Today Olive and I went for a little walk to meet Sebastian on his lunch break, we had a house viewing booked. It wasn't a house though, it was a cottage and oh my it was a beauty. We are talking working fire place, butler sink and cream cupboards in the kitchen, wooden floors and a potential sewing nook under the stairs. I walked through the painted wooden front door and I went all heart eyes.
Olive coo-ed away whilst we wandered around and inspected the cosy cottage, picturing where our furniture would sit in each room. It was my version of perfection for sure.
Sebastian did like it too but suggested we stay put in our lovely huge town house for the time being. The cottage was more expensive per month and we would have to find new homes for lots of our furniture. As long as the agency get on to the landlord and demand a new bathroom and fixes the few things we have been waiting for all these years.
If we stay here, and we at least get our promised new bathroom, I will definitely make a trip to the hardware store and buy some paint. We have lived here for nearly five and a half years and though it mostly feels like home it really does need some love. I think a fresh lick of paint everywhere, a good clear out (which will probably take a couple of weekends!) and some new curtains are in order.
But first things first is Olive's room.
I was so ready for her to go into her room when she was four months old. The poor little lady has been quite unsettled for a few weeks now. So much so that Sebastian has been sleeping in the spare room/office on 'school' nights due to the occasional snoring... which happens to disturb the poor girl. That being send she has been sleeping like a dream ever since, hardly waking in the night now (which is a breath of fresh air from every 1-2 hours!!). I am hoping she will get a better night sleep (as well as me!) in her own space.
I am so excited at the thought that we will decorate her room as we have so many lovely pictures and prints to put up, as well as the vintage letters that spell her name which were bought for her for Christmas.
The more I think about staying and decorating the more I feel happier. I can see us staying here for a couple of years more at least, until Olive is old enough to really 'need' a garden to explore. Until then though, we are surrounded by parks and all sorts of fun days out so it isn't the be all and end all.
I am going to spend my evening scouring Pinterest for other ideas to spruce up rented properties.
Do you have any ideas how to spruce things up in a rented space, other than paint and a little move around/ switching things up?