This year, I am absolutely determined to purchase a house. We've been saving up like crazy and I'm currently in the process of gathering lots of things together to do a car boot sale with as we've lived our current house for years and years and have accumulated A LOT of stuff that we don't use or need anymore.
When we do purchase our first property, we'll be starting totally a fresh, buying all of our own furniture. In recent months, I've become a lot more minimalist with my style and I really appreciate effective storage, clean lines and no clutter now, mostly because its easier to keep clean. So basically that's the inspiration and goal for when we decorate our first home. Getting to this point will be a bit of a process and involves changing habits of a lifetime but we really want to have a stylish, clutter free space.
Alongside our saving, we have been making a note of all of the things that we'll need to buy for each room, especially rooms like the kitchen, as this really helps to give us an idea of roughly how much money we'll need to furnish our home. This is a tip that one of my best friends gave us and in fact, she bought the things on her list gradually before she bought her house. Since we're saving up and buying in a shorter space of time, we're focusing on getting a deposit together and then when we've moved in we'll have our list of everything we need complete to go out and buy the things we like.
Another thing that we've been doing is searching the internet and Pinterest for inspiration as to how we would like different areas of our home to look. I say we but its more me. My hubby and I have a very similar idea on how we want everything to look and I enjoy searching online more than he does so I tend to gather the info and then send it to him to look over! I've been looking at the different styles that I like and then looking for products that we can buy that are within our price range and accessible to us and bookmarking those pages for each room in the home.
The first room that I started with was the living room. The amount of friends that have told me that they were sitting on deck chairs for months waiting for their sofa to arrive is unreal. Living room furniture does tend to take time to arrive as it needs to be made but for a lot of my friends, their room would have been completed sooner should they have made up their mind on which sofa they wanted before they moved in! Instead, they got their keys and then spent weeks choosing which sofa they wanted!
Since we're wanting to buy a new build, our plan is to get the dimensions of the room, and start the ball rolling with ordering our sofa so that its ready to be delivered around the time that we move in. We're in no rush to leave our current property so if there's a little bit of time to wait then that isn't a problem.
I've been looking around at sofas online for ages now and have found some great ones on the Fishpools website. They seem to have a really varied range of styles in both leather and fabric coverings. While I love fabric sofas, especially crushed velvet styles, I think we will end up going for a leather sofa purely because I find that they're more durable and look fabulous for far longer.
While I love the look of a white sofa, with me and my fake tan, nail polish, clumsy eating, I know it'll not stay white for too long so I think we would be best off going for a light or dark grey. The Panamera style appeals to me the most as it has the option of a chaise seat which looks ideal for me as I love to sit with my feet up rather than off the end of the sofa!
For accessories, I think that I want to go for silver accents with subtle sparkle. I have some glittery mirrored photo frames (very similar to these photo frames from Next) that I was given for my birthday last year that would be perfect so I would just need to buy a mirror to tie that all together. There's an interior design showroom in Sunderland called TCL at Home which sell a huge variety of mirrors as well as so many other gorgeous pieces of homeware from companies like Coachhouse, Culinary Concepts, Voyage Maison and CIMC. I'll definitely be going there for a lot of our furniture and of course, a mirror.
Alongside those silver accents, I'd love some lanterns too as I think that they look great on the hearth of a fireplace. My friend has bought some from Next Home and says they're really great quality. Their Chrome Lanterns are fabulous so if they're available when we get a home, I'll definitely go for those!
I'm a really big fan of high quality faux flowers in my home as they're obviously a lot less hassle than real flowers; let's face it, I'm concentrating on keeping myself alive let alone anyone else! I have some faux flowers in my bedroom at the moment from Dunelm and they've lasted so well so that will be my first stop when it comes to buying artificial flowers.
I'm big on home fragrance too and I think that great quality candles and reed diffusers look as great as they smell so they serve two purposes. My favourite brand has to be Jo Malone and I couldn't be happier that there's now a counter in House of Fraser in the Metrocentre. I already have one of their Sweet Almond and Macaroon Candles ready to go in our home but I'd like to get one of the Jo Malone Reed Diffusers too.
Aside from that, there's just a TV and some furniture to pick but I really feel as though we need to wait to see what kind of space we have first! All thats left to do is to save up and pay for it all now!
I'd love to know if you have any tips for first time buyers and if you know of any places to look online for inspiration for different rooms in my future house? I'm all ears!
*All images kindly borrowed from the respective linked websites