I know it has been a couple of weeks now since we last post, but things have been so manic I have not had the time – sorry! Hopefully by reading this blog you will understand 🙂
We bought our house in Cheltenham almost a year ago with the view of modernising the current house and adding an extension on to the back. The people in our house before us were a young couple with a toddler so I can understand why perhaps they did not get around to updating the interiors, and it allowed us to put our stamp on things without feeling too guilty!
However, what started as a 3 month project turned out to be a 9 month full renovation which included entire re-plumbing, re-wiring and moving of internal walls. Throughout this time we also had a couple of surprises in our garden including a bomb shelter and a drain which nearly meant we had to cancel all building of the extension due to regulations. Thankfully, with some careful thought from the planning officers and our builders, we were able to figure it out!
As our first home, we were keen to use the house to reflect both of our personal tastes and styles. Last year, my husband and I travelled to Morocco to both Marrakesh and the Atlas mountains where we fell in love with the country’s interiors and attention to detail. Needless to say, the dark walls and ceilings were a no-no, but we were able to pick up a few vibrant rugs and a brass side table in the souks which are now scattered throughout various rooms.
When designing a home it is not about replicating exact designs in specific rooms, but about bringing together key pieces of furniture and ideas which compliment each other within a house. I tend to find that balance hard as I can get a little too over-excited when I get an idea in my mind, luckily my husband is very good at bringing me back down to earth! My personal opinion is that a house can look nice when it is immaculate and ultra-minimal, but to me that does not feel like a home. I like pictures and little insights into lives, along with the nice pieces that remind us of travels or fond memories. Otherwise, a house is just a house – does that make sense?!
Anyway, after what seems like an age, we have finally been able to unpack and put the finishing touches together. We have been living here for two weeks now and I have to say it is only now that it is starting to feel more like our home. Emotionally I found I had distanced myself from it as it had taken so long, and so settling in and getting it to feel like ‘home’ has taken a while. I think I will start to enjoy living here now, just in time for our housewarming on Saturday! YAY!