Well, we did it. We officially own a house. We have just about moved in... to the kitchen (the luxury of moving out of your parents' house, there's no rush to do it all in one day), our sofa is on its way, we don't have internet yet but we have painted. Painted!
Anyway, I thought I'd start off my new house posts with a glimpse of what the house looked like when we moved in. It's going to take a little while before the 'After' shots will be exactly as I want them to be - there are carpets I want to replace and a fireplace I want to rip out and a kitchen I want to redo, but these won't all be things we achieve in the first six months. But already it's so much better.
We saw some houses that were perfectly decorated inside, but didn't have that spark. This one did. Actually, we saw a house three doors along that was an identical layout, but it had a couple of fatal flaws, so a couple of days later when we visited this one, it was easy to see past the not-quite-to-our-taste decor (so much yellow) and we jumped to offer. It has just the right amount of potential - no major structural changes, but lots we can do to it to make it a really beautiful home (and being boringly practical and grown up, to add value too).
It's a Victorian terrace, so high on my agenda is embracing the cosy cottageyness. Eventually I want to replace the fireplace with a reclaimed iron one, refit the kitchen with a lovely cream and wood suite (do we call it a suite?) and we want to do some work on the loft room too, like fitted wardrobes.
But these are all future plans. For now, we've painted it white (which has made SUCH a difference), and I'm going crazy buying cute accessories (ALL THE COPPER) and adding little touches to it like the decorations in the first picture (thanks to Cox & Cox for finally fulfilling my lightbox needs) even though most of the house is a total mess and we don't even have a bed yet.
It's great. I'm so happy that we finally DID it, and can't wait to start really settling in. Spending Christmas there is going to be wonderful. So... yeah. I'm kinda pleased.
Pics from Rightmove, but hey, it's my house now.