Flat move and my new home decor wish list
Hello, hello guys! I hope you had an amazing start of the week!
Today's post will be about my recent move and home decor.
A few weeks ago, while I was in the middle of my wardrobe changeover, I might have mentioned that I was on a hunt for a new flat.
Well, I have found it. Yayyyyy!
I was an absolute nightmare but we made it. We were fed up of living on the high street (we couldn't get used to the constant noise), so we started to look for a new place before our contracted term.
It took us a few months to find the right one but at the beginning of October we saw a nice one that had more or less everything we needed and wanted.
First, it had to be in a quiet area because, you know...we would like to sleep at night.
Second, not too far away from central London (zone 2 with good transport link is essential) as we both hate commuting. I don't understand how people can buy or rent a house in zone 3-5 claiming:" it is so cheap and we have loads of space" and then spend all their spare time on the bus or in the tube, and at very high expense! A colleague of mine says that she can't afford to live on her own but she spends more than 300 pounds of travel every month because she lives in Essex. Whaaaat?!
I work 40 hours a week and I don't want to spend 2 /3 hours a day travelling back and forth.
The other very important thing is that we wouldn't like living in big buildings, so houses only with no more than 3 floors.
Also, we cook every day, hence a practical kitchen separated from the living room was an essential point.
Speaking of which, we were looking to find a house with a spacious living room so that my boyfriend and I both could have our own creative spot.
Last but not least: the budget.
Easier said that done!
After some disappointing viewings we finally found what we were looking for. We made an offer to the agency and they approved it straight away. We were super excited but the worst part had to come yet.
As we found the flat we liked at the beginning of October and our term with the previous landlord was in February, we had to find replacement tenants in order to leave without paying 500 pound each of fees, plus the rent until the agency would have found new tenants. Considering that for the flat above ours they took more or less 2 months, we couldn't risk to dilapidate a small fortune.
As the old flat is well kept, bright and modern, we were sure to find someone quickly. We then posted immediately an ad on Open rent and Gumtree (you have to be a proper landlord to post on Rightmove...annoying).
We soon find out that even if we had several viewings a week, either the offer they made was not enough for the landlord or they made a suitable offer and then change mind at the last minute. It has been a very stressful month for us both. We didn't want to loose the flat we just found but on the other hand, we had to host multiple viewings everyday, so the flat had to be absolutely perfect at all times: no smell of food, no wet shower, no undone bed...very time consuming and we didn't had the chance to relax properly for weeks.
Luckily, the very last week we found a couple who took our place.
It was not over yet:the agencies made the whole experience was quite a nightmare, starting from the paperwork to check and review before signing, the references process, and so on.
Cherry on top: on the move date there was a misunderstanding with the old agency so the deposit inspection came in the morning while we just started so we had to stop and reschedule it for the afternoon, including the professional cleaning service.
We had to hurry and finish the move all in a day as I only had a day off available and the new tenants wanted to enter the same day. Mastering a real life Tetrix game.
Of course, at the end of it, I was absolutely knackered. After 10 days, I still am.
I am really glad it happened tough.
The new flat is lovely. It is a different style, less open spaced and modern but I like it so much! It is cosy and it feels more home.
Now I can fully enjoy the part of redecorating!
We got rid of the old tiny wardrobe we had in the bedroom and we just bought a new, bigger one. Obviously, the space is still tight but since the layout of the house is different, we actually have more space which is fantastic!
Instead of a classic living room with tv and sofa we will have our own separate creative spots as we prefer to relax and watch a movie from our bed as Nic has his desk in there.
That's why I decided to use the old wardrobe as a storage for all the bits and bobs left in the living room. I know, it is not fancy at all. I am not that kind of blogger I am afraid. I wanted some personal space to write and take decent pictures and a art space for Nic.
We will share the gym of course. I can't be bothered to pay for a monthly membership. I know myself too well: I won't go. I find hard enough to be consistent already without having to nip out when it's cold.
Moving on to the fun part...Pinterest is always a great source of easy and low budget ideas to decorate and my home decor board is actually huge. I like to check pictures from real houses and see how people can be creative with what they own and reinvent their place with just a few DIY tricks.
What is on my wish list then?
I do have the basics. We finally bought a nice wardrobe and we kept our old bed and the night stands as they where still in good conditions. The colours don't match but I suppose we need to make do for the time being. I definitely need to organise some stuff especially under the bed. Thank god there are Ikea and Amazon for storage boxes that will maximise the space under the bed or in your wardrobe.
We added a small square table in the kitchen (we prefer to eat there as it is the warmest room) and we already had the chairs.
Our old glass and metal kitchen table has been promoted as my desk and lives now in the living room with a rather scratched but very sturdy coffee table as a display for Nic's sculptures. I'd rather paint this one later on a sunny day than buying a new one. I really don't mind a bit of DIY. I think it would be nice in a cream colour that matches the walls.
For my creative spot I just bought a wooden full length mirror to take selfies (finally I can stop using fitting rooms).
I would like to buy a small sofa bed so that we could have guests more often. I'd love my mum to visit here and also Nic's family every now and then.
As the space is quite limited, I think I will opt for the simple as minimalistic Askeby from Ikea in either the medium brown or the beige ( I am all about neutral colours as you know...) and I already saw a pair of blush velvet cushions that would be lovely on it from Made.com. but I must admit I am rather tempted by a kind of teal furry one too for a change...we will see!
I would make the room pretty with a rack with some of my plants in nice baskets on it in order to prevent to stain the floor. The flat has carpets, so I will make sure to keep it clean and tidy as much as possible.
A useful blanket box will be an ideal storage solution for bed linen or towels in the bedroom or it could be a foot stool in the living room.
There is a reason why Kallax unit is so popular: it is such a versatile way to style either a living room or a bedroom. With the addition of legs and some cute baskets, it will be the perfect solution to store all your items.
As my bathroom is tiny, I will put it in my bedroom and use it as beauty spot/dressing table and I can add some books and jewellery boxes too. Another clever idea is to use pegboards to sort small items out.
Ikea website has so many inspirational pics from real homes about it, that it sold to me in a split second!
I also would like a fur for my desk chair to make it more cosy...
If you enjoyed this post let me know and I can do some others maybe room by room next time. I feel so inspired now!
What is your favourite room to decorate and why?
Stay tuned for recipe post on Friday! Have a nice week all!