Our New Build garden mood board

When buying a new home, it’s not just about the interior – much to my disgust! And as we head to those beautiful sunny days, my attention has certainly started to wander outside to our green space. We’ve never had any outdoor space before. And despite thinking I wouldn’t be all that bothered, I seem to be eager than EVER to lift the turf and plant…something.

And that’s just what was on my March’21 goals – get started, somewhere. Having a blank canvas is certainly a luxury, but also a little daunting. Knowing where to really start is the key, and honestly, we have no idea where that is.

What does our current garden look like?

as you can imagine, and often the case with new build homes, we have a Very, very bland space. When we moved in just 12 weeks ago, we were very kindly left with mud and some small areas of patio. I have to give it to Linden, we did get a shed included, but apart from that, we didn’t have much else.

Despite thinking we could make it through the wet weather with Rhodie on the small amount of patio, we couldn’t and we quickly got our garden completely turfed. This was the best decision, as Rhodie has now had a huge expanse of grass to run on, especially during the sunnier days. its also meant that the few sunny days we have already had has been enjoyed in our garden, albeit on some very long lawn as we are yet to buy a lawn mower!

we have been very very lucky with our plot size, expanding 65ft in length and over 26ft at the top, narrowing slightly to a width of 18ft at the rear. having these last few months to look out onto our garden, we have managed to track the movements of the sun to make the most of our sunnier spots.

So, do we have some ideas?

Yes, lots and lots of ideas. I have been watching plenty of gardening programs over the last couple of weeks, scouting instagram of course, and saving some new build garden snaps from instagram too. We’ve quickly established that we are situated on clay soil. This is super common in the UK and just means we have to be aware of what we plant, and how we do it.

Patio expansion

I don’t think anyone is ever happy with the 3×3 patio you are given by new-build developers, so it shouldn’t be any surprise we will be expanding what we have. We are looking to triple the space so we have plenty of entertaining area for summer BBQs and evenings in the garden. We’re not 100% sure on the colour and type of patio just yet, but we want to make sure it matches the look and feel we are heading for with our modern new home.

Raised bedding

I have always wanted some raised beds in whatever garden we had, and it turns out it will be the best choice for ours. The clay soil will make it difficult for some particular plants to thrive, so it’s a good way to add life into a garden with pretty terrible soil.

Raised bedding is also a great way to add immediate height too, which is so vital for us early on. We want some privacy from our neighbours, so additional height quickly is a win win.

It also adds some division, which I am really keen to implement. With such a long garden, I don’t want us to fall in the trap of having a large expansive singular space. I’m really looking for little nooks of magic and interest.

Finally, when our little fluff ball. was Back at my parents he was in and out all of the plant beds. We think with that little bit of height, he won’t be so inclined to run through – we shall see I guess.

Privacy

We are so lucky that we have no overlooking neighbours at the back of our garden, since we back onto a woodland footpath. However, we do have our left and right neighbours that we want to shield as much as possible. We know when every garden is blank it feels much worse than it is, but we are keen for some trees and bushes along the fence line to grow up and offer a little more privacy.

Separation

After watching all those garden shows, I find it pretty important for us to create some separate zones in our long garden. We had originally thought one expansive grass space would be sufficient, but we really didn’t realise the size of our garden until we got out into in just a couple of weeks ago. raised beds, different materials and boarded beds will help separate little areas in our space which will all have their own purpose.

When will we get started?

hopefully, as soon as possible. with any garden, it is a long journey and many of our plans won’t come to fruition straight away. for the here and now, we are super keen to get the patio extended and raised bedding in so we can get planting and hosting. im sure we are not alone in being eager to re-connect with friends and family in our own gardens.

im so excited to get started and share the journey with you all. as always, my instagram is always being updated with snaps of our new build projects, so be sure to follow me on there.

Turning our drab new-build en-suite into our lux haven

Our first complete room transformation

From the women who said she would paint before any furniture enters the property, we have finally injected some paint into our new build home! Only took nearing 10 weeks. And just as expected, with one stroke of the brush, I caught the bug and painted a further two rooms – but more about that later.

