Looking For A First Or New Home

I have to say that, at the moment, I am perfectly happy and content in my home. It is cosy and homely, in a nice area, and has the perfect school for Joe just on the doorstep. But in September next year, Joe will be at High School and the time maybe right for a move, and an upgrade.

Funding For A First Or New Home

When we bought our first home, in 2003, we were right in the middle of the housing boom, and you could still get 100% mortgage in the UK, which was handy if you had not been able to save for a deposit. Now it is getting harder to get onto the housing ladder, particularly if you are a first time buyer, even more difficult if you are a first time buyer with a low income. But if you live in the US, you may be able to get help through an affordable housing programme like the Chenoa Fund, which helps help credit worthy families to realise the dream of home ownership by providing hopeful home buyers with the financial tools to purchase a home. It takes away the problem of having to have a deposit ( a minimum down payment) which can often be a barrier, and is helping more and more families to get on the housing ladder. When combined with your first mortgage, qualified borrowers can receive a second mortgage or grant to purchase a home with little or no cash investment.

If you are able to obtain your funding for a mortgage, or through an affordable housing programme, the real fun starts as you are able to look at what you require in your new home. For me I would look for somewhere that would be both practical as a family home and yet large enough for family and friends to stay over, and there are certain features that would definitely make a home more attractive.

What to look for in a new home

1. A double garage

We have both a car and a van. One is currently parked at the back of the house, one on the road. A double garage would be both practical and a security measure too.

Double Garage from Warwick garages

Double Garage from Warwick garages

2. A dressing room.

I have a lot of clothes, more than a couple of wardrobes can handle. And despite the fact that I cull my clothing items regularly, a dressing room with some walk in wardrobes would be just lovely. I’d be happy to share it with the hubby too – he’s a bit of a clotheshorse too!

Love this!

Love this!

3. Period features.

I am not a fan of modern and new build houses, I currently love in a Victorian terrace that has lots of its original features, and would definitely be looking for something similar – a Victorian villa or a Georgian townhouse are two styles of house I truly love.

How fantastic is this Georgian townhouse in London.

How fantastic is this Georgian townhouse in London.

4. An exposed staircase and entrance hall.

One of the things about living in a Victorian terrace is that you literally walk straight into my dining room once the front door is opened – there is no entrance hall. I would love a proper entrance hall with a beautiful winding staircase exposed. Our stairs are currently hidden behind the living room door – they are steep and literally just a staircase, with no hall space.

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5. A large garden with lots of grass.

We have this currently – almost 100ft of garden with a large grassy area . The garden would need to be big enough for two sets of goals – we play a lot of football in our current garden so this is probably the most important space in the whole house and garden.

A garden big enough for a game of football is a must for my family.

A garden big enough for a game of football is a must for my family.

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What would you look for in your next home?

 

Add Film Star Glamour To Your Bedroom With These Ideas

You know those gorgeous bedrooms that you see posted all over Instagram by celebrities? Well, they’re not as hard to achieve as you would think. So if your room is in need to an update, why not go for a design that’s inspired by a celebrity home? If you have always dreamt of having a beautiful bedroom that combines luxury and glamour, you’re in the right place. Want to make your bedroom as glamorous and elegant as a celebrity’s? It’s not as difficult as you would think, here’s what you need to do: bedroom-design-huelsta-manit-2 Get inspiration If you’re not sure what design style you like, take some time to get inspiration. You’ll find it much easier to create a beautiful space that you love if you have an idea of the types of designs you like. Use Instagram and Pinterest to get inspiration for your room. Look at the different colour schemes, layouts and themes, and choose one that you like the most. Look at websites like Furniturebox, which offer bedroom furniture and accessories in a wide range of styles and tastes to give you some room inspiration (I’m obsessed with their Venetian glass bedside tables and units). Once you’ve picked out a design to focus on, look at the elements of it. Look at the decor, the style of the furniture, and the accessories that have been used. These are all important parts of the room, and things that you need to get spot on, if you want to recreate the look.

Keep the walls neutral The key to adding glamour to your room is decorating the walls in neutrals. Whether you prefer paint or wallpaper, using neutrals is a must if you want to create an elegant space. If you’re a fan of bright, bold colours and patterns, these can be added later on. (The best way to add colour to a space is through accessories, not through the walls themselves.)

