house before tour: the kitchen/ breakfast nook

Personally, the kitchen was odd. I guess the layout didn’t help, but the placement of the cabinets felt very disjointed. The kitchen certainly had this very functional utility feel to it. One thing I loved though was the little pantry room next to the sink and under the stairs, as well as the really high ceiling. Behind the cabinet is a fireplace. It’s a shame it is all boarded away. To the left of the fireplace housed a huge water tank. And, the floor was carpeted! A big no no.…

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house before tour: the living Room

You know the room that gives happy feel? This is the room. It has a door to the sunroom and large bay windows on the opposite wall so this room is flooded with light. The ceiling is high too. Of course, we have to revamp everything. Literally clean it all out. This room was swapped with the playroom to become our front room, purely because it is smaller than the playroom. The children obviously need more space! We can’t wait to share how we transformed this space, especially opening up…

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house before tour: the upstairs bedrooms

Welcome to our bedrooms! We love love love the space. The ceiling on room number two! However, the ceiling of room number three wasn’t to my liking. The lighting configuration was odd. The pendants were all next to the window. That was one thing that was going to change, plus the removal of the tiled fire places, hopefully restored to something a bit more grander. Bedroom no 3 was clad with in units which covered the fireplace, making it significantly smaller. It also housed another boiler so, that needed to…

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house before tour: the playroom

On paper, this is the front room. Comes with a large bay window, a 1970s fireplace instead of a 1920s one but hey. I love the ceiling in this room so much. The floor had to go, because the carpet wasn’t to our taste. The two tonal cream and white paint wasn’t striking to us either. I do love the wall paper, very 1970s! The room is north facing hence quite dark so we had to think about lighting and paint colour. WeAlso had the option of opening up the…

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house before tour: the hallway & stairs

I loved the hallway for its width and height of ceilings. However, something felt dark and eerie about the space and we knew that it needed light. The electric heater by the end of the stairs was already posing a hazard especially with kids. Also carpet for us was a big no-no. Solving the lack of light problem for us was a priority when transforming this space. Breaking down the wall to the kitchen to create a semi open plan look and converting the 2 single doors leading to the…

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why did we choose the house we bought

We bought a family 3 bed in suburban London and we are trying our best to turn it into a comfortable family home, where the little ones can grow. The house was built in 1926, pebble dashed on the outside. Internal wise, it had some unique features, such as panelled ceilings. However, the decor seemed to have halted in the 1970s. It felt bigger and more spacious than all the properties we had seen during our house search. It had lovely bay and double fronted windows, 2 garages and a…

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We stopped renting and bought a house.

Exciting changes happened over here! In notes of frustration, we got so wound up with increased rent. With that, I am delighted to finally share that we told the land lord “au revoir”, moved out and moved in with our parents whilst waiting to complete the purchase of our new house here in the surburbs of London. Frankly, I should have written about the process then but due to how things went when buying, we didn’t want to share/ had the brain capacity to share until the deal was DONE!…

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