When looking at the show home for our property late last year, we were pleasantly surprised with the look and feel for the en-suite. Whilst we knew ours would be slightly different without a window and different choices of tiles, we didn’t think it would be much difference – surely?

Fast forward living in our own home and we quickly realized it was drab, boring and lifeless – and I couldn’t deal with any of that whilst in lockdown. We had thought about having more tiles, but we weren’t confident with that just yet, so we turned to paint.

We wanted contrast from the grey tiles we had selected, and we wanted drama. Being such a small space, it needed to pack some punch. So we opted for the gorgeous ‘muted graphite’ colour from dulux, and well, here’s the result.

Overall I am soooo happy with the outcome. I take my hat off to anyone who has a white home and made it feel homely and warm. I understand we hadn’t dressed the room previously, but it was just so stark, cold and lifeless. With this fairly deep but warming colour we have achieved everything we wanted. We also injected some green into the space as we will be using Green in our master bedroom. We really wanted the coherent feel from the master bedroom into the en-suite, whilst keeping it it’s own space.

Styling

We kept the styling simple, as we didn’t want too much in such a small space. The mirror was the best choice, as it offers storage and is in keeping with our style. With a simple picture ledge, small faux succulents and the prints, it was complete.

Considering we were not wanting to touch the space until getting more tiling, I think I prefer the look of the paint. Its really made the huge shower a focus in the space, and cost less too!!! It’s amazing what one lick of paint can really do! What do you think? You excited to see more of our transformations? Get commenting in the comment section below.

Our experience of boarding our New Build Loft

There’s no denying the gut punch of ‘You can’t use your loft as storage’ speech when meeting the builder for you new build home is killer. Especially when you’re secretly told by them also that you can use it, but not to store too much as the roof cannot support it.

All very confusing when deciding what the hell to do. Who has a 3 bedroom home and doesn’t use their loft? Who buys a house and doesn’t intend to store bits and bobs in the loft space? I found it all abit unbelievable and took to the internet to find some answers.

Thankfully, loft spaces with a loft hatch should be built to sustain some storage weight, as well as live weight for people being in the loft for maintenance purposes, according to NHBC. I was really relieved to read this, as it meant our loft would have been built to these standards. Which moved me onto the real reason builders say not to store anything in a loft space.

Insulation.

So many take to their own loft to board it themselves, subsequently damaging the chunky insulation new builds now offer. Incorrectly installing boards that squish any insulation can cause damp and condensation problems, as well as the efficiency of the insulation itself.

This is mainly the reason builders say NOT to use a loft as storage as many incorrectly board their loft, and cause more damage inside their home. This paired with the homeowners that will often store second-hand furniture in their loft, it’s much easier for builders to say no storage, than the rundown of how to do it correctly.

So how did we do it?

Once I researched heavily as the best way to board our loft, I sought someone who could do it for us. Whilst it is something that can be done yourself, I really wanted someone who knew what they were doing to construct it for us. With our NHBC warranty at risk, I believed the cost of having someone board our loft would be worth the expenditure, rather than a risk of it being done wrong.

Loftzone products

Find someone that will use the loftzone products, or use them yourself. Loftzone products are the only ones accredited by the NHBC and confirmed that used correctly, they will not void any of your warranty. This should be a huge tick box for you and your new build loft boarding project.

Do not remove or squish any of your insulation

Insulation is critical at keeping your home warm, and eco friendly! New build properties come with a lot of insulation, which you may believe is excessive. But removing or condensing this insulation can damage your home and stop it from being effective. Plus, this in itself voids your NHBC warranty. A real no no!

The biggest aspect of doing anything for your home is to do lots of research. No two experiences, or properties are the same, so I would always advise speaking to a professional to be sure. Otherwise, here are my key bits to remember if looking to do the same in your new build home.

