Things No-One Tells You…….

Matt & I brought our first house just over 9 months ago now and it has been a really interesting few months together getting into routines, learning more about each others habits (didn’t know that was possible after 8 years!) and doing so much washing I want to start a petition for paper clothes!

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But as much as I love my friends and family, there is stuff that people just dont tell you before you move out for the first time – or maybe they did and the innocence that you have when living at home you just ignore it or say that wont be me…….

  1. You WILL need a new boiler! Virtually everyone that I know who has brought their first home at some point in the first year has had to get a new boiler, maybe everyone I know didn’t ask the age of the boiler or if there was any problems, or if like us was just unlucky – but have some money put aside just in case!
  2. You always be doing washing! It might be washing up, washing clothes, steam mopping floors – there is ALWAYS and I mean always something that needs to be washed. I just don’t understand where all the stuff comes from, I swear we have little people that come out in the day when we are at work that create more washing for us to do.
  3. It will really irritate you when people don’t empty bins or put washing (including washing up) away. Like SO MUCH so that you will suddenly understand why your mum was always in a mood when you expected that to be her job for all those years!
  4. You will eat ALOT of takeaways! Because no matter how much you meal plan or your cupboards, fridge & freezer are full of food the want to cook every night will fade and you will end up getting take out…..
  5. Sort out your energy provider on day 1. The very first day you move in, dont turn any lights on or heating or gas until you have called your provider and switch if needed otherwise you will be put on an emergency tariff AND get stung hard on your first bill!
  6. You wont go on holiday. We used to holiday HARD there have been years where we have been on holiday twice in one year but since moving in we just haven’t. Don’t get me wrong we have thought about it but when you look at how much it costs vs the work you want to do in your home. This one people warned us that we wouldn’t be able to holiday as much and the truth is we could IF we wanted to, but truth is, we would rather work on the house.
  7. You will annoy each other. For every couple that says the first time they live together its smooth sailing is lying. You will annoy each other – there will be things you find out your significant other does that you had no clue about. BUT with all the annoyance and the rows about paint and wallpaper you will get through it and be a better couple for it.
  8. Don’t buy glasses. Seriously – DON’T, people want to buy you moving in gifts and help you on your way in your new home which is so lovely and something you need to appreciate and be grateful for. However for some reason people always assume you need glasses…..glasses for squash, glasses for wine, pint glasses and any other type of glass you can think of. I kid you not I think we have around 50 wine glasses……I am the only one that drinks wine in this house hahaha! At least we have plenty for parties!
  9. Buy light bulbs and batteries! We were really lucky but I have heard horror stories of people that have moved in and the previous owners took all the light bulbs and switches! How mental! Although, you will have no idea how much you will need batteries for the most random of things that you really dont expect – that along with medication, cellotape, string etc. its all stuff your mum and dad had to hand all the time and you just took for granted!
  10.  Dining room tables……anything like us you will deliberate over a table for ages and then buy one, then use it a handful of times as after 6 months the preference to eat in the front room in front of the telly is just so much more appealing!

Well, these are just the things that I think you need to know about – I am sure there are hundreds more sensible and funnier things BUT these are the things that I wish people had forewarned me about!

Overall our first 9 months have been great, yes there have been tough moments but to counteract them we have had some really wonderful times in our first home and I can’t believe on 9th December we will be celebrating 1 year in our own home!

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What do you wish people told you about when you moved out for the first time? I bet you all have some funny stories!

Love

Emma xx

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A Secret Room

Most homeowners have a secret room, although its often called a loft/attic/basement etc. When we first started looking at houses this time last year, one came on the market that had boarded out their loft and it was turned into a walk in closet and the pictures looked great (you could only access it from the master bedroom). We joked and said we would change that to a cinema room & unfortunately it kind of stuck…..so when we really started to look last September we always had it in the back of our mind that we wanted a loft that we could change into a room.

Now, we are no where near being able to afford to fund a loft conversion and although we would love a cinema/TV room, we have both said about making it into a large master bedroom with en suite too. But, there is no harm in dreaming right?

 

"Here's to the ones who dream, as foolish as they may seem." // La La Land

So I have been doing some research on what we could do with our loft space and there are some fantastic idea’s out there….here are just a few…

How lovely would that be! Although there is a bit of work to do before then which is fine and we will figure it out although in the mean time I think it would be great to look at some practical ways to use our storage space up there. There are some great idea’s out there as to what you can do with your loft to improve and have practical storage space. It all depends what you are looking for and what you store in your loft as to what is right for you, but here are some ideas that I think we will adapt to our needs…

Well that was another small insight into our DIY adventures and our hopes for the loft!

