House Update – Three Months In!

Well, it’s been three months since we moved to Norfolk and although sometimes it feels like we’ve done nothing and need to do everything, looking at photographs I took of the house today I can see we’ve brought the place on a fair amount. There’s still loads to do and enormous work that’s about to happen with our loft conversion (think walk in dressing room, en suite and loads of light) and a new kitchen but we’re getting there slowly!

I’ve enjoyed buying bits for the house and making it feel homely and more than anything have got a real kick out of making the children’s rooms perfect. Florence now has my old little double school desk which my Grandpa liberated from the skip when he was a caretaker and Jimmy’s room is a super hero dream! Mainly it’s just little bits and bobs that we’ve done but the decorating of the two living areas has made all the difference! Here’s some pictures of how the house looks now and some photos of some of my favourite pieces.

One of the reasons we bought the hosue was for the porch which has benches with lids and storage inside down one side and coconut matting at the front and other side for boots. It's now the boot room and I love that all coats, hats, scarves and shoes go in here as well as school books! The flooring in the middle is sand stone and continues through the hall down stairs and kitchen!
One of the reasons we bought the hosue was for the porch which has benches with lids and storage inside down one side and coconut matting at the front and other side for boots. It’s now the boot room and I love that all coats, hats, scarves and shoes go in here as well as school books! The flooring in the middle is sand stone and continues through the hall down stairs and kitchen!
My Mum bought us this lovely bumblebee door knocker as a housewarming present.
My Mum bought us this lovely bumblebee door knocker as a housewarming present.
The garden is starting to look a bit more lively now and we've loads of plans for here. For now it's just delicious to sit in the sunshine, hang washing on the line (no garden in London) and throw open the bifold doors bringing the outside in whenever the weather is nice! Buying patio furniture was a real choice and I'm not sure if we made the right one with this table and 6 chairs from Homebase but it's done now and I guess it IS the right size. Looks better on a sunny day with the red umbrella and seat cushions that go with it!
The garden is starting to look a bit more lively now and we’ve loads of plans for here. For now it’s just delicious to sit in the sunshine, hang washing on the line (no garden in London) and throw open the bifold doors bringing the outside in whenever the weather is nice! Buying patio furniture was a real choice and I’m not sure if we made the right one with this table and 6 chairs from Homebase but it’s done now and I guess it IS the right size. Looks better on a sunny day with the red umbrella and seat cushions that go with it!
I love buying things for the garden and here's another piece by my cousin Concrete Ty. Our fire pit is brilliant fun and looks awesome!
I love buying things for the garden and is a hand made piece by my cousin Concrete Ty. Our fire pit is brilliant fun and looks awesome!
I adore having a fire place. A real fire place and having somewhere to display the birthday cards! The log cradle is by Concrete Ty (my clever cousin) and the magazine rack is from the London Transport Musum to remind us a little of London life!
I adore having a fire place. A real fire place and having somewhere to display the birthday cards! The log cradle is also by Concrete Ty (my clever cousin) and the magazine rack is from the London Transport Musum to remind us a little of London life!
We bought our sofas from Next and i couldn't be more pleased with them. Everything feels really warm in this room. It needs some sort of art work I think but I don't like to rish those sort of choices!
We bought our sofas from Next and I couldn’t be more pleased with them. Everything feels really warm in this room. I think we’re going to have wooden plantation shutters in here and in the kitchen which is the opposite side of the house as you look from the front and it needs some sort of art work I think but I don’t like to rush those sort of choices!
The garden room is in now way finished but it's decorated and I adore the sofa and chair which are also from Next and tie in with the colours in the living room. A big TV on the wall is likely and some doors to separate the two living areas imminent!
The garden room is in now way finished but it’s decorated and I adore the sofa and chair which are also from Next and tie in with the colours in the living room. A big TV on the wall is likely and some doors to separate the two living areas imminent!
Another piece by Concrete Ty is this light which he gave me as a house warming present! I adore it as it's totally unique and hand made!
Yet another piece from Concrete Ty who gave this to us as a house warming present. I love that it’s home made and unique, I’m lucky to have a local artist as a family member!
A down stairs loo needs a bit of jazzing up so I've gone with a #Shelfie and some interesting books. CENTURY is very good. I've added the cat my Granda gave me when we weren't allowed a real one in a rented flat years ago, a scented candle in a tea cup (because, well, you know) and my dinosaur air planter from Not On The High Street!
A down stairs loo needs a bit of jazzing up so I’ve gone with a #Shelfie and some interesting books. CENTURY is very good. I’ve added the cat my Grandma gave me when we weren’t allowed a real one in a rented flat years ago, a scented candle in a tea cup (because, well, you know) and my dinosaur air planter from Not On The High Street!
JImmy is thrilled with his new room! Super heroes are us! My Mum did the bones of this hand painted mural!
JImmy is thrilled with his new room! Super heroes are us! My Mum did the bones of this hand painted mural!
Florence's room is coming along. We're not there yet but we're getting there and she loves the pink theme!
Florence’s room is coming along. We’re not there yet but we’re getting there and she loves the pink theme!
She has a funny cupboard with a bit at the bottom which can't be used as it's over the stairs so I painted it with black board paint and she loves it! The desk and chair are the ones my Grandpa gave to me and are old school ones!
She has a funny cupboard with a bit at the bottom which can’t be used as it’s over the stairs so I painted it with black board paint and she loves it! The desk and chair are the ones my Grandpa gave to me and are old school ones!
This isn't a great picture but I love my hall way lights from John Lewis. I didn't have the best customer experience and one of them is missing a piece which is irritating but hopefully JL will sort it out soon and I'll be 100% happy!
This isn’t a great picture but I love my hall way lights from John Lewis. I didn’t have the best customer experience and one of them is missing a piece which is irritating but hopefully JL will sort it out soon and I’ll be 100% happy!
The kitchen and utility area is a work in progress. While the plaster dries in the loft conversion the boys are going to install my new one which will be wooden and cream with an oak work top, Butler sink and a Range style oven. I also have some great chairs from the 30's which my Mum is reupholstering for the table and then the church pew... Not sure where that will go?! LOVE my fridge though, what a brillaint buy!
The kitchen and utility area is a work in progress. While the plaster dries in the loft conversion the boys are going to install my new one which will be wooden and cream with an oak work top, Butler sink and a Range style oven. I also have some great chairs from the 30’s which my Mum is re-upholstering for the butchers block table and then the church pew… Not sure where that will go?! LOVE my fridge though, what a brillaint buy!