Please remember…

  • I’m not a builder or a professional but with the research I had undertaken, and the professionals I have spoken to, it’s well worth getting someone who is clued up on new build loft installs.
  • If you want to take the job on yourself, make sure you follow all steps and advice to ensure you have correctly installed for your loft.
  • Whilst NHBC states that new build properties with a loft hatch should be able to withstand 25kg per m2 for storage, as well as live weight and the weight of the roof, you should always consider what you are storing in your loft space. Too much weight can cause the trusses to sag, and can result in them protruding from the ceiling in your home.
  • Insulation that has been condensed by incorrectly installed loft boarding will result in excess moisture in your loft. This can cause problems in your lower ceilings, and structural strains from excess moisture on your trusses. You will be surprised how much moisture rises into your loft, so ensuring you have air flow over you insulation is critical.
Has this post helped you? Will you be doing something similar in your new build home? Is there anything else you would like me to share on our new build journey? Let me know in the comment section below.

Chapter 3 : March’21 Goals

Not sure if you missed me, but I took a impromptu break from the blog. I didn’t really have much to say regarding January, especially after the horrific lows I seemed to feel throughout. I know I won’t be alone in saying this lockdown has been the hardest yet. Starting a new year with the same turmoil of the last just had a hugeeee impact on my mental wellbeing.

Thankfully, I’d spent some time managing my thoughts and focusing on myself. Since taking that break, and not being around to update you all, there is a lot to pack into this update and goal post!

Read : My Jan’21 Goals

11 Weeks in the House

I can’t quiet believe that we have reached 11 weeks in the house already! And I’m shocked to say we have conquered our Jan’21 Goals, among many others too! Suffice to say, some of these would have been my Feb goals, but hey ho.

Quick Home Update

Our loft was boarded just a week ago, and it’s been a life changer! We have managed to store all of those nitty gritty ‘ can’t get rid nor store anywhere else ‘ and we are so happy. Baring in mind the weight worry and initial “you shouldn’t store anything in the loft” speech from the builders, we managed to find someone that would do it to the NHBC standards and not void any of our warranty. Obviously, we still have to be considerate towards the weight of what we are storing, but its meant we have been ruthless with the junk we have collected- win win!

Read my advice on getting your new build loft boarded

We’ve Started Painting! Finally. And not one, not two. but three rooms so far. I caught the bug and I just couldn’t stop. My week off in February was very very productive! I’ll be sharing more of the transformations on the blog, but you can check some of them already on instagram.

Our lawn was turfed! Which made a hugeeeee difference. This was something that happened early January and we are so glad we got it done. We thought we could wait, but Rhodie really needed the space, and it’s paid off. We are now about 6 weeks since having it done, and are now thinking garden plans to make the space perfect for Summer.

Our wardrobes arrived and have been fitted! This felt like a task that took forever, but they came, and we finally have bedroom furniture and some much needed storage in our third bedroom. It was a long time coming, but its pulling together and we are both happy with the decision to keep a wardrobe out of our master bedroom!

My March’21 Home Goals

2021 is all about my home, so in truth, there really isn’t any other goals for me outside of it. I have been really struggling to think of other goals outside making our new build a real home, and that’s my sign. I have certainly ramped up my instagram feed, and I have even started to create reels. But my creativity in other areas of my life ( my blog and letterbox ) has all stemmed from finally getting round those bits and bobs I had been thinking about when we were waiting for our home to be finished. And I love that. So instead of making up some probably random things that I’d kinda like to achieve outside my home, I’m keeping my home my focus – at least for now anyway.

Have livable spare bedrooms

As with anything home, there is a domino effect with everything. And now there really is no reason not to have 2 usable spare bedrooms, I hope March signifies that turning point, especially with real storage in our third bedroom and a loft space for those bits we want to store.

Paint some more

After catching that painting bug, and with no more immediate works going on internally, I am eager to get some more spaces painted and with a splash of colour. We still have 7 more spaces to paint, one being the killer hall, stairs and landing. Having been fairly successful in the previous 3 rooms, I am confident we can get it done, and I’m hoping we can before the warmer weather strikes. I have stuck to my colour palette so far, but it has certainly had some revisions since being in the house.

