Friday, 25 May 2012

Putting Our House on the Market

My husband and I have made the monumental decision to put our house on the market. I say monumental because we are yet to secure the property we really want to buy. We have decided that we'll be proactive and try to get ours sold, so we are in a better position to negotiate. There is the chance that this may all go pear shaped and leave us homeless! I'm just being a little dramatic there, as we can always rent somewhere until something else comes up, but we REALLY want this new house and are just praying that it all works out in the end.

Anyway, my anxiety levels are rising as I think about the photographer coming on Monday to take photos, then there are the Open For Inspections that we'll be having in June. I've never gone through this process while still actually living in a house and it's a little odd to think about strangers walking through our house, looking at all of our things, while we aren't there! We trust our agent of course, but it's still a strange process to go through.

So whilst I'm busy getting our house looking as good as possible, I'm also have little daydreams about what we'd do with the new house (who can resist the daydreams?) so I thought I'd post a few photos of the rooms I'd love to use as inspiration for our (hopefully) new home!

I absolutely love EVERYTHING about the above property. The crisp white interior with the wooden beams, neutral palette and hints of seafoam green are my idea of perfection.

I'm sure I have posted the above photograph before, but I just love this room. We have thrown around the idea of putting our girls into one room for a while and I think that if we do make a move then we will definitely do it. I think it's nice for siblings, especially sisters, to share a room when they are little. I'm sure as time passes and they become teenagers they'll want their own space, but it would be lovely while it lasted.

Another example of a fairly neutral palette but with a WOW factor photograph. I love the idea of doing something fantastic like this with a great family photo. Many people seem to dislike photos (especially family ones) and prefer artwork. In my opinion, no family home is complete without photos of the family that reside there!

The simplicity of this bathroom really appeals to me. I've mentioned before that I like white bathrooms, white kitchens and white bed linen, as I like being able to see that they are clean. But I also like white in a bathroom because it's not too fussy and allows you to relax in the bath without being visually bombarded.

Wherever possible I think it is a great idea to have built-in bench seating or banquettes. I remember Sarah Richardson once saying on her show that she had fond memories of her mothers room because it had a sofa in it. She loved that she had a place to sit or sneak in and sleep in her parents room. Our girls also love to be in our bedroom and seating like this would be great for chatting away or giving them a sneaky place to creep into at night (although who am I kidding, our eldest always ends up in our bed!)

Have you ever done anything crazy like selling your beloved family home in the hope of securing your dream property? As much as it will pain me to sell this place and still not end up with the other house, I think I'd be more disappointed if we just let the possibility pass us by without REALLY trying to get it. Wish us luck, we may just need it!


  1. Wow! You are brave. Good luck with selling your home and finding a new one. Thanks for all the great pics. I am also a fan of having family pics around. They make me smile.

    1. I'm not sure if brave or crazy is an accurate description Lisa haha

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Letitia, I just popped over to your blog and will now be following. Your farmhouse looks just beautiful!