My Sunday Photo!

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This beautiful Passion Flower is blooming in my garden right now.

I am delighted!

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Have a lovely day!

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An oversized clock and a duck egg throw!

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about my living room.

I have made a couple of updates so thought I would keep you in the loop.

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This corner looked particularly uncared for and a bit out on a limb.

 

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However, add one lovely oversized clock and, a duck egg throw and, I think, it makes all the difference.

I feel as though this part of the room belongs to the rest now, it seems more ‘pulled together’.

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I highly recommend taking photos of your spaces because it really does give you a different perspective when you see it in a picture.

When I saw this one, I suddenly remembered about two pictures that I had in the loft.

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So I have added my two favourite pictures of the girls as babies to either side of the mirror.

I am delighted with the difference these small changes make to the room.

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Have a lovely day!

Our House Anniversary!!

Tomorrow, we will of lived in our house for a year!

I have seen a few people write about how they arrived at their current home to celebrate such an anniversary!

I had a quick glance around the internet’s and realised that most of our old houses are on there, so I thought y’all might be interested to see how we arrived at The Glade.

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We we signed up for our first mortgage within weeks of my 18th birthday! We completed on our first, one bedroom house, in January as we got married later that summer – it’s what you did back then!

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By the next summer we had out grown that house and moved to three  bedroom mid Victorian terrace. We tore the house apart and spent a year renovating it. We lived in the main bedroom for months.

I remember being desperate for the hall carpet to be fitted before my 21st birthday.

Eventually we became a family of three there!

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Seven years later we moved to the South East and rented this little house for six months while we got to know the area.

It had been a difficult time for us because Himself had been commuting to Milton Keynes, leaving me and Ms Glade during the week. I was exhausted because I was also working full time.

Ms Glade had her first garden to play in.

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Six months later we decided to buy this house which was a 10 minute walk from the rented one.

We had some lovely neighbours and a beautiful garden.. But the pull of home,  especially Himself’s parents grew too much and, 3 years later we grabbed the opportunity to move back up North.

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We lived here for the next 12 years, welcoming Miss Glade and Jack into our family, getting on with work and educational matters. The girls were able to walk the half a mile or so, to their Grandma’s and, have spent lots of lovely times with her as they have grown up.

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One year ago we moved to The Glade.

Hopefully, this will be our forever home but it would be nice if it was finished soon!

Looking at these houses doesn’t make me sad or sentimental, I realise that home really is where ever your nearest or dearest are!

 

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I hope my wander down memory lane didn’t bore you too much, I am hoping that you love this link as much as me because, like me, you are nosy, if that’s the case, I bet it was right up your street – see what I did there?!?!

Have a lovely day!

 

* Pictures that I was missing are snaffled from RightMove!

A Duck Egg Living Room with a splash of Orange!

If you come to visit me, you won’t be shown into this room, not for any other reason except I don’t use it!

I show anyone who calls into the kitchen.  I invite them to sit at the table and I make a brew/pour a glass of wine, depending on the time of day and, generally we stay there, chatting!

However, this room does exist, it is on the right as you enter through the front door, and this is the view from the entrance.

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Looking at this picture, it seems quite cluttered but actually I think it still feels quite sparse in real life. The are two windows on the full length, right wall , that look out onto the Chapel.

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We purchased this huge mirror in 1991 and it has hung in every house we have lived in ever since.

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Now where it is hung allows the light to be  reflected from the front bay window that looks out onto The Glade, all around the room. This little nook was an ideal space for our Christmas tree last year.

In the meantime, it houses this lovely comfortable pouffe that we use for extra seating.

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I chose duck egg blue for this room very early on but quickly realised that I would need to have a darker coloured rug, one of the pit falls of having a black dog in the family. I chose orange because I think it adds interest and breaks the neutrals up a bit. It must be one of my favorite colours because I always seem to turn back to it.

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I hope the accessories also help to make the room feel co-ordinated without being too matchy.

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I  usually have flowers or candles next to the TV, I have just realised that they are missing in this picture.

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This sideboard, the two drawer chests, either side of the two sweater sofa, and the coffee table are all striped pine and, like the picture,  are all from Next. The small brown boxes are for extra strorage but don’t actually have anything in them at the moment.

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This standard lamp is in the corner opposite the door, I don’t like rooms to have dark corners and having this lamp on gives the room a lovely glow. Again this box is here for storage and extra seating.

I have plans that include a duck egg throw and an oversized clock for this corner. I will post an update soon.

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The wire basket, for the John Rocha range at Debenhams, houses the multiple remote controls on the coffee table shelf, it keeps them all in one place, but out of sight.

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I decided on a simple light fitting because I didn’t want it to look too fussy, especially because the ceilings are quite low, this one was from Homebase. The copper effect picture frames are on the bay window sill, they are from Debenhams. The rug is from Next.

That’s our living room, still a room in progress. The walls are still painted with the builder’s magnolia. I think we can paint over them now with a breathable paint but can’t wallpaper for another year.

Will we paint the walls all one colour?  or have a feature wall? What colours would you choose? I have an idea, it has to be a neutral, but I’m open to suggestions.

 

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Have a lovely day!