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Move House: DONE

February 15, 2012

We are all moved! And as far as moves go it was pretty painless. I imagine the most painful thing will be when Will gets home and finds out by how much the budget was blown in IKEA today (a lot). There are still a few bits to be finished; the dining room has 3 boxes left, multiple shelves and frames need to be put up and we need to have a good long look at storage. Although we have more overall space here we have lost a utility room so I’m struggling to find homes for things like vases and electric breast pumps.


The kitchen needs a lot of work to make it more ‘us’ (see: the hugely expensive IKEA trip) and I’m looking forward to starting on a couple of craft projects we have, including stripping and painting the new kitchen table and a chest of drawers we found on Freecycle. But already it’s proven to be so much easier to keep clean than our last kitchen, with the beautiful but messy range cooker and the terracotta tiles that never seemed to be clean.

My favourite room in the house has to be our bedroom. It’s so calm and peaceful, and the en suite has the first wardrobe in 7 years that fits all my clothes in (bar the fancy dresses which are in the spare bedroom’s wardrobe. Shhh). I’ve allowed Will to take over the study and turn it into his man cave so have moved my computer in here, it’s a lovely place to work and write.


The lounge is also lovely – there are windows and french doors on both sides that let in lots of light during the day, and the exposed brick wall make it all cosy and warm at night. I love it.


I can’t wait to turn this house into more of a home. And then blog about it.

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  • Reply PhotoPuddle February 15, 2012 at 10:10 pm

    Wow, your new place looks awesome and full of character. I hope you’ll be really happy there xxx

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:28 pm

      I hope so too :) xx

  • Reply Steph February 15, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    I don’t know how you possibly do it? We have been here over a year and we still have stuff in boxes, and no wardrobe. We fail, and I bow to your moving and organising prowess.

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm

      In all honesty, the fact my mother-in-law unpacked my whole kitchen was a HUGE help. Everything else was kind of fun (I am mental, yes) x

  • Reply Tanya (Bump2Basics) February 15, 2012 at 11:10 pm

    Looks fab Alice, enjoy the settling in process and making it your own. I’m very jealous about the big closet – very!

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      I have always been jealous of Americans for their brilliant wardrobes – it seems silly that we have poky ones as standard! I’m thrilled to have a more American wardrobe now xx

  • Reply Zoelee February 15, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    I’d LOVE a wardrobe that size!

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:40 pm

      I’m not going to lie, it sold the house to me ;)

  • Reply Katherine @ eggton February 16, 2012 at 1:10 am

    Goodness, I can’t remember how I stumbled here. But I love the site and THE NEW HOUSE!! It’s gorgeous. I love the living room–so cozy. I’ve never had a bedroom with a stone wall. Brick once, but not stone. It looks awesome!

    All the best to you,

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Katherine! I was a bit worried that the wall could make everything dusty (oh, I lead an exciting life) but touch wood it seems fine so far.

  • Reply Bryony February 16, 2012 at 8:23 am

    It’s looking lovely! Can you come and finish our unpacking from December please? Or atleast let me in on your unpacking secrets… We still have a spare room full of boxes! x

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:49 pm

      The secret is to get your Mum and Mother In Law to help ;) x

  • Reply The Mad House February 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    I love the brickwork. You have such a knack of picking lovely places

    • Reply alice February 16, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Less of a knack… more an addiction to rightmove ;)

  • Reply Abigail February 17, 2012 at 9:03 pm

    It looks amazing already! I’m a mean unpacker and can’t stand to live out of boxes so whenever we move (quite a lot!) we are usually unpacked within a day or two!

    Your house looks so warm and cozy but amazingly spacious too, I have enormous house lust! Can’t wait to see more progress over time! X

  • Reply caroline February 29, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    Congrats! I absolutely love the exposed brickwork.

    We’re moving next weekend. Eek! To High Barnet, less adventurous than our Kent plans, but still a HOUSE. First time I’ll have lived in a house since leaving home. ;p

    Can’t wait to get settled in. Glad it’s all over for you! x

    • Reply alice February 29, 2012 at 10:31 pm

      That’s amazing news, CONGRATULATIONS! No more saxophones I hope! xx

  • Reply Abi Gray March 11, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    I love your house. I’m rather jealous.
    Just discovered your blog and I love it. I’m looking forward to catching up!

    • Reply alice March 13, 2012 at 7:39 pm

      Thank you Abi! Lovely to have you here xx

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