With our house extension hopefully starting in early 2018 my husband and I have been re-designing the downstairs of our house.  As we talked it dawned on me that all three of the houses we have owned have had an open plan layout.  This wasn’t intentional, it was never on our must-have list of things we wanted in a house, but it has been something that made a house attractive to us. When we were looking for our first home we weren’t too picky, and we certainly didn’t expect to fall in love with the second house we viewed.  So… View Post

  Decorating a home on a budget is tricky, especially when you need to buy big items, like furniture. When we moved into our dream home 8 years ago it took almost every penny we had (planning a wedding at the same time didn’t help the finances) and there wasn’t much left for new furniture.  We had to work with what we already owned or look at alternative ways to keep the cost of furnishing our home really low.  Here’s a few frugal furniture ideas to help keep costs down: Buy used items Buying second-hand items is an especially good approach.… View Post

Since receiving our planning approval for our new extension a couple of weeks ago my husband and I have been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for ideas for our new space.  We are both huge fans of the open living/kitchen/dining space and this is a look we are wanting to create.  With two little boys who will undoubtably be spending a lot of time in the garden as they grow older we really want to make this back room the heart of our home. We live in a cottage which was originally built in the 1850’s.  Twenty… View Post

It’s been quite a while since I’ve written a home post, and there is actually a really good reason.  Behind the scenes there have been some very exciting plans taking place which, if everything goes smoothly, will mean some very big changes to our forever home. I have mentioned before that we fell in love with the house almost immediately.  It was one of those feelings that is quite hard to  describe but the house just felt like home.  It was far from perfect but we loved it’s quirky features and traditional cottage style.  As the house had been empty for… View Post