So, we still have more to do. Our bedroom will be in the loft and then our current bedroom will become a guest room (as it has an ensuite) come music room and the little bedroom is awaiting a purpose but I’m hoping for a really good one… Fingers crossed!

I’m really pleased with the move so far and although doing up a house is both frustrating and rewarding I’m mainly enjoying it!

Links to the pieces I have bought (nothing was gifted for review) are below.

Bumblebee Door Knocker

Fire Pit, Log Cradle and Light

Sofas and chairs

Butchers Block Table and Church Pew both 18th Century and picked up in Loose’s Emporium, Norwich

Hallway Lights

Dinosaur Air Planter

Magazine Rack

American Style Fridge 

Patio Furniture

 

14 thoughts on “House Update – Three Months In!

    1. Ooh, comment not eaten! Ha! The kitchen is ok but it’s very old and beyond cleaning so it’s got to go! 🙂 xxxx

  1. Oh my comment has been eaten. What I said was I love your kitchen as it is. I also said I adore the entrance hall but now looking at the post again I see it is a porch. What lovely photos and a wonderful new home xxx

    1. Oh don’t call it a porch Lisa! I’m only allowing it to be a boot room! (ha ha ha!) It IS a porch of course but it’s bigger than my London kitchen and so useful! 🙂 xxxx

  2. What a beautiful house. I love the bumblebee door knocker, it’s very original, have never seen one like that before.
    I also love your bifolding doors… beautiful

  3. Ooh thank you! I love a good poke around peoples homes. I love the knocker and the fireplace. And the way the indoor spce flows into the outside – party central. I visited Norfolk once as my friend grew up there. It took me a very long time to get there from London but it was worth it, it was a beautiful part of the world.

    1. Ah thank you and I love the knocker too. It takes me about an hour and 45 minutes to drive to East London, which is where we used to live, but south of the river is a bit of a nightmare! 🙂

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