Thursday, 6 November 2014

Home sweet home: a tour of our flat...

Moving home is the most stressful thing that Mark and I have done this year. I never knew how much stuff you could cram into a flat until I had to sort through it all! I managed to get rid of about 10 bags of clothes in total and we also managed to declutter all the useful paperwork (a.k.a. Dominos leaflets) that we had accumulated. Our new flat is also a 2 bed flat but it is slightly smaller so we had to be really brutal and use our space more carefully but I'm really pleased by the set up we have now. We have a real mix of furniture and homewares but it really feels like home which I think is the most important thing :) The fact that it is only 10 minutes walk from town and has plenty of room for house parties is just a bonus really! ;)


We had some really lovely cards when we moved in and I didn't want to take them down as they really cheer the place up! This table was in our old lounge but has now been folded down and moved to act as a hall table. I was really pleased to be able to use my shell letter holder too. I picked it up in a charity shop in Stow-on-the-Wold three years ago (!) and I have never really had a home for it until now...


Our living room is one of my favourite rooms, it is so light and bright. It is a really unusual shape as it is on the outside curve of the building but we still managed to fit our furniture in which I am quite impressed by...


I love how bright our footstool and cushions are, they really help to brighten up the magnolia colour scheme! These pictures were a gift to Mark on his 18th birthday and although neither of us have been to New York, we will make it there one of these days...


We are definitely not the minimalist types, every side is filled with knick knacks, photos and far too many owl trinkets- what can I say, I am obsessed! This canvas was a gift from my parents last Christmas as me and my sister's loved the one that they had in their kitchen and so we all got one for Christmas which I love. It also reminds me of all the good times we had in Rome too which is no bad thing...


Buttercup, our cow canvas was a birthday git from my friend Matilda to make up for the fact that we had to leave the cows behind when we moved- isn't she lovely?! My parents have always been fans of Ercol furniture and I have inherited their love of the clean lines and 1960s shapes, even if Mark isn't so keen!


We unwittingly managed to create a turquoise theme throughout our house and even the ironing board matches! Until I sort the spare room out, this is the closest thing I have to a library corner and now we have a footstool over here (ILU Tiger!) I couldn't be happier to curl up with a good book!


Our balcony is probably the best part about our new flat and although the view is slightly less pretty than our old one, the novelty still hasn't worn off! 


Our new kitchen is lovely and we even have a DISHWASHER which is the most exciting news ever. Hooray for snazzy kitchen appliances!


Ahem. We will brush over this room as it is our current dumping ground and graveyard for all of our empty boxes. I will sort it out at some point, I promise...!


Our bedroom is my favourite room in the house- it is absolutely huge and has enough built in wardrobe space to fit all of my clothes in which is a minor miracle! We also have an en suite which I love- I have been properly spoilt with this room!


God bless IKEA and their wonderful storage solutions, I don't know how we would store my shoes otherwise!

How do you make a rented property feel like home?
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The Style Rawr said...

I love how bright and colourful your flat is! It's very you! :D

Tara x

Chloe Martin-Brown said...

Love that you're not into minimaslist- I kind of am, the only ornaments we have are some framed prints that hang on the walls, and whilst that's necessity now, I quite like clean space- that said, a flat like yours would probably cost more than my salary per month to rent, so I don't think I'll have to worry about having too much space. So glad you're getting settled in your new place, it's lovely.

char said...

Love the flat and I'm very much a fan of the clutter :)

straydogstrut said...

Ah it looks beautiful! Such nice accentuating pieces and well done on your unintentional colour scheme. I like a bit of minimal but we haven't a snowballs' chance of achieving it. Every surface has a knick knack on and every wall is covered. I love all of them but it does make the room feel 'busy'. Time to have another de-clutter I think.

laura said...

You're making me so excited to move out! x

MissPond said...

Love your flat! It always takes time to settle in, I moved in with my OH over a year ago and only recently sorted out our dumping ground! :)

Jo said...

I love your unintentional turquoise colour scheme and the Ercol chairs are gorgeous. Nothing wrong with a bit of clutter either. I think that's what makes houses homely. It shows a bit of character.

Winnie said...

It must be so much fun decorating a new place! I love the turquoise theme Maria :)

Polkadot Pink said...

You've made such a homely space! I've been living in my house for almost three years, it's still yet to feel like home. I firmly believe that it's the people that make the home <3 I can't wait until I can live with my other half! Looks like you've found an amazing space, wishing you every happiness there xx

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