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A statement bed frame You’ll find that in most elegant bedrooms that the bed acts as the statement piece. Ask any interior designer and they’ll tell you that in any sleeping space, the bed should always be the focal point. If you want your bed to act as a focal point, it needs to be a design that’s strong. This means picking a bed frame that doesn’t sink into the background, but standouts and makes a statement. One of the best ways to achieve this is by selecting a bed that’s got a headboard that stands out. Look for a design that fits with the theme of the room, is stylish and, most importantly, eye-catching.

Use accessories to add style and elegance For a room with neutral walls, accessories are crucial for adding style and elegance. There are so many ways that you can use accessories to add personality and glamour; it’s just a case of getting creative. For a room with a sophisticated vibe, it’s best to opt for designer home accessories. If you want a space that feels like it should belong to a celebrity, you need to be willing to invest.

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From patterned bedding and rugs that make a bold statement to light fixtures that add glamour, there are so many accessories to choose from. It’s just a case of selecting the right ones. Be choosy about your accessories, and ensure that they fit the style of your room, and you can create a beautiful space.

Even if you’re not a celebrity, with these ideas you can make your bedroom feel like it should belong to one. Happy decorating!

Create a Perfect space in your loft

Many people have loft conversions on their properties these days, whether it be to create extra bedrooms for an extended family, an home office, an extra upstairs bathroom, even a space for a truculent teenager to exist in without having to see and mix with any other human beings. But if I was to transfer my loft into a living space, then I would love to create a dream haven, just for me.

Creating a Living Space

We have a rather large loft space that would be perfect for transformation, and what I would most like to make in the eaves of my house would be a personal dressing room, complete with space for all my clothes and shoes. It would need a fair few wardrobes, a glamorous dressing table (I’m thinking of the one my Sindy doll had in the 1980s) and a chaise longue. This would be a girls only space (Pete and Joe totally banned) and it would be made light and airy with a skylight in the roof, with a roof blind for those days when the sun is a little too blinding. (Not that many in the UK I know, but you have to think of all eventualities.)

Stuart Jones Ltd Athens Chaise Longue £619.99 click to visit Wayfair

Storage

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I would choose my wardrobes carefully and they would each have different uses. I would have one for casual/daywear and one for evening/formal wear – I may even have one just for dresses. The room would have a vintage feel, using retro style hat boxes for storing scarves, belts, maybe even a hat or two. I would also invest in some stylish storage from Homes Direct 365. They have French style storage boxes that resemble old style luggage trunks and storage trunks that you could find in granny’s attic, which is exactly the style of aesthetic I would be looking for. I particularly love the four drawer luggage trunk, which you can almost see sitting on a station somewhere many years ago, and the Bergman Set Of 3 Storage Trunks which look like they have stored many treasures over the years.

I love that the cases from Homes Direct 365 are often hand crafted, which makes them both practical, as well as beautiful and luxurious. The vintage style is perfect for a bedroom space as both a piece of furniture and as storage, and I love that these will help keep your space looking tidy and elegant, but also look elegant in themselves.

For additional storage that could slide either inside a wardrobe space, or under a day bed, I would head to Bed Bath & Beyond which is another great destination when it comes to storage that goes beyond the mere useful and practical. My favourite colour at the moment is pink, so a hot pink Jumbo Rhino trunk would be a definite first choice, I love the colour and the leather handles and the fact that it is also durable. There is also a smaller cube version which would be a great match and would work for jewellery or cosmetics. The organizer trays would also be very useful to make your drawers really earn their keep and add some sort of system to them.

Dressing tables and a Wardrobe

The dressing table would have fabulous glass jars and Art Deco style jewellery boxes, along with vintage knick knacks I have picked up over the years, like vintage Chanel bottles and original Biba make-up.

Stackers Glass Jewellery Boxes from £22-£30 Click to visit John Lewis

 Linea DAMASK GLASS STORAGE JAR £10 click to visit House of Fraser

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Set of 4 Red Hat Boxes with Cream Lining, Gold Cord and Old French Adverts to the front. 23cm, 28cm, 30cm and 35cm £49.95 Click to visit Amazon

Rather than modern, fitted wardrobes I would scour charity and antique shops for solid wood wardrobes, especially those you find with internal drawers and mirrors. I love the 1950s mirrors that hang from a chain. I wouldn’t particularly worry about matching items to one era or time, the mismatch would be part of the charm of the room.

These are beautiful.

These are beautiful.

This would be my dream space, a haven and a retreat back to past era’s of glamour.

What would you stick in your loft if you were to opt for a conversion to your property?