Planning our home improvements (and how we’re going to pay for them)

Our house that looks like a bungalow from the front

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It’s now over two years since we moved from Scotland to our new house here in Lancashire. I’ve written a few times before about the work we have already done and some of our plans for the future. We are planning on staying in this house for the long term so although we are interested in adding value to the property we are more concerned with making it the house we want to live in. Read more

Night & Day themed kids’ bedroom

Space prints

OK, so I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time – we decorated the boys’ bedroom in a night and day theme as soon as we got the keys and before we even moved into our house…and that was two years ago! Up until recently Toby has been in a single bed and Gabe still in his cot, but a few weeks ago we got them bunk beds and the room has had a bit of an update so I decided it was about time I got round to writing about it. Read more

Our hall way makeover on a budget

Middle hall way after

We moved into our house almost two years ago now. We decorated Toby and Gabe’s room just before we moved in and then completely replaced the kitchen after just a few months. But since then our redecoration plans rather ground to a halt, mostly due to lack of funds. Just before Christmas (I know, it’s taken a while for me to write about it!) though we decided to try and give our hall way a makeover on a budget. Read more

My changing home style // Plans for updating our house

New kitchen

It’s funny how your style changes over time. I know a lot of it is to do with current fashions – I know I’m a sucker for jumping on style bandwagons, especially when it comes to the style I like in my house. I bought my own flat back in 2004 and completely redecorated most of it in the six years I lived there. There was a lot of beige and coffee colours, and a lot of IKEA furniture. Read more

5 quick ways to change a room

Chairs in front of a window

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Decorating your home can take a long time. After planning and buying supplies, you then have to prep your home ready for painting or wallpapering, and all of this before you can actually start decorating.

When we moved in 2016 we knew that every room in our new house would need redecorating, but that it would be years before we had the money and time to do it all. If the thought of redecorating fills you with dread, or like us you just don’t have the time or the funds to do it right now, then here are 5 quick ways to overhaul any room in your home – all without picking up a paintbrush. Read more

A new kitchen diner // Room tour

A kitchen diner tour

We moved house back in July last year and we knew that one of the first things we wanted to do was knock down the wall between the kitchen and dining room and have a new kitchen diner. Luckily we managed to get the house for under the asking price and so that left us with enough money to get the work done fairly quickly. Read more

Planning to extend our home

The front of our house that we would like to extend

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When we moved house we were looking for somewhere that had potential to be improved and developed as our family grows – grows up that is, we definitely aren’t planning on making our family any bigger! We knew we couldn’t afford our dream home so we wanted somewhere we could perhaps extend in future and turn it into our dream home instead. Read more

Moving home with kids // How to minimise their stress

Saying goodbye to the old house

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My Timehop has been reminding me over the last few days that it’s a year since we moved to our new house. Moving to a new home with children can be a stressful time for everyone. During all the organisation, it’s easy to forget about the effect it’ll have on the kids. Different children will, of course, react to things differently, but it’s important that they feel involved, and there are some ways to ensure the move goes smoothly for them too, even if they are only small. Read more

Bedroom makeover inspiration

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When we moved house we decided that although the master bedroom was upstairs, we would take one of the other bedrooms downstairs so we could be next to the boys’ room. You can see our rather unusual house layout in my house tour video so you can see what I mean.

At the moment we are living in a mismatched room with our old bed and bedding, a wardrobe full of the boys’ clothes, not enough storage for our own things and the curtains from the living room at our old house! I can’t wait until we have a lovely bedroom with matching bedding and curtains again – I think they can really make a difference to a room don’t you? Read more

Garden makeover plans

View from the bottom of the garden back up towards the house

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If you’ve read and/or watched my house tour I mentioned that I hadn’t seen our new house until the day we got the keys. I had seen lots of photographs and when we finally came to see our new house it was all pretty much like I expected. The only thing that hadn’t come across on the pictures was just how steep the garden is. It’s really not very safe for the boys to play in at the moment and  we are desperately in need of a garden makeover. We’re not going to be able to do all the work ourselves though and will probably need a landscape gardener and a tree surgeon too. Read more