We moved in on Saturday meaning we have spent four sleeps in our new home and downstairs is looking pretty good, if I do say so myself. We’re lucky that it hasn’t needed decorating and is to our taste already, unlike upstairs but that’s for a different post!
Our kitchen, living room and dining room is all open plan meaning there is lots of space for Mini Roversi to crawl around and practise his walking…or falling over as it currently stands. It also means he can see me when I’m in the kitchen and (hopefully) this will cancel out the squawks I usually hear when I leave the room!
Our TV unit is from the BESTA range at IKEA. It’s a large range of various sized cupboards with different drawers, doors and shelves which you can mix and match to suit your needs. My main criteria was that it needed to be black (to bring the black through from the kitchen), it needed to be high so that Mini Roversi couldn’t bash the TV like he did in our last house and it needed to have doors so I could hide all the crap behind it! It’s fair to say that divorce was nearly on the cards at one point with myself and the hubster during our BESTA selection. We both a agreed on what we wanted however trying to find it and work out how much it would be proved more difficult. In the end I had to take a breather and focused on something else, when I was ready to talk about it again my other half had sort it – fantastic! The only problem we found (when we got home I might add) was that in order to change the channel on the Sky box, the door has to be open! Doh! So I’m going back today to get a smaller door, thus having an exposed shelf for the Sky box (cue lots of shouting “No!” at Mini Me as he presses all the buttons on it….
Now you may be wondering where all the toys are….well check this out!
PLAYROOM! What a dream! My plan is to leave the walls white and get some NYTTJA frames from IKEA which I will put some children’s art work in to brighten up the walls. The CIRKUSTALT aka the Circus tent is also an IKEA bargain at £17! As you can see, Mini R loves it!
My favourite bit of downstairs has turned out to be the dining area…
We already had the table and chairs which eventually we would like to swap for a larger rectangle table so that we can host big Christmas dinners! Storage is courtesy of IKEA again in the form of their KALLAX range which I think every family home needs! They do a range of different colours and same goes for the box inserts to hide toys and other things away. I chose black, grey and white with white units as it fits in with our monochrome style. I also came across three picture frames in IKEA (again!) that matched perfectly! The clock was left by the previous owners of the property and I am so glad they left it because I think it’s lovely! I plan on having a black and white wedding picture printed onto a large canvas for the other wall.
Already fitted and we paid a little extra for the house so they left the range cooker and Samsung American Style fridge in. We’ve not had to do anything and I LOVE how much cupboard space I have! So much I can’t fill it all yet! Out to left is a door that leads to the utility room, another added bonus to the house as it’s a great place to keep cleaning stuff out the way, the washing machine and it has a toilet too!
Watch this space for more updates on our Forever Home ❤