Friday, 8 November 2013

The Little Things

Living room 2

We overlook them a hundred times a day but I'm coming to realise that it's the little things that have made this move such a good idea.

Living room 1

That extra £75 a month I'm paying in rent has bought us a few extra square feet. The dining table is no longer in the living room, better storage means that I have a proper bedroom rather than a dumping ground for all of the things that didn't really fit in the old house, the kitchen is enormous compared to anything I have ever had before and our bathroom is now upstairs. 

Kitchen 1


Kitchen 2


Kitchen 3


Kitchen 4

Better than all of that though is that it's bought calm, quiet and contentment. I hadn't realised just how much our old area was affecting me. Now I sleep all the way through the night and feel safe when I go outside in the dark. The walls are thick enough that we haven't heard so much as a peep from our new neighbours. The old house was damp and I have felt instantly more healthy since we moved. Money very well spent, I think.

Conservatory 2

There's a view across the valley from the front that shows the entire town which was quite amazing to look at with the storms that passed over a last week. We've been enjoying free fireworks shows from the window, too, and I suspect that we'll be able to spot the Christmas lights when they are switched on next month.

Conservatory 1

Every day we're a little bit more settled and sorted. I seem to be spiralling through the house and refining each room a little more as I visit.

Landing

People keep commenting that I sound upbeat and I am. In all honesty I'm in a state of shock that a) I managed, on my own, without panicking. And b) everything just fell into place, which I'm taking as a sign from the universe that it was meant to be. 
There's a part of me that is still waiting for a crisis of some kind as I'd prepared myself - first for Yarndale, and then for the move - for a lot of stress but I have coped and it has all worked out wonderfully.

Bedroom

Now is the time for other little things – carving out our daily nooks and routines in our new space. And what better time to do that than November? Perfect late autumn days where cosying up indoors is exactly where you want to be and right now I really feel the need to retreat into domestic comfort and recover from the last few hectic months so that I will be recharged and ready for the festive season.

garden

I hope you enjoyed a peek at our new home!

48 comments:

  1. What a lovely home you have created, It looks wonderful. But more importantly you sound so content and happy. You are right it is the the small things that can add up to make us calm and content.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah. And thanks for your email - I will reply tonight :o)

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  3. Wow, your house looks really nice! I love big kitchens and conservatories! I love how homely your home looks - which sounds funny to say but I mean compared to these bling show homes with everything shiny and un-lived in.Glad it all went well for you and that your settled in your new place!

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    1. Thanks, Mel. I was thinking of making the house look all polished for photos but there's no such thing in my home and it seemed silly to stage it artificially.

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  4. it was meant to be!!! I can feel how at home you are in your new house. It's beautiful bright and lovely. Feeling safe in one's environment is worth the extra money. So happy for you and your son :) And isn't it nice to be self sufficient-I bet you feel like you can conquer the world!!!

    love seeing the house :)

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    1. Thanks, Karen. I am feeling a bit like I could conquer the world right now! (after a nap, perhaps lol).

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  5. I adore your kitchen, but I adore your attitude more!

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    1. Thanks, Jen. I love the kitchen, too!

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  6. Oh, now Hannah, this house is soooo lovely! I smiled all the way through reading this post. And your new kitchen is so pretty and cosy with those red and white tiles. I look forward to seeing the baked goodies you create here.

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    1. Thanks, Jules! I used some bach walnut drops to help me adjust this time (after you recommended it the last time we moved) and I think it really helped so thank you :o)

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  7. It looks really lovely but what is important is how you feel living there - you feel good, happy and safe. You have your ideal home.
    Carol aka Dansnan xx

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  8. Oh I love it! The kitchen is so cheerful and I LOVE the windows surrounding the eating area. What a lovely place to be able to call your home. I am so happy for you! I also saw the couch and chair that I have been envious of ever since you found them. ; )

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    1. Thanks, Annette. It's a conservatory so the light comes through the ceiling, too!

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  9. Oh Hannah it looks just gorgeous! That kitchen!!! So pleased for you both xx

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  10. Oh wow. Your new home looks fab.
    I can almost see next years Veg Patch.

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  11. Your new home is beautiful Hannah, I don't know which room I like best it's all lovely. It's a home to be proud of. Well done for all the hard work you've put in to make your life better, you're an example to us all.
    x

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    1. Thank you for your lovely words, Jill xx

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  12. What a lovely looking home I am sure you are both going to be very happy there and from what I can see of the garden, it is quite a good size so you will be able to grow veg again.

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  13. Hi Hannah
    Thanks so much for letting us look around your new home. The rooms look so airy and bright, very good for the soul. You sound so happy, it's obviously been a very positive move. Thanks for stopping by my blog.
    Ali x

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  14. The pics have a nice cosy feel to them very chilled and homely x

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  15. I can feel nothing but good there in your new home. Insanely jealous of your large kitchen, looks about four times the size of mine.
    Hannah, you are such a lovely soul, so happy that I know you :o)
    Lxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    1. Aww Lucy, what sweet words - thank you! I am so happy to know you too xx

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  16. You have created such a homely home, thanks for showing us around.

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  17. Your new home looks lovely, and your kitchen looks great! Glad you are happy and settling in. :)

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  18. It looks lovely! So happy for you and Cameron. xx Wish I could get out of this house and move to one with enough space for us all that doesn't need so much doing to it *sigh*

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    1. Thanks, Natalie. I hope the right house comes along for you when you need it x

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  19. What a comfortable space you've got there, Hannah! So happy for you and wish you all the best as you enjoy the blessings of settling in more and more each day. I just love the knotty pine doors and your dining table with those windows -- so much light! Wonderful! :)

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  20. One word: GORGEOUS! I have a leetle bit of kitchen envy!

    So pleased to read that this move has had such a positive effect, well done.

    Big Hugs

    San xx

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  21. Sorry I'm late arriving (I'm in Luxembourg just now) but it's been the best housewarming party, having a nose around your lovely new home and joining in with all your friends who are pleased for you. Wish you many happy years there xxx

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    1. Ooh, in Luxembourg - fancy, fancy!!
      Thanks for the well wishes xx

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  22. loved the peek at the new house!!! so very very cozy...I can totally understand how this has brought contentment!! enjoy every bit of it!!!

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  23. Wonderful! I'm so pleased for you both (and the cat too - hope he settles quickly) :)

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    1. Thanks, Nikki. The cat is much happier now he's out and about.

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  24. Ooh look at that kitchen! I'm a sucker for a nice kitchen! I like that it opens up to the conservatory too, the light is fantastic. I love the warm fires and the pine doors too, lovely, comfortable and very homely.

    Hugs
    Brenda
    (The shaving brushes on my craft desk are used to stipple inks!)

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    1. Thank you, Brenda! And thanks for explaining about the shaving brushes :o)

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