Starting to make plans for our forever home

by Natalie
Mums Off Duty, Carpets

So we are moving into a new home over the summer. It’s a big thing for us as we don’t move house very often. This is only the second home hubby and I will have bought together. Many of our friends are onto their third or fourth property already!

A lot of people we know also buy properties, live in them for a year or two while renovating, and then sell them on to make a nice profit. But we buy houses to make our home, and even though our next house is only our second, we do plan to live in it for the foreseeable future.

We’re not planning to extend our family and to be completely honest, we won’t be able to afford to move for a long time anyway as the costs of moving house are so ridiculously high!

This approach does mean that it is unlikely we will ever be big property moguls, and we won’t be climbing to the top of the property ladder any time soon – unless there’s a lucky lottery win down the line. But that’s just the way it is – we buy houses to live in and love.

Our forever home

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When people talk about a forever home, you probably picture a five-bed five-bath mega mansion. But for us, a forever home is a bit more modest – a three-bed semi-detached in fact. To us, this is our perfect home.

We have enough bedrooms for our family of three, plus a spare which will be our home office and occasional guest room. I’m so excited that I will no longer have to work at our kitchen table. Having a dedicated office is The Dream, and will make such a difference to me mentally for work – a little bit of separation from the home and work space will do me the world of good. And hubby will be able to comfortably work from home a couple of days a week, easing his tiring London commute.

Buying new gives us a blank canvas

We’re buying a brand new house – as we did with our first. I know lots of people would never buy new because they feel as though they lack character, but I think what you do with the house gives it character and that it doesn’t matter whether the house is old or new. The house that we’re buying is built in Victorian style, so it is actually very interesting to look at with period features and brickwork, and the interior benefits from lovely high ceilings too.

For us, a brand new house is a brilliant blank canvas and the chance to really make it our own. We’ve already started planning the basics, starting with the flooring.

Choosing the flooring

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In our current house, we have laminate in the lounge but in the new house we fancy a change, so this time we’re choosing carpets for the lounge, stairs and bedrooms.

Laminate has served us well, and has been nice and easy to keep clean, we just feel as though carpets will feel much cosier and more luxurious underfoot. There’s nothing like the feel of stepping barefoot onto a super soft carpet. We’ve chosen carpets in a lovely grey, which should complement the rest of our furniture and is more contemporary than the beige we currently have in our bedrooms.

I am a little obsessed with grey. I absolutely love grey for interiors – you can use it with so many different colour combinations, and it really makes other colours pop.

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According to Pinterest, mustard is back and is a big trend for 2019. I’m pleased because grey and mustard is one of my favourite combinations. I find it really striking. I also think Living Coral, Pantone’s colour of the year, would look amazing with grey.

Share your thoughts

Flooring can really affect the mood and style of your home, so I’m really keen we get it right. I’m much more into interiors now than I was when we bought our first house, so I’m enjoying the whole process much more this time round. It’s probably an age thing too – I honestly didn’t think I’d ever spend so much time thinking about flooring or carpets, ha!

I’ll be sharing more posts on choosing things for our new home – we’re at such an early stage at the moment but I’m pleased to have the flooring sorted, and I’m excited to share the rest of our new house journey with you. Please feel free to share any tips you have, we need all the help and inspiration we can get!

Are you moving house this year, or doing any home renovations? Let me know in the comments.

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Flooring Superstore. All words and opinions are my own.

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