I couldn’t wait to put our Christmas Decorations up this year. It’s been a couple of years since we last saw them because last Christmas they were all in storage while we crashed at my Mum and Dad’s. It was so nice to see them again, and in our new home – where we’ve got a little extra space to enjoy them.
Our tree ornaments have been collected over the years from all the places Sunny and I have visited together. Whenever we go somewhere new we always try and come back with something to put on the tree and so we’ve got decorations from Iceland, Paris, Denmark, Greece, Prague… Sometimes it’s easy, sometimes you have to be a little inventive about it – like this year, we brought a wooden banana key-chain back from Madeira and turned it into a decoration. It’s our own little Christmas tradition, and it’s nice to getting the decorations out every year and reminiscing about all the places we’ve been together. 🙂
Sunny’s family are arriving today so Christmas has officially begun in our house – I can’t wait to eat all the food and binge on all the Christmas films (with my hand firmly planted in a tin of Roses). Nadolig Llawen, everyone! Merry Christmas! See you on the other side 😉
You know you’re getting on a bit when you get as excited about a new sofa being delivered as you did about Christmas Day when you were a kid (…okay, I still get excited about Christmas Day, but you know what I mean…). The reason for this probably has something do with the fact that sofas – who knew?! – usually take around twelve whole weeks to arrive. But here it is, finally! And I love it!
Buying furniture is a marriage minefield, but we seem to have got through this one relatively unscathed – which is crazy considering the fact that when it comes to personal tastes in style, Sunny pulls in one direction and I pull in the complete opposite…! How we didn’t stumble into an explosive argument on this one is beyond me. But hey ho, that’s marriage for you. I think we surprised each other 🙂
I am absolutely LOVING having a dressing table. Back in the flat I made do with a tiny box shelf in the cupboard (cluttered, dark and dusty!) so upgrading to a table, with a mirror and space to hold all my junk feels very posh and ladylike. Honestly? It seems a little selfish and bit vain to devote a whole corner of our bedroom to my split ends and poor complexion – I’m over the moon Sunny actually agreed to it when truthfully we probably could have shared the space and used it for something else – but hey, I’ll take it 🙂
All our bedroom furniture (minus the bed) is the Brusali series from IKEA. My dressing table I think is actually supposed to be a desk – but it does the job and was a steal at £40. It’s a sort of frosty white/grey colour and has three shelves for storage where I hold all my makeup and hair accessories in plastic tubs.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned since moving into the new house it’s that getting things the way you’d like them to be takes time. You know, Rome wasn’t built in a day, blah, blah, blah. No matter how much you visualise pictures, furniture and colours before the boxes are put away, you have to actually live within those four walls for a while to really decide what colour you’re going to paint them and which picture is going to go where.
Over three months have passed since we walked through that door, and we’ll still figuring it out. We’re still sleeping on a mattress on the floor and would you believe it? There’s still packing paper up on the lounge windows. *sigh* But hey, this is a work in progress, alright?
Here’s a little corner of our lounge that I’m liking right now. We bought the trunk from Homesense before we moved in to house all our DVDs and the little milking/foot stool (my new favourite thing!) is from The Range.
On top of the trunk is the Sainsbury’s Terrarium I filled a while back, along with a little marble globe and “Al” – a real Alligator head that Sunny brought back from Florida once when he was a kid. I HATED this thing when we lived in the flat, it gave me the creeps – not helped by Sunny sometimes deciding to tuck him into our bed at night before I got in. Grr! He doesn’t bother me as much any more though (Sunny still does, but that’s never going to change!), and I think he’s found his spot. He’s definitely a talking point for anyone who comes in! 🙂
Phew! The past week has been a total whirlwind; I’ve made cups of tea for more builders and handymen than for myself (that’s saying something – y’all know I’m a confirmed tea swigger), seen more cardboard boxes and packing paper than I ever have in my entire life and now own all the house catalogues. I mean it. Every. Single. One. Feel free to test me on the IKEA brochure, I know it page for page.
It’s been exhausting, but it’s also been incredibly exciting. When all the boxes arrived in the lounge after four months sat in storage, the thought of emptying them and finding a place for everything was about as appealing as a shotgun to the face… but as soon as we started unwrapping things – an epic game of pass the parcel – and favourite mugs, books and ornaments started reappearing from the void it all became worthwhile 🙂