Start the garden plans

We do have a great blank canvas in the garden. And having seen Rhodie run across the grass we are so happy with our decision to turf early. Even during these still chilly, but sunny days, its been lovely to have some green space. But as always, we have some big plans and ambitions for the garden space. We are truly lucky to have such a long garden, and we want to utalise it as much as possible. But our garden is also uneven, sloping away at the bottom. So making the garden plans in March will really help the process of creating a garden we will love, utalise and work well with the space and terrain we have!

Plant…something!

I didn’t ever think I would be that keen to get started on the gardening, but living in a literal building site with dust and mud everywhere, I really want to plant some pretty pretty flowers, atleast in time for Spring. Aside from the back garden, I want to soften the front of our property, and our brick wall to the side of our drive. Lots to do outside this March.

I am so excited for our plans for our home. And thanks to Bojo’s latest announcement, I am just excited to let people into our own green space, hopefully for a BBQ and cocktails!

What do you have planned for the month of March? Do you have any tips for a newbie gardener? I’d love to know your thoughts in the comment section!

Interior trends of 2020 that will stay in 2020!

With a new year comes new trends, styles and of course popularity. As a true home interior lover, I always feel nervous about a new year – has that key piece I just invested in already dated and now off-trend? There is nothing worse than having a dated home within a year of re-decorating and styling a space.

So dare I ask, what will we be saying good-bye to in 2021, and what trends from 2020 will stay there? I explore what was hot and what will be not in the coming year.

Guest Bedrooms

Since we haven’t been able to see a heck of a lot of people, visit family or even stay away much, guest bedrooms in our homes are certainly getting a re-think. Gone are the days of having a guest bedroom that sits dormant for most of the year, but instead we are all making real use of the space we have. Spare rooms are now being transformed into usable spaces that see traffic.

Will you be overhauling your guest bedroom into a space you can utalise all year round?

Grey Kitchens

I think 2020 was really the last year of Grey kitchens. Especially when dark colours, including navy and black and bursting in popularity. Plus the newcomer , Green is raising attention too! Grey is a fantastic colour to adopt in your home, since it can work with pretty much any other colour, but the all Grey spaces, including the kitchen seems to be falling out of fashion.

Will you be replacing your grey kitchen? Using DIY methods to overhaul your kitchen colour?

All White Interiors

We’ve all been stuck in our homes, working and in lock down for so long, that its unsurprising we all seek interest and excitement. And that expands to what we have in our homes. All white interiors unfortunately are so 2020. Adding colour, pattern and varied materials is the way to a brighter and happier home.

Will you be swapping the white interiors for a more bright and bold palette?

Open Shelving

As beautiful as open shelving is, it’s not all that practical now is it. And with most of us having brought in plenty of clutter over the last 12 months, open shelving doesn’t lend to well to hiding the odd pile of crap. Open shelving in all forms, including in your kitchen, will be left back in 2020. Thank god, the dusting of those plates and glasses was getting boring. Much rather, furniture that hides those messes will be preferred. Don’t panic though, if you’re inundated with open shelving in your home, add a lidded basket to hide the clutter well.

Will you be sad to say goodbye to open shelving? Or will you be clinging onto it?

Good Bye mirrored furniture

Yes, it looks like over the top mirrored furniture will be a thing of the past. It certainly looks like most of us are seeking more comfortable and durable materials in our homes and mirrored furniture just isn’t that. Whilst they bounce a heck of a light around your room, the upkeep to maintain that shine is just not on our 2021 agenda.

I can see those more natural pieces taking center stage like rattan and cane. Will you be ditching the mirrored furniture?

Open plan living

With so many of us using our home for work, play, schooling and relaxation, no longer is open plan living so useful. When one space is the only space for everything, it can quickly tire – especially when you and so many others are trying to cope with spending so much time at home and just can’t get away from each other. When there is no physical division of space, it’s really hard for your home to play all of these roles.

