So, it’s official: we’re upping sticks, cashing in our London chips and moving out.
After seventeen years living in one of the most fabulous, stressful and exciting cities in the world, we’re after a change of pace and a bit more space for the kids to roam.
I’m not going to lie, I have been riddled with anxiety. Are we doing the right thing? Are we going to ruin the kids lives? (yeah, I know. Ridiculous. But I was anxious, OK?!) Will I make any friends at all? You know, no biggies.
Now we’ve found the house (TOUCH WOOD) and got the schools sorted (SO. MANY. SLEEPLESS. NIGHTS) – AND worked out how long it will actually take to keep going to my hairdresser in Brixton (yes, shut up), I’m mentally there – Pinteresting like a you-know-what possessed.
The house is NOT what I initially envisaged us living in, but that’s OK – it’s great. The space is amazing, plus it gives us the perfect transition base – not a project that will add to the stress of all the other newness a move into a new area entails. It will let us get the kids settled, allow us to find out about our new locale and work out whether there’s a local café that’s artisan enough for me to continue my Instagram coffee series, that kind of thing. Important stuff.
But the new house does allow me to put my stamp on it – and regular readers will know by now that aside from a great coat and fierce pair of shoes, NOTHING in life gets me more excited than interior decorating. Seriously, if I could do up homes for realsies and make money from it, I totally would.
It’s quite a modern house – TOTALLY not me, by the way – which means I won’t need to worry about draughty windows and creaky floors and will be able to add character with the decor.
And I’ve gone all Abigail Ahern, because the colours I’m thinking about are all deep, deep blues and dark greys. Navy blues for a house – I mean, it works for half my wardrobe so why not my living room?
You can catch up with my house-decor brain dump over on Pinterest, but in the meantime, here are some of my current design lust-haves.
PS: Thank you SO MUCH to all you lovely lot who voted for me in the Amara Interior Blog Awards. I was shortlisted for best fashion inspired blog and the awards took place last Wednesday night. I didn’t win (the lovely Victoria from Apartment Number 4 did, well deserved), but I was so thrilled to have even been shortlisted. So if you took the time to vote for me, THANK YOU!