesn’t involve us finding a plasterer.

Now I did put a little bit of thought into this room before we moved… I say ‘a little’, it would probably be more accurate to say a lot. I’ve been collecting a scrap-book for a while (as well as developing a house magazine addiction), so here’s some of the things that inspire how I’d like the room to look (note ‘I’ not ‘we’, Tom has his own ideas…). Continue reading

Sneak preview of the paint for our living room

We decorated our first room this weekend! So pleased to have one done for Christmas. We’ve got friends coming for ‘fake Christmas dinner’ on Sunday so we want to be able to get the house all ready before then. I’ll do a proper post later this week about the decorating and reveal the results of our labour.

For now, here’s a preview of the colours:

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IKEA hack number two

As predicted, getting kittens has distracted us from doing anything else remotely useful. They are endless fun and are entertained by the oddest things. Loo rolls (they think they’re Andrex puppies) and crisp bags tied in knots are two current favourites.

So due to the fluffy distractions this is now an old project but still a story worth telling.

Our front bedroom had fitted wardrobes which we hated so T had a great time ripping them out. We replaced them with a pair of IKEA wardrobes.

before and after wardrobes

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My first IKEA hack

In the first in a series I’m going to call ‘Sam and T are bad at measuring-things-before-buying-themΒ we bought a massive bed and left ourselves no room for bedside cabinets. But this turned out to be one of those problems that turns into something good.

I love the massive bed as much as I love sleep, but I also love having somewhere to Β charge my iPhone and put a glass of water… ok, it’s actually a sports bottle of Ribena. So a headboard with storage behind it seemed like the perfect solution, we just needed to find one. Continue reading

Look. Buy. Move. Done.

Except we’re not done. We now have a world of projects to take on.

We started looking at houses back in January (well, we’d both been slightly addicted to our Right Move apps for a while… years) and with the help of friends, family, colleagues and the lovely Ryan from Which? Mortgage Advisors we managed to navigate the process of being first time buyers. I planned to start this blog back at the beginning of buying Continue reading