Our Happy New Home
Life has been super exciting for me this past month as I’v moved into my first home with my boyfriend, Ash. Before moving, I used to live with my parents although I stayed at my boyfriend’s shared flat most nights. So I guess you could say I had the best of both worlds (low rent and two homes!).
With the introduction of our new home, my life has changed drastically. I’m sure all I can talk about lately is new house this and new house that. Therefore with this new change I’ve decided to add a BRAND NEW category on my blog for Home Life. Here you can follow our journey and I will happily share with you all the tips and tricks I learn along the way in making our house a home.
The house adorable, the neighbourhood is unbelievably friendly and the noise… well all I can hear are birds chirping. I should add to this by saying that I used to sleep with earplugs in when I stayed at my Ash’s previous flat in London!
Allergic to my House!
Me and Ash took the first week off work, to clean, strip wallpaper and clean some more. The house wasn’t exactly in the tidiest state when we moved in, so on went the rubber gloves and I spent my holiday working harder than ever before. I wanted to accomplish as much as possible in our week off!
Monday soon came around but it wasn’t until then that I realised how hard I had worked. I was tired, I had bruises, I was aching all over and worst of all I had a massive rash all over my neck, under my eyes and on my cheeks. Turns out I was allergic to my something in the house, not the best start but I suppose I have a good excuse to ease off the cleaning.
*Luckily the rash went in a week and hasn’t returned since, phew!*
Make my House a Home
As much as I love my new house, it doesn’t quite feel like home yet. The house is a pretty outdated and is bit of a ‘fixer-upper’. Consequently, I’m slowly learning how to D.I.Y.
When I lived with my parents it seemed as though they were always decorating. When one room was done they moved straight onto the next. Every time they asked me to help strip the wallpaper I would always say no, because of course I had more important things to do… (not really!). Now I’ve learned just how hard it is to strip wallpaper, how anyone does it without a steamer I will never know. I just hope that when I ask my lovely parents to help us strip the wallpaper, they won’t mind 🙂
Oh, You’re so Naive
Okay I’ll admit that I was a little naive before moving into the house. I honestly thought that in the first week we would strip all of the wallpaper, paint all of the walls and if we worked really hard, replace all of the carpet! Easy right? I was mistaken. Yet, according to family we achieved a lot in our first week.
We stripped the wallpaper in several rooms including the master bedroom. This room was pretty fun to do (1) because it was the first room we started to strip (2) because it will be our bedroom and (3) because we discovered hidden secrets underneath the wallpaper as you can see in the image below.
Doing up the house while working full time and running my blog is pretty hard. The house has a lot of potential but it also requires a lot of time, and there is only so much the two of us can do in the evenings. As quickly as we would like our house to feel like home we also need to be careful not to burn out. With so much going on it can be easy to over do it and push self-care to one side. That’s why tonight I’m listening to some of my favourite tunes, writing this blog post and relaxing in the comfort of our reclining garden chair. Because we haven’t yet added a sofa to our home decor!
Until next time…
I hope you enjoyed this post and will follow our journey in making our house a home.