Friday, 19 March 2010

Our House

I wanted to do an end of week post but wasn't sure what to write about as today has been rather uneventful and very mundane. So I thought I would give you a little tour of our home.

Our house was built in the 1880's and is an end of terrace cottage. It was originally a two up and two down with an outside loo but after several extensions it is now a small three bedroom cottage. We have lived here for nearly 12 years and this is probably our last year here as we are planning on selling in the next six months. We need a bigger house with a bit more living space. The downside of us moving is that we love, love, love living here. We got married whilst living here, brought home our two babies to this lovely little house and have generally had a very happy twelve years here. Our neighbours are lovely, we can walk to school and to the village shops. I think it may take us some time to find a bigger house that has all the things that we want.

It looks a bit scruffy from the outside but that's part of its appeal.

We have a little slate tiled porch that leads through to our lounge.

I'm not at all into the minimalistic look, I like lots of stuff around, photographs, nic naks, cushions galore. I like our house to feel homely and love finding little bits to fill it with.

Our kitchen and dining room is a lovely soft creamy primrose, which is a lovely sunny colour to cook and eat in (the kitchen was all the rage when we fitted it 10 years ago - honestly). As you can tell, I like stuff out on display and have a strange addiction to classic styled kitchen gadgets (usually cream coloured). I dream of owning a Kitchen Aid mixer one day - blimey how sad does that make me!!

As you can see we have very steep open stairs. When we moved in there wasn't even any banisters. Daisy and Alex have each fallen down them at least once when they were little even though we did have stair gates (luckily it wasn't from the top).

This is Daisy's room, its cream with one wall papered in a very pretty Laura Ashley butterfly wallpaper. She loves soft toys and has way too many. Both my children take after me for their love of stuff everywhere. This drives P nuts, he doesn't really do "stuff" and is constantly muttering about the quantity of clutter we have.

Our room is a deep teal colour and has one wall of Cath Kidston mono rose wallpaper. I try to keep our room clutter free just to keep P happy but as you can see we have plenty of cushion and my bedside cabinet is always pretty full.

Finally Alex's little room, it has a funny slopping ceiling but it's just big enough for a six year old boy and his collection of Star Wars toys and lego sets. Actually its not that small and does also contain a book shelf, desk and chest of drawers and a built in wardrobe/cupboard. I tried photographing the other side of the room but is a Star Wars cluttered mess of built lego sets and playmobil toys.

We have bought the paint and paper to decorate (bought it last April) but just haven't got around to doing it. I think we might give it a lick of paint even though we are planning on moving. He choose some pale blue star wallpaper from Laura Ashley, which will look lovely if it ever gets put up.

Alex absolutely hates his bed, and desperately wants a normal bed i.e not a cabin style bed. However, you would not believe what junk is hidden behind his little bed curtains. It hides a multitude of toys, so I'm not sure a normal bed would be such a good idea.

Anyway that's my post done, I hope you liked the guided tour, its not a big fancy house but its our little home and we love it here.

I hope you all have a great weekend planned, we are going to the school's two day craft fair this weekend, which is normally very good and the kids have birthday parties to go to as well.

I have cakes to make for the craft fair and am planning on finding some time to learn a few more crochet stitches (I still plan on making a granny square blanket eventually).

Enjoy whatever you do.

Alison X


  1. what a lovely home :-) is that a floor cushion in the union jack design? can I ask where it is from?
    I like the minimal look but its never going to happen for me with a 5 year old and 8 year old so I do try but there stuff just takes over! we have just replaced my sons bed with a normal one and each day was a different opinion! cabin bed, normal, cabin bed, normal -he chose the normal single in the end but I cant help thinking of all that storage space we have missed out on :-D
    Lesley x

  2. Your home is lovely! Very homely. Don't apologise for your kitchen it looks perfectly good to me. It doesn't matter how big or small your home is, home is where the heart is.

  3. Thank you for the tour around your lovely. cosy looking home. I too like nic nacks especially photos of loved ones and snuggly cushions...a home can never have too many of either!

  4. Thank you for showing us round!! You have a lovely home!!! It's filled with all sorts of lovely things, but the thing it's filled with most is love, that comes shining through!!!
    Have a great weekend!!

  5. Hiya

    I've just found your blog and I am also an AliJane! I think your house is lovely, lots of beautiful things making it a real home. Thanks for sharing!

  6. What a pretty house! I love your kitchen! I think we hav ethe same bed too, your bed is the same as the one I have in my spare room!!!