Sorry for the absence but what with one thing and another with the charity work I do and general manic family life I just haven’t had the time to blog. I’m hopefully back on it now though!
I wanted to give you my top tips for moving house into a house that needs work doing to it after a friend asked me whether she should consider doing similar. We moved into our house 2 years ago and we ‘re no where near finished even though it’s only a 3 bedroom end of terrace (can I blame manic family life again ?!)
My top tip after moving into a house that needed improvements is to do it one. room. at. a. time. It’s very exciting especially if it’s your first house that you can splash colour on the wall that you’ve chosen and not have to work with magnolia landlord approved!
When in that room that you’ve chosen to decorate first go in this order:
Ceilings, walls, floors, furniture, accessories. (Then when your husband spills a whole can of gloss paint on the floor it doesn’t matter as you’re replacing that carpet anyway…)
You can often find though that one accessory can provide the inspiration to do the whole room such as my bathroom, I chose the colour and tiles etc based on a candle votive I liked! (Must get around to actually putting the tiles up.)
It’s useful to live in a house a bit first to get the feel of it and to see how the light falls at different times of the year. I would suggest painting the whole house white/ cream and going from there with colour. A mistake I made was I painted the walls in the winter in my living room what looked to be a latte colour. Once summer came the lighting changed and it had very pink tones which didn’t match the rest of the decor.
So paint the whole house a neutral colour then live in it a bit collecting accessories and ideas. Put those ideas Into action but start with one room and finish it completely.
I made the mistake of doing bits of rooms here and there and 2 years later there are still rooms half finished my New Years resolution is to finish projects! (I’m working on it.)