I first set up this blog back on 14th January 2015 which is an incredible 2 years ago today, although the first year was taken up by moving house, a newborn baby & all the joys which come with it which meant that year 1 was sporadic & it wasn’t until January 2016 with part of my ‘New Year/New Me’ resolutions that I vowed to take blogging more seriously.
My first ever post was an introduction –
‘For some, their house is simply that; a house. A roof over their heads to provide them with the basic necessities in life such as a warm place to sleep, electricity to power their devices, a kitchen to cook their meals and a place they store their possessions. A house is purely bricks and mortar.’
You can read the full post here. When posting this, I didn’t in a million years expect my ramblings to become my career or allow me to work with such incredible brands from around the world.
I’ve never really gone into detail about how I came up with my blog name though & what it means.
It was actually about my first house (see the full tour here) which I bought at the tender age of 18 & went on to spend 6 happy years within those walls including having my daughter in the ensuite bathroom & walking over the threshold a married woman. Memories I’ll treasure forever.
The house was a repossession which meant blood, sweat & tears went into painstakingly renovating it. This all went on whilst I was attending a 6th form that I absolutely hated, studying topics I had no interest in (business studies, sociology & psychology) & sitting exams to get me into a university course (marketing) I didn’t really care about either. It was the ‘right’ thing to do.
It was then that I found my passion for interiors & from kitchen planning to finding nick-nacks to eventually coming across the world of upcycling (before Annie Sloan was even a ‘thing’). I immersed myself into making that house as beautiful as I could & would redecorate as quickly as I finished things.
In 2009, I had a pretty rubbish year with splitting from a long term boyfriend who mentally drained me & I lost myself along the way. I decided that enough was enough & that things seriously needed to change. I decided to drop out of university, 6 months before I was due to graduate, get myself the first job I could find & change EVERYTHING in my life that didn’t truly make me happy.
In December 2009, I met Joe at a works Christmas party & the rest, as they say, was history. He moved in to the house after 1 month of dating & we’ve been inseparable since.
I went from a very lost & unhappy person to the content mother & wife that I am now. I firmly believe that the unloved house which I so lovingly restored had a huge part to play in that.
I didn’t make the home, the home made me.
I love your blog/insta stories and I was wondering if I could ask you a question…
How did you manage to afford to buy a house at such a young age? It is such an incredible achievement for an 18 year old and if I'm honest you are a great example of someone who was enterprising at a young age!
I will do a blog post on this as I'm sure lots of people wonder!
Hey! I just wondered whether you've posted tips on getting started with DIY? I've just bought my first house that needs lots doing (not as much as your first!) but I've no idea what I'm doing or where to start! Getting lots of inspiration from here and your instagram but I just don't know how to make things happen without making a mess of things or paying a fortune for others to do it! Thanks x
I haven't too much apart from decorating but can always do a few simple tutorials – the best way to learn is youtube videos I've found & getting help from family if they are handy x
Thanks 🙂 Unfortunately the handy families are the other end of the country – albeit we're saving some jobs for them. I'm just getting frustrated looking around and not knowing where to start.. I'll get there 🙂
Love your instagram and blog 🙂 My husband and I have just bought our first house (complete end of the month) and can't wait to start renovations!
G x ohgeorgeporge.com
How did you afford a house at 18? I'm 25 now still renting with my boyfriend, we are both self employed
So we are struggling to get a mortgage even save up for that matter. Your house is amazing something I'd aspire to get later on in life! Love your posts they are making me want to buy my own house even more now lol! X