We’re in London, baby!

Meet our new house!

It’s a lovely late-1800s terraced cottage in South West London. We chose it mainly for the location – it’s awesome. Minutes walk to parks, coffee shops, the Thames, good schools and great running routes. After a year of almost two hours driving every day just to do school runs, I am so looking forward to walking again. And it’s close to J’s current work, so his commute will go from 90 minutes to ten.

Of course, there are trade-offs. As pretty as it is outside, the layout inside is a little bit awkward. It’s smaller than our current house, and more expensive. It also has literally no storage other than a few kitchen cabinets, so there will be some creative organising in my imminent future.

Here’s a little tour (all photos from the listing)…

The ground floor is all open plan, with a lovely non-working original fireplace and nice wooden floors.

The kitchen opens to a teeny but cute garden.
The master is actually bigger than our current bedroom, but it has two weird built-in boxes that complicate the floor plan (you can see one below). They basically stop us putting the bed on the obvious wall, but I have a plan for that.

Opposite the master is Eleanor’s lovely, bright little bedroom.

And up another flight of stairs is Sebastian’s room. It was billed as the master, because it has an en suite shower room, but although it’s pretty big, it’s too narrow to fit a double bed. Eventually I’d like to have the kids share up here, and convert the little bedroom to an office/guest room.

It’s basically just a bunch of magnolia boxes at the moment, as you can see. We aren’t allowed to paint, but I have lots of plans for injecting colour in other ways, and I’ll share design boards for each room soon.

If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that this is our fourth home since I started this blog. This time, though, there are no more moves planned. Eventually, we want to buy somewhere, but I think it’ll be a few years before that happens. I am beyond excited to get settled, and start decorating!


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