Monday, 20 April 2015

Utility Room Inspiration

Our small Victorian terrace has a utility room surprisingly tucked into a narrow extension attached to the rear of the house. The name utility room is definitely apt for this particular room because we utilise it to the max! It houses our washing machine, chest freezer, bike gear, walking attire, coats, boots, dog leads, an extra sink and a whole lot more. When we arrive back from a dog walk and Luna is covered head to toe in mud (a frequent occurrence, thanks to living in Manchester) this is the entrance we use. Unfortunately this means that the room takes a good old bashing and is often a little disheveled to say the very least. I really want to give it a refresh but I know that it isn't quite so high on our list of priorities at the moment. Oh well, a girl can dream. And that's exactly what I do via the world of Pinterest. Below are some current inspiration ideas for our utility room. At the moment I seem to be favouring an all white scheme but I'm not sure how well that idea fits in considering the amount of mud and dirt this rooms sees.  My ideas may have to be adapted. 
This small laundry room uses simple touches, like the basket and artwork, 
to make it feel homely
Source unknown
Great use of plants and greenery in this particular utility room
Subway tiles - of course
Great storage ideas, more subway tiles and, of course grey 
will always be a firm favourite of mine
A utility room that doesn't look quite so utility-like, 
hidden white goods are another potential option
Do you have a utility/laundry/mud room? How do you combat the mess, especially if you have a mucky pup?

Claire x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Happy 'hot-cross bun' Easter

My first ever job was working in a market bakery on a Saturday. Lugging food-laden trays onto shelves, cleaning out store fridges, meeting and greeting the eclectic mix of market-goers. It was hard work but lots of fun. One of the perks was sampling the products. The delicious fresh-out-of-the-oven hot-cross buns were by far one of my favourites to devour on my break. They were delicious! 

Even though the bakery has long gone, I'll still make sure that we have a stock of hot-cross buns over the Easter period. Happy Easter!

Do you have any fond Easter memories? Or tales from your first job? 

Claire x

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Five Years in Our First Home

We recently celebrated our fifth year in our house. Goodness me, how those years have flown by and so much has happened! We got married; went on the honeymoon of a lifetime; expanded our family with the additions of our cat Bella and our puppy Luna; changed jobs; decorated *almost* every room in the house; attempted to tackle the garden; had parties, BBQs and duvet days; had our share of DIY disasters and successes, the list goes on. Our home is far from perfect but it's just that, our home, and I love it.
Number 21 - our red brick Victorian terrace house
We were fortunate enough to be able to buy our first home at a fairly young age. I was 22, fresh out of university and eager to set down roots after living in three different cities in as many years. We found our perfect first-time-buyers home pretty quickly and fell in love with the location and the feel of the house. I can still remember viewing it for the first time and how we were both unable to hide the massive grins on our faces. We knew straight away that this was where we wanted to be. 

When you take on a house for the first time you don't quite realise what you're letting yourself in for. As much as you can prepare for all the 'what-ifs' you will never be ready for every eventuality. With that in mind I thought I'd share my top five tips for first-time buyers:
  1. Live and learn - if possible you should try and live with the house as it is before making decisions about decorating. This way you gain insight into how you use the space and what you want and need from it. 
  2. You can't do everything at once - plan, prioritise and save.
  3. Take the rough with the smooth - things will inevitably and unfortunately break and go wrong. Keep calm and put the kettle on before panicking. 
  4. Call on as many favours as possible - plumbing or plastering friend? It's time to give them a call.
  5. Leave the hallway to last - this is advice that we will heed in every future house that we own. The hallway takes the brunt of the knocks and scrapes as you decorate the rest of the house. Don't put your time and energy into decorating an area which will get damaged.
What are your top tips for first-time-buyers? 

Claire x
Blogger Template Created by pipdig