But don’t worry, we won’t see people building back up those walls just yet. Much rather, using key pieces to symbolize individual spaces will be high on the list in open spaces. Room dividers, curtains and even rugs can help define particular sections within open plan spaces.

Read : How to make the most of open-plan living

Sterile, un-personalised space

I have stumbled across so many homes that are clearly just for the ‘gram. Lacking in personal pizzazz I like to say. Once again, covid has had a huge part to play in diminishing that bare, simplistic, sterile home decor. It has certainly felt that home interiors have become very standardized. With so many of us having spent unprecedented time at home, now is the time to add those personal touches to your space. Gone are the days of universality within homes, much rather many of us will focus on creating spaces that are undeniably us!

2021 will see the replacement of excessive co-ordination to a willingness to mix colours, pattern and texture. Essentially, we will start to see more of us play and experiment with our spaces.

Will you be adding more personal touches to your home this year?

In all honesty, there are so many things I will be glad to say goodbye to in 2021. We’ve also changed some of our interior plans thanks to living, working and relaxing at home.

1 month update : The first month of our New Build Home

I can’t quiet believe it has been 1 month since we finally got the keys to our New Build Home. It was a long old ride ( you can read more about it here ), but we got the keys just 2 weeks before Christmas. As with any new build, there are certainly some teething problems. But to throw the big C word ( Christmas ) into the mix, we found ourselves tight for time when it came to the necessities.

So what can you really achieve in 1 month of owning a new build, of which Christmas was in the middle of? Well, it seems rather a lot.

Flooring

One of our biggest additions was of course the flooring. And this absolutely couldn’t wait. We decided to source our own flooring and fitters, aside from what the development offered. We just found the site didn’t have muchhhh choice and we really wanted to put our own stamp and style wherever possible.

We opted for Amtico click smart flooring throughout the downstairs and in our family bathroom and en-suite. Carpets were also laid in all 3 bedrooms, landing and stairs. We are so glad we chose our own flooring and fitters, as we were able to choose style and colour that matched our home better. Plus, we made a saving of over £1500.00 compared to the site quote!

Our flooring took 3 days to complete and was done within 2 days of getting the keys. I was sooo happy that we managed to book our flooring guys ahead, so we could defiantly move in before Christmas.

Painting

Very little painting has been done here, and what has been done was done in the very first few days of having the keys. Painting our banister was top priority, since no flooring made it that much easier. We are so glad we jumped head first and did this, as its made a world of difference. Next stop, more painting, once all our bedroom furniture is in of course.

Furniture

Aside from the furniture we had from our apartment, we have made some pretty critical purchases within the first days and weeks of owning our new home!

We found pretty quickly that we didn’t have an awful lot of furniture in the flat and being in a 3 bed house, it looked pretty bare!

One of our early purchases included a gorgeous shelving unit for our lounge. This made a huge difference as it filled a pretty large hole , and meant we could showcase some of our most loved decorative pieces.

We also bagged a new bed and mattress, upgrading from the cramped double to a kingsize. We opted for a ottoman once again, as it offers such huge storage that would otherwise be wasted. We also invested in a better mattress. We were finding we were both suffering on our old mattress, so ensuring we had something that offered comfort and support was so important. To say we both love heading to bed is a understatement – our new mattress is the comfiest thing!

Finally, whilst its not yet here, we have ordered our much needed wardrobes! Our previous, extra tall ones wouldn’t fit in our new abode, so we had to buy new. And with Ikea Pax having a somewhat huge supply issue, we’ve had to wait a bit longer than hoped. But we’ve managed to design something that will hide everything away and make good use of the new space we have!

Lighting

Once again, this was something we managed pretty quickly having purchased many of our lights ahead of moving in. With one slight snag ( we can’t find the beam in the dining room to hang our pendant from ), we have managed to install lighting in the hallway and landing, lounge and downstairs toilet. We just need to find the right lights for our bathroom and bedrooms.

