We’ve been in our new house for nearly a month now, which sounds strange when I write it down because I feel like we’ve been here no time at all. That’s probably owing to the fact we went on holiday to Portugal about a week after the move, so have had less time to really settle in and get organised. If I’m honest, because the children are at home all the time it feels like we are away on holiday rather than in a whole new house. I don’t think it will feel real until the qutumn, when Sam starts school and Florence gets sorted with a pre-school place and our routines are up and running.
The house itself is lovely; despite saying I feel like I’m on holiday it really does feel homely and has a really nice feel to it. Unlike my last house, which was a 1920s semi, this one is just a few years old, built as part of a small development just round the corner from the house I lived in when I was a baby.
Despite being new it feels well-built, well thought through and it’s warm and I’m hoping it will be more economical. There are no draughts under the door, no sunlight peeking through the floorboards and no windows that have expanded so much they no longer open. I loved our Hoylake house, of course I did. It was a labour of love for Rog and I, and we really made it our own.
But I came to feel that living there wasn’t the right thing anymore, that I needed to be nearer my family, I needed that sense of home and much as I didn’t want to admit it, I needed to turn the page and move forward.
So this new house is our next chapter, and so far it’s started very well. We’ve seen my parents most days, lots more of my sister and her family and my best school friends have been popping in with their kids all the time. It’s lovely, it really feels like it’s meant to be and aside from all that, it means I have another helpful distraction… decorating!
There isn’t too much that I need to do to the house really but I want to make it my own. One of the first jobs is to insulate the playroom, which is a converted garage, and create a loft space which is boarded out and fitted with a ladder to create more storage. At the moment there are boxes in every room and storage is something that needs to get sorted. My last bedroom had fitted wardrobes all along one wall and all that stuff needs somewhere to go. I currently have a list of things that can’t be found, such as my electric toothbrush charger, going out bags, emergency kids’ birthday present stash and my winter coats.
Aside from the unpacking it’s really just painting – first the accent wall in the lounge for which I’m trying to find my perfect shade of grey, then the stairs, then Sam’s bedroom.
The photos I’ve taken for this post are deliberately not styled. I wanted to record a kind of ‘before’ home tour so I could show you what the house is like before I get it organised. I’m not saying it will change massively but it will change a bit, and the boxes will hopefully be gone by half-term!
One of my issues which you might be able to help with is how to fit more seating into the lounge. I really wanted to get a two-seater sofa for the end wall opposite the bay, but measuring up I’m not sure it will fit with room for my sideboard and shelves, so I’m thinking maybe an armchair on that side and a smaller accent chair in the window. Any ideas much appreciated!