Making your home your own

We were super lucky when we bought our home 7 months ago as it came with made to measure blinds in every room and the owners left them there. It meant not having to measure up all the windows to buy blinds or curtains and everything already matched the colour scheme in the house which we loved anyway.

We have left everything as is since we moved in, in terms of colours on the walls etc but now it’s getting closer to Spring, we have started to think about switching it up. Now I’m pretty straight forward and know roughly what I want in each room and how I’d like to change the bathrooms, but the thing I struggle with is curtains and blinds (hence why I count myself lucky I didn’t need to do it 7 months ago).

I never feel inspired with curtains and absolutely hate big heavy patterned drapes which seem to be in every home shop you look in. I have decided the right choice for me if I change them is to go for solid block colours and have found myself venturing online to find the right colours and fabrics. Direct Blinds have a huge selection of curtains as well as all kinds of blinds including roller, blackout, venetian and wooden blinds. Here are a few of my favourites from their curtain selection for my Spring home revamp and a glimpse into putting my own stamp on our home.

Ambassador Faux Suede Barley – prices from £25.95

Ambassador Faux Suede New Grey – prices from £25.95

Panama Popular Grey – prices from £34.06

You can see I like a lot of grey or neutral tones and personally I think it’s easier to add accessories for vibrancy to a neutral room than have a lot of colour in one area. I will be updating you as we go to show our progress and hopefully it will make a big difference to the look and feel of our first home.

Thanks

Laura x

*this has been a collaborative post, all content is my own and photos are direct from www.directblinds.co.uk*

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Buying our 1st Home….

Eeeek, So Bob and I are buying our first home together and are in the midst of the process as we speak. But who knew it can be such a faff! Nobody warns you apart from constantly telling you how much money it will cost you, and you pretty much know that already. So I thought I would create a little list of things that you will need to know before taking the big step onto the property ladder.

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1. The obvious thing is make sure you not only have enough of a deposit but factor in the solicitors costs as well and stamp duty. Now the rules have changed with stamp duty following last weeks statement which is fab news for us 1st time buyers. Have a look at Martin lewis’ calculator for a guide to what you will pay now.

2. Be prepared to chase the estate agents and the solicitors AND the surveyor. If you opt for a full engineers survey as some do depending on the age of the property then be ready to fire off emails and calls as and when needed. As beware, they don’t move that quickly unless pushed.

3. Read and Re-read every bit of info you get from everyone involved including your mortgage provider, as you won’t take it all in. It’s handy if you know someone who can look through it with you and explain anything worded strangely, and believe me it’s hard to understand some of it.

4. Make note of the little things you will need like toilet brush! I know it sounds daft but you will forget stuff like this. Thank goodness for our families who keep us on track and don’t let us get carried away.

5. Get a file and keep everything organised because on numerous occasions i have had to dig out something for reference and struggled to find it. Still am really so its my mission to get organised this weekend.

6. Don’t think every house you see on the website is perfect. There have been several times we have seen a “dressed up” house but when we have looked round, we have found the faults.

7. Same goes for a house that looks like it needs work. How much work will it need? and what would be the cost? Although the idea of getting to do it up yourself sounds like an amazing project, is it realistic?!

8. and finally, Do you walk in and think “I can see myself living here”? If it feels like home then the chances are in you heart, its already won you over. Go with it and don’t be scared.

Hope this has been useful

Laura 🙂

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