Turf

Who knew having turf laid would make such a huge impact on the inside space too! We very quickly became desperate for some turf, and ahead of when we thought we would. Having Rhodie penned onto our measly patio, it was high on the agenda. Following the advice of our site manager, we had a local company come in just this week and level, top soil and turf our garden.

And what a huge impact its had already!

Rhodie now has somewhere to blow off some steam and ultimately go to the toilet! Just looking out of our patio doors onto green rather than mud, has made a huge difference! Surprisingly, the green has kicked me up the bum and I’m now planning extensively our garden. We have been lucky with the size, and I’m keen to make good use of it!

What’s next?

If you’ve read our 2021 Interior plans for our new home, you will know the list was pretty extensive. But we have already made a small dent in our long list, and well within budget too!

Furniture

Obviously building our wardrobes is high on the agenda, but also finding a accent chair and coffee table for the lounge is a must too. Finishing our master bedroom with soft touches, and key furniture pieces is also high on our list, as having no bedside lights or somewhere to put your midnight drink is getting pretty tedious!

Loft

If you’ve bought new build recently, you will know that you ‘shouldn’t’ put anything in your loft. However, being the rebels me and my husband are, we want to store, just the usual in ours. I mean who has a loft and never puts anything in it! We had thought about getting someone in to do it, but after much research, we are confident we can do this ourselves. Hopefully we will get cracking soon so I can finally put those Christmas decorations away!

Garden

Although the dark evenings are drawing to a close, having some much needed light at the front and back of our house is something we are now turning our attention too. It could well be something we have to get some professional help on, of which we will wait until lock-down has passed.

I am so grateful to finally be in our own home, especially with the latest lock-down. We are in no rush to do everything and more to our home, but we also want to take full advantage of not being able to do an awful lot else. I hope you are enjoying my journey, I would advise checking my instagram too as I tend to share a lot of it on there.

Our 2021 Interior plans for our New Build Home

I moved into a new build home 1 week before Christmas…did you know? Of course you know, because it was the only thing I was banging on about the back end of 2020.

Yes, the end of 2020 was as hectic as can be, but there’s no complaining, it was nice to be ending that strange old year in our brand new home. Alas, upon moving in, we began to see the huge task list we were subconsciously building in order to make our blank canvas our home.

Aside from painting and injecting colour, we seem to have adopted some other internal jobs that I hadn’t expected when buying brand new. Of course, everyone has different tastes, but there seems to be a hugeeeee list of jobs despite having that just finished, completely new home.

Tile the main Bathroom

Our quote for more tiles and a shower fitted over our bath in the main bathroom was extortionate, especially considering how much it would cost privately to have the job done. So this is something we knew we would do once we’ve moved in. Having lived in our property for a couple of weeks, we have realised it’s something we are desperate to get done, just to add something more to what feels like a bland bathroom.

Install Towel Radiators

Once again, this is something we didn’t upgrade with the builder, mainly because we wanted a different colour compared to what they offered. It’s another job to add to the list but one we are desperate having previously had towel radiators and already missing their practicality.

New Internal Doors

A rather controversial one when we spoke to family and friends initially, but now the flooring is down and our furniture in, everyone agrees. The internal doors original to the house were not plain white like usual, but a horrible, bland oak design which does not match our decor at all.

It’s something we are fairly frustrated with as its not something the developers would change and all we want is the usual white door that you would typically find in any other new build home. But its a change that will finish off our home, especially once we start painting and implementing our colour palette.

Extend the patio

Turning our eye to the exterior of our property, there is alot to do outside our home. With a mud bath as a garden, we do have a blank canvas to sculpt a garden to suit our lifestyle. Firstly, we want to extend the patio from the measly 4 x 4 patio we were left with.

Like others, we like to host, so having an extended patio for evening drinks and summer BBQs is a must.

