It’s half term and I’ve decided that I want to update my blog. Rather than just being about my journey into teaching, I want it to reflect the exciting changes that are taking place in other areas of my life and that, at the moment, is moving in with Greg.
Greg got the keys to his house in August(?) of last year but it took him a while to move in. Seeing as he was living with his parents he took the opportunity to get things mostly decorated, the electrics done and any hard work finished before he moved in.
The Kitchen/Dining Room.
This was pretty much done when we moved in, all we did was freshen up the paint by painting it neutral instead of YELLOW and paint a red feature wall in the dining room.
I do have a confession about the colour red for the dining room though … It was all to match my Coffee Maker, which I had picked out before Greg had even asked me to move in with him. Since then Greg has taken it upon himself to buy all the kitchen equipment in this colour, right down to the Red Microwave that we had to buy unexpectedly because the one that came with the house was broken.
The Living Room
Here we refreshed the paint with a neutral colour again and picked out a wallpaper. I thought that Greg and I would fall out over wallpaper but actually it was pretty easy.
The mirror we bought recently from Dunelm Mill and managed to get even cheaper than stated here, it was either in the sale or marked up wrong either way – Bargain! I wanted something that would match the wallpaper without being GOLD and gaudy.
We got the rug from B&Q and is honestly the softest comfiest rug I’ve ever felt and goes beautifully with this throw which I am currently wrapped snugly in and have taken to calling ‘the shoosh blanket’ as it’s so wonderfully soft and warm. We’re also planning to get the lamps from B&Q soon and the ceiling light I persuaded Greg about I’m in love with!
All that’s missing now is a vase for the window sill.
I love sitting in here with Greg on a weekend, wrapped in the ‘shoosh blanket’ with the fire on. Sometimes I put it on without the heat just to give a nice atmosphere. Makes me feel very much at home and I hate leaving.
I am IN LOVE with our bedroom wallpaper from Graham Brown. It was quite expensive but every time I go in it makes me feel so peaceful and happy. When I pointed it out to Greg I knew I loved it but didn’t expect him to agree with me, he was surprisingly quite picky, but when he did agree with me I was over the moon!
We painted the rest of the walls a neutral warm stone colour (the wallpaper was a nightmare to match) and then got all his furniture in. All that remained was a few touches from me such as the light shade and the insistence that the bed is made and the curtains drawn back and hung nicely when we get up. I’m pretty sure that that doesn’t happen when I’m not there but it will when I move in!
Greg’s mum was really helpful too, she gave us curtains for both the living room and the bedroom and a load of bedding that no longer matched their bedroom but was perfect for ours.
These tea lights were a gift from Greg’s Aunt and Uncle and they match perfectly. We have two in the bedroom and two in the living room for cosy nights in with the fire going.
This is the latest room we’ve managed to complete. Greg just wanted a plain room where he can put up all is gaming paraphernalia, posters, maps etc, play his PC games and generally get away from me if he needs to and do his own thing. I was really pleased with the storage units he went for from B&Q’s Konnect range and they’ve worked out really well.
And that leaves two ‘rooms’ that need to be done. The spare bedroom, which is also going to double as my study and the hallway. My room is currently underway. In fact just today I painted some swatches on the wall and have started whittling them down to be vetoed by Greg when he comes home. Once it’s all painted we’ll get the sofa bed we were looking at and get all the furniture in before we paint the hallway and find a telephone table.
We’ve still got all the doors to paint and most of the rooms need pictures putting up to make things a bit more homely, our bedroom bedside tables are arriving tomorrow, plus we need a couple of lightshades upstairs and then it’s all done!
*Phew* It’s so exciting and we have lots of plans. Greg’s main preoccupation at the moment is potentially getting a conservatory put on the back of the house which I have been talked into (he played dirty and got my mum on his side!) and this summer, in the time between getting settled here and me starting uni, we would like to get a cat. Lots of things in the pipeline which is why I guess I wanted to share it with you all. So many changes this year and lots to tell. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted as we progress.