My biggest piece of advice when buying your first house would be to view any and every house that comes up within your chosen area (and backup areas) and within your budget. It wasn't until the tenth(ish) house and the loss of one house that we truly started to understand exactly what we liked in a house. For example I realised I much preferred properties with high ceilings, probably because my childhood home was a high ceiling Victorian villa, we weren't as bothered about the outside space as we originally thought and we definitely wanted an open plan kitchen, dining area.
Another thing to bear in mind, if the space you want isn't initially there; think about how it can be created. Floor plans became, and still are, my favourite things to look at. They give you a really clear view of the property layout and show which rooms could easily be knocked into one another to create the space you really want. This is exactly what we did...
KITCHEN - LINDA BARKER AT WREN / BURNISHED GOLD PENDANTS - COX & COX / BAR STOOLS - CULT FURNITURE / CAKE STAND - LAURA ASHLEY
I am head over heels in love with our house and I am a little bit obsessed with our kitchen. I loved baking anyway but my obsession is now on another level, alongside my new found love of cooking...which doesn't always go to plan but hey it's the thought that counts!
We are currently awaiting the arrival of our dining table from the incredible Swoon Editions, if you haven't checked it out and are a homeware obsessive like me definitely take a look, and I now can't wait to get this area looking more complete also. My final tip if you do decide to take on a renovation job...baby steps. It took us awhile but we have finally realised that it is going to take time to get all of the decoration, curtains, furniture etc. in place and we cannot complete the entire house in a week.
This just means there is a little bit of excitement every month as new pieces arrive, carpets are laid or that print from Oliver Bonas is mounted on the wall. I now feel like a fully-fledged adult who is definitely in nesting mode...and I love every minute!
Where is your favourite place to shop for homeware pieces?