Lay Turf

Our cockapoo pup is desperate for some green turf to run, explore and of course poop on. We are hoping this is something that will be done promptly, as having a puppy pooping and weeing on that tiny patio is wearing thin. It would also be lovely to look outside and see a lawn of Green.

Soften with plants

Just like inside, we want to soften the outside too. We have some plants to the front, but of course, we want to soften the stark garden with foliage and seasonal bulbs. We are not usually green fingered, but after some practical garden Christmas presents, we are both excited and eager to get stuck in in the garden.

Window Boxes

Whilst there are some flowers and greenery out the front, being a new build, it isn’t exactly established. A window box for our kitchen window will add some much needed colour and interest where it seems a little bland.

External Lighting

One external light outside our front door is just not enough, especially having a drive which quickly gets dark during the winter months. We hope to install some external lights to illuminate our drive and the brick wall that edges it.

We have a busy busy year ahead, making our new build property our home. This pretty extensive list of jobs and interior wishes of course doesn’t include those cosmetic jobs like painting, furniture and artwork. But we like to keep active and this year is a year we will be more so then ever.

My January 2021 Goals

Hiyah Friends, and welcome back to my monthly goals post. Now, besides being nosy, I find goal posts inspirational to read and even write. They can help maintain and channel focus, especially when we are living and experiencing something like a worldwide pandemic.

Whilst it would have been easy to leave my goal posts behind in 2020, I wanted to keep up these regular posts. Even if it makes it a little easier at the end of the year to pinpoint key milestones of a year. As a new year dawns on us, and the prospect of better times gleaming through, I am so excited for this fresh start.

So, without rambling on much longer, lets kick start 2021 with a brand new set of goals for January.

January flat lay

Get completely un-boxed

It’s no surprise when people say they have boxes from their move that still haven’t been unpacked several years later. Thankfully, we have unpacked the majority of our boxes, with a few stubborn left in our third bedroom. Although I would LOVE to hide them away and forget about them, its really not an option. Here’s hoping by the end of January we will have un-packed and found a home for it all and boxes will be no more!

Board our loft

There comes alot of pros from moving into a brand new build home, but one of the cons we have quickly found is the well insulated but lack of storage loft we have been left with. Of course, that means it’s down to us to install some boarding to house our Christmas decorations.

With the pure intention of getting everything straight, high on our list is making our loft storage safe. With a quick google and look at DIY stores, it seems fairly straightforward and not tooo expensive to install. Here’s hoping it goes well.

Wardrobes

The bane of my life and a main reason why our upstairs feels so cluttered – we don’t have any wardrobes, With one chest of draws, clothes are piled unattractively across various bedrooms making it a very stressful experience when trying to find something to wear. I’m praying in January we can finally order and build some much needed wardrobe storage and I can finally get my clothes where they should be.

Part of the reason we still don’t have wardrobes is the delay on Ikea Pax wardrobe solutions. Unfortunately, there are no other alternatives that offer us the storage we need in the space we have.

Read : Our 2021 Interior plans for our New Build Home

Letterbox

Letterbox had a break at the end of 2020. Having had a tough year, it became hard to keep on top of the magazine and give it the attention is deserves. There have been a lot of plans and content creation over the previous weeks, so it will all be ready for its first edition in 2021.

Blog

I think its fair to say my blog is going nowhere in 2021. Over the previous months, it was hard to create the content I really wanted, but having moved into our new home, and with lots of plans to make it our own, I’m excited for the year of DIY, home decor and interior content.

I finally feel my content will reflect my current passions and I’m so excited for the year.

Unlike every January, I feel so optimistic for the month, and even the year. We have a new focus, that being the house, but I feel so rooted, unlike the back end of 2020. With a new home, a puppy and lots of projects, I feel everything is set up for a cracking year, whatever the universe throws our way.

What’s your January goals?

Taking a positive look back on 2020 – What did I achieve?

Christmas has been and gone on what can only be described as the most surreal year to date. And I don’t know about you, but I am excited to look onto a new year and hopefully a brighter time for us all.

