I thought twice about writing this post. Well after last week’s one about our new bed, I didn’t want my Ordinary Moments posts to become really materialistic! What next, ‘The New Chopping Board’? ‘Six New Pairs of Tights’? We aren’t making any more big furniture purchases anytime soon I can assure you!
But the sofa is such a focal point of a home isn’t it? It’s where we cuddle up to read story after story on a rainy afternoon. It’s where we sit for the children’s favourite treat of a ‘movie night’ (watching a film in your pjs with a bowl of popcorn). And it’s where I find Carl asleep in the mornings with Teletubbies on in the background when he’s taken Ernie down super early.
When we first moved into this house I was heavily pregnant and then thrust straight into life as a mum of three under four… decorating and traipsing around furniture stores wasn’t really a high priority. We made do with what we brought with us from our old much smaller house, and before long you get used to it and you don’t really notice that it’s not working (or you’re just too tired to look properly!). At the end of last year we realised that we really needed to do something to make our house feel more like home. I said to Carl that it kind of felt like we’d been squatting in it for a year. No thought had gone into any of the rooms, we’d just dumped things wherever they fitted and got on with life. There were no pictures on the walls and the paint colours hadn’t been chosen by us.
So we’ve started, room by room, to put our own mark on the place. Just a lick of paint and mostly cheap ikea furniture, some photos and prints for the walls, some lamps and pot plants. It’s amazing how much difference it makes. The house really feels like it’s ours now and it’s so much more homely than it was. We have a Victorian mid terrace house which for all it’s faults is actually a good solid and surprisingly beautiful old house with its high ceilings, fireplace and original coving and ceiling roses. There’s an extension on the back, which although looks slightly tacked on to the rest of the house, means that we have 3 reception rooms and gives us so much more space that is definitely needed as a family of five!
The three bedrooms are all good sizes and we have a bay window in the front room and master bedroom which I just love. I can’t wait to put a dressing table in the upstairs bay.
It’s probably going to take us the whole year to get around the rest of the house but I’m really enjoying the process of making this old house finally into our new home.
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