We have a house!

It feels like it's been months since I've sat down an my laptop and just written. No pictures pre-planned and taken, no real idea for a theme- but just sat and typed. When I first started this blog it almost acted like a diary in many ways, and I love looking back to old posts and seeing what I was getting up to, and how I was feeling going through so many big milestones (read: leaving uni, moving away, coming home- you know the drill). Last week I moved out of my family home with Joe and into a home of our very own, and it certainly marked the beginning of a new chapter and felt like a huge leap into adulthood...

The night before I was sitting in my bed- in the bedroom I've been in since the beginning of secondary school- the room that has seen pre-GCSE tears, first boyfriends, desktop MSN conversations and endless best friend sleepovers. Shelves were packed up, boxes were piled around the room (with rouge magazines, letters and make up bits that I still hadn't quite found a home for)- and it all felt very surreal. Moving house is one of the most exciting feelings in the world, but I didn't realise how overwhelming it could be too.

Don't get me wrong, I know how lucky I am to be into a home with the person I love in somewhere that couldn't be more perfect. My god, I feel so ridiculously fortunate, and it's moved so quickly that I haven't really had time to process everything. Water bills. Gas and electricity. Council tax. Is this adulting?

Part of me doesn't quite feel ready to grow up. I'm 24- and I know that is grown up. My mum had me when she was my age, married to my dad and in their own home- this. is. normal.- for goodness sake woman! I know I'm not jumping the gun- but hey, I just love being at home. I love my little family and the silliness we share, I love seeing them every day and they make me happier than anything in the world (alongside Joe). Of course I'm excited to have my own space- I cannot wait. But I suppose it's the unknown, it's the forming of new habits and new routines and traditions. It's just the new.

But yes- it's been seven days since we moved, and although we had a holiday planned for this week and we haven't had much time to settle there- I already love it. It's already felt abuzz with visitors, hundred and thousands gingerbread from the neighbours and first nights on new mattresses. Unpacking will take a bit of time (conveniently we hadn't ordered any shelving or storage before we moved in)- but I'm already looking forward to lazy evenings in the garden, cooking and serving on our very own dinner table, and thinking up ideas on my first ever desk.

Obviously I'll be documenting it all here too- interiors ideas, room makeovers and perhaps even any dribs and drabs of advice on first time buying I've acquired? Is that even interesting? Let me know! SO YES! That's life in a nutshell right now. We don't have internet for another week so hopefully things won't take too much of a backseat (I know I missed a video upload, so I promise that won't happen again)- but I wanted to formally introduce this new chapter (ahem) and hope you'll be up for joining in with the ride? I'll be uploading a vlog next week of the big move, but for now I thought I'd just sit down for a little chat and fill you in with things- because if I can't do that here, where can I? Same time next week?

x
We have a house!

It feels like it's been months since I've sat down an my laptop and just written. No pictures pre-planned and taken, no real idea for a theme- but just sat and typed. When I first started this blog it almost acted like a diary in many ways, and I love looking back to old posts and seeing what I was getting up to, and how I was feeling going through so many big milestones (read: leaving uni, moving away, coming home- you know the drill). Last week I moved out of my family home with Joe and into a home of our very own, and it certainly marked the beginning of a new chapter and felt like a huge leap into adulthood...

The night before I was sitting in my bed- in the bedroom I've been in since the beginning of secondary school- the room that has seen pre-GCSE tears, first boyfriends, desktop MSN conversations and endless best friend sleepovers. Shelves were packed up, boxes were piled around the room (with rouge magazines, letters and make up bits that I still hadn't quite found a home for)- and it all felt very surreal. Moving house is one of the most exciting feelings in the world, but I didn't realise how overwhelming it could be too.

Don't get me wrong, I know how lucky I am to be into a home with the person I love in somewhere that couldn't be more perfect. My god, I feel so ridiculously fortunate, and it's moved so quickly that I haven't really had time to process everything. Water bills. Gas and electricity. Council tax. Is this adulting?