But before I bid farewell to this wretched year, I want to look back on 2020 in a positive light. There has been so much negativity surrounding these last 12 months, I didn’t want to kick start the new year with the same negative energy. So, grab a cuppa and even jot down your own happy memories of 2020. Do let me know if you create your very own 2020 round up, I’d love to give it a read.

We moved into our first house

If you’ve been around here for a while, you would have probably got fed up of my ongoing commentary of buying and selling to get into our first house. But this is by far our biggest achievement of 2020.

5 Years after stepping onto the property ladder, we made the next step. Yes, there was a 3 month wait, and we did have to move back in with my parents, but it was totally worth it.

Our family grew – with 4 little paws

Little did we know 2020 would entail a little fluff ball by the name of Rhodie. In September we brought home a Cockapoo who would steal our hearts, literally. Now, several months later, we literally couldn’t imagine our home without him. Dogs offer real warmth, purpose and love in a home, and he’s literally the best addition to our family.

Appreciation towards the small things

Lock-down 1 (March), 2 (November) and 3 (December) have all spurred my appreciation for the small things in life. Those small trips to Starbucks on the weekend, the sunshine on my cheeks, the small chit chats with family face to face. 2020 was a year of keeping your distance, but also embracing, and appreciating what we do have in life. I am forever grateful for 2020 highlighting my gratitude for my own home, and stable job.

I found my happy

In everything I have put into 2020. From working from home, moving property and continuing my own business. If this turbulent year has taught me anything, its to make sure I’m happy with the choices I take and the path I embark.

This year has certainly not been filled with new cities explored, sunny holidays or BBQs in the sunshine with friends and family. For many of us, its been a quiet year. But i’m forever grateful that at the end of this strange old year, I’m still in a lucky position in my job, relationship and home.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! Thank you so much for supporting me and my slice of the web, I’m so excited to continue my journey with you throughout 2021.

Planning our New Home – Lounge mood board

We *should* be about 4 weeks out from having the keys to our brand new home! And since we have been practically homeless for over a month, our main focus has been making our new place as comfortable and ‘us’ as possible.

The great thing about a new build is the blank canvas it is, but it’s also very generic and very samey. With that in mind, we are keen to inject personality and flair into what could be a very boring box. We’ve been brainstorming interior ideas and styles for weeks and I’m at the stage of sharing our new home mood-boards.

Over the last week, me and my husband have been off and quiet literally exploring every single home store, searching for inspiration and new ideas to inject into our new home. And it worked, we found colour palettes, styling ideas and key pieces to nab to transform our home.

So here is the low down on the mood-board and the vision for our Living room.

The Space

We are incredibly lucky to have a space that is rather big for our cosy sofa and ample furniture for storage and style. It’s flooded with light from our window and double doors out onto our patio and expansive garden. We also have lots of wall space and some storage too with the cupboard under the stairs being accessed from our lounge.

The Vision

The idea of our home is improving on the style and decor we had in our apartment, and that is true to every room. As much as we adored our previous green, we are looking to adopt more colour.

The colour palette

Graphite is the key undertone of our home, with our graphite kitchen and black furniture pieces, so will be ever present in our living room. The deep blue / green and rich, dark orange will be key features on the bland walls.

We felt like it was a nod to our previous living space and style, whilst adopting new colour trends that will compliment new and old home pieces.

We did love the idea of a dark and moody space, but the fear of making the entire house a monochrome home was real – no disrespect to the monochrome, but our kitchen is going dark and we just didn’t want to overdo it!

The Styling

Our previous furniture is still very much loved, so we are injecting more pieces from the range, whilst styling the ones we had. We will add cosiness into the expansive room using texture and layers. I love the idea of layering numerous rugs to introduce a variety of colours or patterns.

We will also be carrying over our tribal styling pieces, whilst introducing simplistic, modern pieces too.

This is the first time I have created a full mood-board for our own home and honestly, it’s the best practice to visualize a space.