Keep Smiling!

Emma xx

Our Shade Of Grey!

We always knew that our Front Room was going to be one of the first to be decorated as we found the brilliant white to be so clinical and unwelcoming. However, deciding on how we wanted it to look was proving to be something of a nightmare!

We brought a gorgeous black leather sofa from DFS back in November (my dad kindly modeling for us below) and it was delivered mid January, so its pretty much a big statement piece itself. We needed something that wouldn’t be too over powering with our sofa and also compliment it well.

After possibly 20 different paint samples, we narrowed our choices down to wanting Grey…..I kid you not, there are about 50 different shades of grey to choose from! We (me mainly as he was often at football) picked out 5 that we thought would go well in the room and not turn the room too dark. The 2 favourites were Chic Shadow and Goose Down by Dulux. We both felt that Chic Shadow was a bit too dark against the sofa, so decided Goose Down was our choice of colour. So with that in mind, we then just had to decide what to do with the Chimney Breast, do we have a painted feature wall or mirror what we have done in our bedroom and wallpaper? Here are some pictures we pinned on Pinterest for ideas….

It took us a while and when I say a while, I mean about 15 different wallpaper samples to finally find the one we liked. I am not sure what drew us to it or why we both liked it (ok for me it was that it had a touch of sparkle), but we both saw it at Homebase and said Yes, that’s the one. I don’t even think we brought it home to “hang” and see if we liked it, we just brought it there and then.

Once we had everything, we wasted no time and set to work one early Saturday morning. With a couple of issues with the wallpaper, we had everything done and finished and the front room put back together by the Monday evening! However, we soon realised that we needed to upgrade my TV Stand that I had brought with me as the style didn’t really go with the room and it didn’t match our nest of tables we had brought earlier in the year. Matt did some bargain hunting online and managed to get a new TV Stand half price at Debenhams! I am guessing you want to see the finished product?!

Well it’s semi finished, a bit like our bedroom! We want to get a nice big mirror for the chimney breast, a new lamp for behind the corner of the sofa as well as some pictures up on the wall. We are fussy and like to take our time over things to make sure we get the right stuff. However, I have been thinking recently about black and white photo’s in black frames will look quite nice behind the sofa.

Just like the bedroom, as soon as its 100% finished I will defiantly show it off to you all!

Keep Smiling!

Emma xxx

A Place Of Calm

I am probably not the first person that when moving in with their beloved had a certain idea as to how things were going to be decorated, but when it comes to reality you need to find a happy compromise. As you can see from previous posts, our first “project” was the bathroom and we love our bathroom – or shower room – now, its perfect for what we need and I sometimes forget that we ever had a bath in there!

BUT, before the bathroom was even done we had the wallpaper for our bedroom picked out and brought. The paint samples sat on our chest of drawers for weeks on end and nothing to get us going. Then the rain came……it hindered our house warming plans over the first Bank Holiday in May and Matt decided late Sunday afternoon that we were going to start decorating the bedroom.

With help from both sets of parents loaning us their DIY tools and knowledge, the bedroom was painted and back to normal by the Thursday (thank god we have a spare bed!). It was so nice to add a touch of colour to what was a brilliant white, clinical feeling room. We decided on Duck Egg Blue wallpaper, I am not sure if it was the colour or the pattern that drew our eyes, but it was quite possibly the first thing we have both agreed on instantly.

 

We are really lucky with our bedroom that we have a chimney breast to act as a focal point and we knew that we would have that wallpapered with our feature colour either side. It wasn’t until we went to buy our paint that we realised we had no clue what to do with the other walls. I knew that I didn’t want all the walls to be duck egg blue, but I didn’t want them to be a pure white or cream either. So, we had a look at what “off” white colours were on offer and went with a Moonlight shade. When you look at the walls initially they do look white, but a warm white, its only when you look at the skirting boards (painted by yours truly) and the walls together that you can see that they aren’t pure white.

 

Personally, I feel we have done really well to create a calm and peaceful bedroom. Its somewhere that feels naturally relaxing when you go in and there is no bright colours in your face when you wake up, its all feels very soothing. We are lucky that the front of our house is east facing so our bedroom only ever gets the natural light in the afternoon/evening, so our bedroom and lounge for that matter never get hot.

