If you follow me on any of my social media channels or indeed are a regular reader of my blog you will be well aware that we bought a house (!) I have been not so subtly harping on about it for quite a few months now. As I write this we are two days away from finally moving into a house that we have had the privilege of putting our very own, rather large, stamp on.

We bought this end terrace, Victorian property in January this year, we knew it was a 'fixer upper' and that prospect excited us. However when we exchanged contracts and took our first wander through our new home, sans furniture, we realised if we were going to fix it up it needed to be done right and a little more work was required. Every room was taken back to brick, it has been completely re-wired, has new plumbing, we removed walls, bricked up doorways, created new doorways, changed the layout, new floors, old floors revamped, new windows; we have done everything you can think of and it has been an extremely exciting, slightly nerve wracking, very educational experience and I can finally see the light at the end of our renovation tunnel. I am going to do full before and after posts as each room is finished, or as finished as it is ever going to be!
At the top of our wish list was a large open kitchen/diner; where we could cook, entertain, relax and to generally be the heart of the home. This house did not have that but we saw a way that we could create it. Cue three walls removed, the kitchen moved into the old dining room and the old, rather small kitchen has become the dining room. This space is incredible, it is so bright, spacious and I can already tell the majority of our time will be spent here. The counter tops were fitted to our kitchen yesterday and I am obsessed! I know I said I was going to do a full before and after but I had to share this little sneak peek of the kitchen as it stands...
The windows in the first picture are new wooden windows, the previous windows, also wood, had been in for thirteen years and had started to rot. The day the bay window was replaced I could have cried it made such a difference and I cannot wait to put our first Christmas tree in this space. Yup, the Christmas elf that I am is already thinking about the festive period...just think of the soirees we can have in this kitchen!
These are definitely not the prettiest photos that I have uploaded to this blog but for now they are by far my favourite. I have enjoyed every minute of this process, apart from the odd seconds where I got impatient and 'just wanted to move in already'. We still have a lot to do before it is fully finished, we have carpets to fit, furniture to arrive, accessories to buy, gardening, gardening and more gardening and a little bit of painting but the bulk of the work is done and I cannot wait to share the finalised look with you.

I mentioned previously that this has been educational...I have learnt SO much about houses in general, the process of buying a house, tips for brightening a house, tips for choosing the right paint colours for north, south, east, west facing rooms (a whole post to come on this soon), the right carpet for the right space. There are so many big and so many tiny decisions to make and me being me I couldn't make any of them without fully researching my options first. Everything has been thought through, right down to the door knobs.

If you can't wait for the full reveal head over to Pinterest it will give you a pretty good idea of our taste and the look that we are trying to achieve. Think bright, light, lots of whites and greys using accessories and art to add pops of colour.

If there is anything that you would like more information on when it comes to buying, renovating, decorating house, let me know in the comments or tweet me your questions, I would love to help!


  1. Wow that's a lot of work to do! But the space looks like it's going to turn out absolutely gorgeous in the end! Congrats:)
    Cloe X clxelouise.blogspot.com

  2. Congratulations :) The kitchen itself looks so pretty. I'm sure once its finish, it would look absolutley amazing!

    Have a great day! ♥

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  3. Congratulations on your new home! I hope you have loads of fun fixing up your new home!

    Ella xx

  4. Ahh congrats lovely, such an exciting time for you. Doing up my house was one of my favourite things (also majorly made me feel like an adult haha)


  5. oh my god, congrats. your house looks so good already and i would love to see a house tour. i can't wait to get a house myself one day.


  6. congrats!! i've always been renting houses but actually having to create one from almost zero is so exciting. can't wait to see it completed<3

    xx from italy
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  7. The kitchen looks fab!! The house is going to look amazing when it's all finished! Can't wait to see it here when it's all done!

    The Velvet Black | UK Style & Beauty Blog

  8. Wow such an exciting project! I'd love fully renovate a house one day. Your kitchen looks amazing!

    Bella Pummarola

  9. OMG The kitchen has an island - I DIE! Congrats lovely can't wait to see the finished result! xx


  10. I'm looking forward to your tips on buying a house post as I will need help with that soon. So exited that you bought your house and the kitchen looks amazing. Can't wait till you show us the final look PLEASE keep me posted! I mean it. Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day!
    Dominica from www.its-dominica.blogspot.co.uk



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