Part of me doesn't quite feel ready to grow up. I'm 24- and I know that is grown up. My mum had me when she was my age, married to my dad and in their own home- this. is. normal.- for goodness sake woman! I know I'm not jumping the gun- but hey, I just love being at home. I love my little family and the silliness we share, I love seeing them every day and they make me happier than anything in the world (alongside Joe). Of course I'm excited to have my own space- I cannot wait. But I suppose it's the unknown, it's the forming of new habits and new routines and traditions. It's just the new.

But yes- it's been seven days since we moved, and although we had a holiday planned for this week and we haven't had much time to settle there- I already love it. It's already felt abuzz with visitors, hundred and thousands gingerbread from the neighbours and first nights on new mattresses. Unpacking will take a bit of time (conveniently we hadn't ordered any shelving or storage before we moved in)- but I'm already looking forward to lazy evenings in the garden, cooking and serving on our very own dinner table, and thinking up ideas on my first ever desk.

Obviously I'll be documenting it all here too- interiors ideas, room makeovers and perhaps even any dribs and drabs of advice on first time buying I've acquired? Is that even interesting? Let me know! SO YES! That's life in a nutshell right now. We don't have internet for another week so hopefully things won't take too much of a backseat (I know I missed a video upload, so I promise that won't happen again)- but I wanted to formally introduce this new chapter (ahem) and hope you'll be up for joining in with the ride? I'll be uploading a vlog next week of the big move, but for now I thought I'd just sit down for a little chat and fill you in with things- because if I can't do that here, where can I? Same time next week?

x

38 comments:

  1. I cannot wait for you vlog and more house related post ❤ Congrats Olivia and I hope everything goes great in this new chapter of yours.

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  2. This is so exciting. I'm so happy for you guys. From these photos I can tell that your home looks beautiful. Can't wait to see more of it. xx

    Antonia || Sweet Passions

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  3. This all sounds so exciting! Congratulations! I can't wait until I can move into a house of my own in a couple of years, maybe less (although let's face it, it'll be renting and it'll be a flat).

    Very excited to read about your interior design ideas and house details, one of my favourite types of content :)

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  4. ah such a beautiful little home, wishing you all the happiness in your new adventure!

    katie xx lacoconoire.com

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  5. Ahhh this is so exciting! I'm absolutely made up for you both!
    My boyfriend and I recently moved into our first place together - although slightly less stressful as we're renting rather than buying - and it was so overwhelming but just SO amazing to finally be living together in our own little space we can call home!
    I can't wait to see your interior posts and general homey content! XO

    LJLV | Alternative Fashion with a Luxury Twist

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  6. So happy for you! I have read your blog for years now and I am such a huge fan! My boyfriend and I are currently looking at buying our fist home too! Any info and advice would be amazing ! Congrats to you both xoxo

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  7. Congrats guys! It looks gorgeous! I have read your blog for years now so this is so great to see what you have achieved ! Myself and my boyfriend are currently house hunting for our first home too so any info and advice would be amaze ! Congrats again xoxo

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  8. This sounds very exciting! A big life change such as moving out on your own may be overwhelming but it's sure going to be fun. Enjoy!

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  9. Ah so exciting, congratulation! I'll be looking to buy my first house soon, so I'd be interested in posts on first time buying!

    I think everyone feels the same way about adulting! It's scary, but we're doing it :) xx

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  10. This is so exciting, it looks beautiful and I can't believe you guys have managed to buy in London under the age of 25, you bloody legends! Enjoy settling in :)

    Becky | Adventuring & Things

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  11. Congratulations to you and Joe! Everything looks beautiful, I can't wait to see more of it. All the best,

    Sara - She Who Is Short

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  12. Congratulations Liv, so happy for you! Your home looks lovely and very jealous of the tub! I look forward to more interior posts :) xx

    Lauren Rose: laurenrosestyle.com

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  13. I really like your diary style posts more than the others. Keep it up!

