At some point during this weekend, and I’m not really sure when: some time between frosty dog walks, wrapped up in snuggly jumpers (that hush Claire jumper just showing in the pic above is a favourite) hats and scarves, sipping hot chocolate, munching on home made pizza with the boys, painting skirting boards (we’ve just had new floors) and wandering around home stores looking at cushions and throws to create our perfect hygge kitchen (it’s my favourite new word), Mr E turned to me and said ‘I’m in a really good place’. He’s not one for outbursts of emotion, so that little sentence meant more to me that you could know. What with recovering financially after his redundancy, a mad couple of months of travel and the boys starting back studying, it’s been a pretty busy time, and to finally be at home, doing a bit of nesting and enjoying our little family feels great.
Ours isn’t a big house, or a particularly stylish one (my friend Rachael said on Twitter this morning that her house is battered and comfy and mismatched and not Insta-perfect, and I love that about her), but it’s created with love, and quite a lot of Mr E’s time and effort. I think I mentioned recently that he has done an absolutely wonderful job with my office. I really wanted something uplifting and colourful, and he bought a couple of cheap pieces of furniture on Ebay and upcycled them (I have no patience for this, so I’m really impressed with the results):
I’m still looking for a desk, but visiting a lovely friend of ours, Rebecca, gave us some great ideas a while back. We were lusting after her deliciously squishy, just-distressed-enough-without-looking-shabby brown leather sofa in their games room. She told us that she had just used Ebay and patience, basically setting up a search alert for anything similar within a driveable distance, and waited until the perfect item came up. She then got it delivered using a local courier (try Shiply – you basically fill in a form stating what you need delivered and from where, then local couriers bid to do your delivery. You get quotes straight to your inbox. Clever stuff).
Next to get the Mr E treatment is the kitchen. It’s the place I spend most of my time and I’d love it to be a bit more cosy. The floors are all finished (see my home update coming very soon), and we rubbed down, painted and distressed the table and chairs this summer, although now I’m finding the colours a bit TOO summery, so I’m introducing a few more grey elements like this linen throw (it’s actually a single bed throw, bought from HomeSense):
I think it’s a bit more difficult to make a kitchen feel cosy and warm (obviously the masses of fairy lights that I’m planning on draping everywhere will help enormously – I’m also currently negotiating for a kitchen Christmas tree). I love pretty scented candles, and lots of jars on display. This blue shelving unit in the utility – another upcycled Ebay find – is my absolute favourite. I’m constantly on the hunt for pretty storage jars (I’ve had my best successes in Dunelm, T K Maxx and HomeSense) to add to it too. And I’m finding copper a really good way to bring some warmth into the space as well:
And here’s the dresser top – again bought cheaply on Ebay and upcycled (I do love my Anthropologie mugs):
It doesn’t look like that any more, though – it’s now crammed with stuff – and I think I love it even more! What about you, how are you cosying up your home for the winter? Anyone for hot chocolate? xx