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If you've been following along here for a while, you will recall that we had planned to have sold our home quite some time ago by now.
The preparation for selling our house and returning to the inner burbs was going great-guns last year, for a good-while at least. We'd half-packed our things, sold others and thrown a ton of clutter away. Then life threw us a bit of an unexpected curve-ball late last year and for the time being, our plans have been suspended. We're staying put.
While we really love our current house, we just wish it were located elsewhere - somewhere closer to the happenings in the city. It's our goal still, to get ourselves relocated. Soon...
It's been a difficult decision to relocate. As far as houses go, our current home is really quite lovely.
Ours is a three bedroom home built in the 1980's. There's not an inch of '80's to be seen here though. Thankfully, the previous owners renovated every single inch of its shape and interior. It's effectively a new home, with some nicely weathered floorboards in the downstairs area, being the only indicator that life has been beating away here, for a few busy decades before us.
There are huge pros for buying an already renovated home. There's nothing quite as thrilling as moving into your own sparkling abode, unpacking and just getting-on with life. This is how we felt initially when we first moved in here. It was all so lovely to live in and easy to clean.
Then at around the 6-12 months mark post moving in (and right up until now), the little irritations at certain things about the place began to mount and grow. Our bathroom was (and remains) pokey for a family of eight. We seem to lack an entire living area despite the open-plan nature of our home. It's so dark inside in our downstairs areas, and the colour of those walls - a dull olive green (which looked so cool and inviting on our initial inspection) now send us crazy with irritation.
Sure enough, having lived in our home over time and with the benefit of hindsight, we now dream of new, brighter wall colours and new doors in several rooms (something with character and glass panelling would be ideal). Even new floor coverings are being considered. All this constantly stirs in our minds and conversations frequently, despite our plans to leave in the near future. Perhaps it's just our own way of implanting our unique mark on a home that found us, with none of our own brand of creativity within.
So right now, there's been lots happening on the home-front to improve our grasp on this homeliness we crave. We've purchased a new modular sofa to comfortably accommodate us all. There are new window coverings ordered. We've installed a brand new central heater and more new furniture is planned, just as soon as we can decide on the style we're comfortable with.
It's taken us a long time to learn that it's so important to be comfortable where you live, no matter what your current or long term plans may be.
If you find you're also in a similar situation to us, you might consider ways to invest in your own search for homeliness within your living areas, which are inexpensive and beautifying. It might be as simple as replacing or updating your furnishings and colour schemes. Or you might be considering a new look entirely for your home - walls, windows, a new kitchen or bathroom.
If floors are on your agenda, make sure you take a look at ColorTile, who are a leading Australian company with seven showrooms based in NSW. They have an impressive selection of durable and low-maintenance flooring and bathroom solutions to make your home contemporary and with budget-friendly prices. Imagine your home with some gorgeous timber look tiles, modern concrete-look tiles or these stunning travertine natural-look tiles. (If you like these looks, you can speak to a ColorTile consultant directly on 1300 948 367.)
So, how about you? Does your home feel homely? Does your home irritate you in similar ways? How do you make your own home feel homely? Do you have any tips to share?