There are still a few finishing touches that we need to do to our room, I would like a nice round mirror on the wall next to my side of the bed so I have somewhere to do my make up & hair. We also agreed that we would like a collage of photo’s of just us on the chimney breast (although I might suggest that goes on the wall nearer to Matt). Thankfully the previous home owners left the light fitting unexpectidly so we dont need to change that, but we could do with some new lamps on our bedside tables (our current ones were only £5 from B&M).

Now all of these finishing touches seem pretty straight forward don’t they and could probably be done in 1 trip to either B&M, The Range or maybe even IKEA – however Matt and I are truly indecisive and like to make sure we consider all our options before committing to anything. Soooo the bedroom might be finished by Christmas haha! So although I can’t share with you the true finished product, this is as good as its going to get for a while!

Keep Smiling!

Emma xx

Bathrooms…..

Hello!

Sorry my blogging is a bit all over the show at the moment, I am very much enjoying being a home owner for the first time and everything that it encompasses! Our first few months (they have gone super quick!) hasn’t been without its problems, mainly as I know most people find, we had to get a new boiler! Thankfully it hasn’t put us too far behind with the projects we want to get done this year so we can have a year of rest and adventures in 2018!

Our first project this year was the bathroom, we haven’t been blessed with a big bathroom, but that wasn’t something on our wishlist. Neither of our parents homes have large bathrooms, so its never something we have been used to really. It had everything we needed and was fully tiled with large white tiles and lovely black sparkly floor tiles, but the one thing that was wrong was the size of the bath!

There was no chance of Matt getting in there for a bath, I tried twice, maybe 3 times to have a nice relaxing bath with some of my favourite bath bombs from LUSH, with no avail – I was too long! I have never had that problem before in my life! So, we used some money that we had been given when we moved in combined with our savings and decided we would strip the bath out and have just a shower unit.

I had 2 requests…..mosaic tiles and a rainfall shower. I managed to get one of my requests fully but the 2nd had to be compromised. But I really don’t care as the finished product is amazing – I have never been so excited about having a shower in all my life hahaha!

 

So I want to show you our finished product – here are a few pictures and I will share with you below where we purchased some of our bits, so you can recreate a similar look in your own home!

Not Much Has Changed Here, Just A New Unit To Store Some Bits!

 

Aaaaah! Our Beautiful New Shower Unit!

 

Gorgeous Tiles & Shower
Our Little Towel Rail!

Don’t you just love it! I am so pleased we managed to get our finishing touches this weekend and can start to make the finishing touches to the garden and make a start on the next room!

So where did we get our stuff from?

Our new unit I purchased (and put together) this weekend is from The Range, it cost £34.99 and has 1 shelve in there. It perfectly fits all our cleaning products and spare shower gel, toothpaste, spare toothbrushes and general bathroom necessities! Unfortunately I can’t find this on The Range website, but I am sure if you head to your local one they will have this one or something similar.

I love our toothbrush holder! Its from Asda and cost £7, its a lot heavier than it looks and I love the granite look that it has. Our Shower Caddy is also from Asda, its rust free which is great and came with 2 stickers so it can be attached to the wall. However, at the moment we aren’t fussed on having it on the wall. It was a bit expensive at £15, but as its rust free which is something we were really keen on, so worth the cost!

Our lovely shower is by a company called Mira, its a Mira Agile model which you can buy directly from Mira at £459.60 with a 5 year warranty. Our Shower tray is also from Mira, because of the size of the room ours its an unusual size, but its Resin Stone, so its strong and well made too!

Now, for our tiles! We had to get some new white tiles which don’t quite match, but I am hoping it isn’t glaringly obvious when you look at these photo’s. They were just basic tiles on offer, I think £10 for a pack of £10, we over brought so were able to take a pack back, which is always a bonus! Our grey mosaic tiles are not mosaic at all. Its a full size tile that is mosaic effect, its £15 for a pack of 10, its an ideal option for anyone who loves mosaics but not the hard work of tiling them! All our tiles were brought at Homebase and as I mentioned previously if you have a full unopened pack, you can return them and get your money back – so my advice would be buy more than what you need, just in case and return any unused packs!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed a little insight into our bathroom!

Love

Emma xx