When Dan and I moved into the house we live in now, it was a complete wreck, the previous owners loved purple, swirly carpet and artex ceilings – yep it was a ‘changing rooms’ disaster zone. It was ugly, with a capital U.
We moved in when I was heavily pregnant with Charlie, and was/am extremely grateful to the help our families gave us. From plumbing in a new bathroom, to stripping the walls of ugly paint and paper. We slowly began to gut this little Victorian Terrace, starting with the bathroom, lounge and bedroom. Add the to chaos of building work, 5 weeks later I gave birth to Charlie.
So there we were, a new baby – no time or energy to do anything, so we lived in the badly decorated home, no carpets, a kitchen without a single drawer?! But it was cool, we had our home and we had our baby. Life was great. Charlie grew and when he was 8 months we moved him into his newly decorated nursery in the box room. Life started to get back to ‘normal’, renovations resumed, tackling the dining room and kitchen.
Within in months I was pregnant again with Rufus. Our home improvements took a more urgent turn. So we knocked through the kitchen/dining room to what we have today. That was nearly 10 years ago.
Fast forward to now… our kitchen is starting to look tired and cramped. Think 2 growing, hungry lads in there ALL the time. Dan and I have started on a few improvements, you may have seen the new floor go down and a hint of the new cupboard doors. But what we really need to do is push through the wall into the side return. To add much needed space and a large dining area.
Our current dining room can then become an extra lounge / family room. And the living room can remain a quiet space to retreat to (away from teenage boys!)
In my head, the kitchen will look like this (pictured above) – sparsely decorated, white and grey paint, Moroccan tiled floors and large VELUX windows for maximum light. In this image they have storage below the VELUX windows, but I think we would put the kitchen in there, and leave the other side for the dining space. it will work much better with the flow of our home.
We just need to save some pennies, and get round to doing this side return extension. Then our little space will be big enough for us to stay here until the boys leave home – gulp!
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Lou Archell, a writer, photographer, stylist and founder of Littlegreenshed. A UK lifestyle & travel blog
Lou is also a busy mum of two amazing boys and the founder of Sisterhood Camp – an annual creative retreat for recharging and empowering brilliant ladies, Lou is passionate about supporting and inspiring others whether through her workshops, writing, photography or lifestyle hacks.