Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love – Marvin J. Ashton.
I’ve been in my new home for nearly four months now. It has been a whirlwind of cardboard boxes, multiple car journeys, working with what we’ve got and slowly adding pieces to our personal home collection. We are nowhere near finished making this house a home, but it is somewhere that I feel safe, my own little sanctuary of happiness and somewhere that I absolutely love. We struck gold when we found this place. Well, the estate agent suggested this house to Warren and immediately we both fell in love. I didn’t actually see it in person until the day we moved in; thank god for today’s technology! I haven’t shared my home – as in house – on the blog before, so I thought it was high time to do so. Afterall, this is an extension of my life and a reflection of what I love and rave about. Plus, I’m sure there are some family members who would love to see where I am living now, especially as it is so far away from home. So, without further ado, these are my favourite spots in my home – also being the parts that are less messy.
THE LOUNGE AREA
This is the place that you will find me when I’m not at work, not in bed and not in the kitchen. I adore this spot. I’ve recently tidied it and turned it into a bit of a music area for Warren too as he loves to play his Telecaster here when he gets home from work. It is where we have our tea (the opposite corner is full of boxes on and surrounding our table), watch films and chill out. It is also the place where you’ll find me blogging the majority of the time. I have a gorgeous desk upstairs that I really need to start using, but the couch is so comfy, and it is far warmer down here, especially in the colder months as I’ve just found out. We have made it into our own and I love how it is a mini alcove, so the couch sits snug as a bug alongside the table.
The first things I started packing for the big move were my books. There are a lot of them that needed to be sorted into piles of what I was going to keep and those that went to charity. Needless the say, I kept the majority of the stories I love so dearly, and they sit right in front of me every evening. I love being able to see the entire bookshelf without anything blocking my view. When this was at home, it was at the end of my bed and so I could never see the bottom two shelves which ended up being a mess of books, papers and other miscellaneous items. Now, they are pride of place which means I don’t allow random crap to end up on the shelves, apart from a candle or two – definitely not crap. I’ll be needing another bookshelf soon because the overflow of publications is getting slightly out of hand.
THE WALL ART
Since moving in, we are slowly putting everything together. We have various paintings, prints and photographs on walls, but we are nowhere near finished yet. These pieces really are what makes this house our home. They are a reflection of the both of us with images that make us happy every time we look at them and a great reminder of the important people and ideals in our lives. I really want to add to our photo collage in the hallway soon. I want more photos of the two of us, but also more photos of my family and friends so I can see them every single day without having to look at my phone. We still have paintings to put up around the house which we haven’t got to yet; when we finally sort out the “messy” corner in our living room, we’ll find homes for them.
Obviously, the bed is one of my favourite spots in our home. Sleeping brings me great joy as do the other activities that occur in this spot… reading, Netflixing and having our weekend coffees here. The main reason why this bed brings me so much joy is because for the first five weeks in our house, we slept on a double blow-up bed and futon mattress. It was great fun and hilarious at the time; we even claimed that we’d miss the mini set-up we had going on, but once we had our first night in that bed, there was no looking back. It is so comfy and really takes centre stage in our bedroom.
THE SHOE CUPBOARD
I love that we have a downstairs loo that comes with extra storage. The two cupboards are life savers when the two inhabitants have a lot of stuff. We’ve been storing our everyday shoes in there since we started living here, adding more pairs each time they came from a wardrobe or box somewhere. The heels are a very recent addition and one that I can’t believe I didn’t think of before. They used to live in bags in the ottoman that doubles as our footrest and table in the living room (not at the same time, obviously), but when I decided to haul the giant amount of DVDs we have lying around into the ottoman, the shoes had to find a new, better home where I can actually see what heels I own.
THE DRESSING TABLE
Usually, the dressing table looks like a bomb’s hit it, but once tidied, organised and dusted down it is one of my favourite corners. It is built into the house just like the floor to ceiling wardrobes, making sure we have lots of storage for our many things. Items still overflow to the floor and other areas of the house. As it is a substantially big dressing table, Warren and I share the space. I have a little more because, let’s face it, I have more beauty items than he does. I love how this corner is full of some of my favourite things such as my perfume collection, skincare products and beloved jewellery pieces.
Well, that is kind of a mini tour of our humble abode. I can see us being here for a very long time; as soon as I walked through the door when we first moved in, it felt like home. I love being in my little spots and can’t wait to make it more like ours through an excessive amount of photos and more homely additions.
What are your favourite spots in your home?
Love, Faye xo