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  14. Congrats! It looks awesome so far. It can be weird to be out on your own, and settling into your new home, but in time you'll get used to the transition.
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  15. Congratulations!! I'm so excited for you and the future interiors posts x

    Caterina | caterinasosso.com

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  16. Yey!! I love it - such a beautiful home 😍 Xx

    Lindsay | www.lindsaydavison.co.uk

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  17. I couldn't be happier for you and Joe! In that first photo he looks SO ecstatic (is this how you write it?) and I feel like it's about time that you guys take this leap. I guess on this stage of your relationship, it's no longer a leap (?) because I feel like you guys would know each other so well. If you have any updates on the home planning and stuff, I would love to take a peek (maybe some kind of homeware haul video?). An apartment/room tour would also be something I'd be interested in!

    Alive as Always

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  18. I actually cannot wait to see your home content, I know it's going to be a dream - that bathroom is goals already.
    Good luck with the big unpacking!
    Jen, Velvet Spring x

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  19. Your bathroom is actual goals! I really want to own that bath table thing, perfect for eating whilst in the bath ;)
    I can't wait to move out one day, I have lived in the same house my entire life (apart from the houses I've lived in at uni but that's not the same) so can't wait to read more of your upcoming posts

    Lily | www.covetluxe.co.uk

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  20. Love this post! x

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  21. Awww!! The best feeling ever!! Congratulations!!

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  22. Love this, so exciting for you guys! I also love a good interiors post - that bath is dreamy!! x

    http://www.stylepetal.co.uk

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  23. The interiors are so beautiful! You've definitely made it look like a home xx

    A Little Treat | Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

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  24. this looks great! congratulations on your new home!
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  25. How exciting, congratulations Liv and Joe! Your new house looks just beautiful. Can't wait to hear more (and maybe see more.. I'm a nosey parker!).

    Sarah x
    shewasadaytripper.net

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  26. Big congratulations! Getting our first home was so exciting. Can't wait to read all about your new home x

    Jenny | LuxeStyle

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  27. This is so exciting! Congratulations! It is a very big, but I think also a fun step. I am sure there is a lot to write about as well, and I am eager to read and see more of it (I love flat and decoration posts) :)

    Lii
    https://byliil.wordpress.com/

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  28. I'm so excited for you guys!! I can totally relate about the newness of growing up. I just moved back home after graduating from college (or uni lol), and I'm ready to move out but the idea of it is also sad and scary. But, I'm loving the little snippets of your house already, can't wait to see more!

    -Amanda
    http://wanderlustandwardrobes.blogspot.com

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  29. Massive congratulations Liv, love this post.

    Jess
    www.liljess.co.uk

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  30. Your place is so cute! Congrats babe!
    Be sure to check out my latest blog post!
    x. kritsida
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  31. I love this!! I miss you so much back here in CA and it is really cool to see you and Joe's new house! Can't wait to come and see it in person!

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  32. Huge congrats again on the new place, and I know what you mean about the adulting -my parents had a place at 21 and me at 26, and I feel so behind but know I am an adult also, such a conundrum! Your bathroom looks so cute, that mat!

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Beauty Wellbeing

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  33. Congrats!! Moving is so emotional and such a mix of emotions too. I'd love to see your interiour content - I'm a huge admirer of your style, so getting a proper peek into your home would be an inspiration, as I've just moved into a proper flat myself.

    x
    selfmadeblog.ee

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  34. Congratulations!! The place looks blommin' amazing! Looking forward to seeing interior posts :)

    Hannah x
    Paloma in Disguise

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  35. This is SO exciting and I have MAJOR bath envy :) xx

    lurchhoundloves.com

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  36. I'm moving out soon too, and I'm also so nervous and full of energy. I might not be moving in with my partner like you are, but I'm still super excited to create new habits with my girls. I'm excited to have to decorate and furnish our home. I'm excited to see what you come up with in your home (I know, a lot of excitement in this post)! xxx

    Melina | www.ivefoundwaldo.com

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  37. Congrats on your new abode. Adulting may sound hard but most of it is loads of fun! Enjoy. Your pad looks beaut, by the way.

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