I feel incredibly fortunate to have completed on the purchase of our house JUST before ‘lockdown’ (a.k.a social distancing due to COVID 19) began. I am in love with our house and more than happy to spend time inside of it’s walls, particularly if it means helping reduce the impact of this persistent disease that seems determined to blight the world’s population. I won’t devote much time to sharing my opinion on the disease and its impact, however I truly hope everyone is keeping safe and well. This disease is, in my opinion (for what it’s worth!), a reaction to the way we have treated the planet; Mother Nature is crying out for us to slow down and give her some breathing space to heal.
I am writing this from the living room of our new home, sitting on the cushion of our sofa that won’t fit through the doorway. It’s been a tiring but wonderfully satisfying week of packing, unpacking, cleaning, more unpacking, more cleaning, a little bit of sleep and a much needed bath or two. Our house is located between Bath City centre and the surrounding hills of the Somerset countryside. Dated 1903, it comes complete with charm, solid stone walls, pretty cornices and is a pure joy to be in. I fell in love with the house the moment I stepped inside it back in October and knew it would be ours. It’s taken the best part of 6 months to get here, but the wait only made the move more exciting, and both Matt and I more appreciative of our first house together.
For anyone who knows me it will come as no surprise to learn that I have been planning the interior of the house for the last 6 months. A multi-passionate creative to the core, design is something I can’t do halfheartedly, nor leave to someone else. It is like a giant canvas, ready for dreams to be painted on.
The living room as it was when we moved in
The hallway ceiling arch feature!
The house is in good condition, just not to our taste. No structural work needed (for the time being anyway - roof conversion anyone!?), just decorating. We had hoped to start painting this week, however deliveries are slower than usual and the paint is still working its way to us. In the meantime, the living room and dining room wall paper has come down, I have been sourcing new (new to us, generally old to others) furniture, and Matt has been working his magic green fingers in the garden (we have our own garden at last!!).
I am excited to share the progress of our house with you. I hope it will be a reflection of both mine and Matt’s personalities and passions and that it inspires and delights you in the way that seeing and experiencing beautiful interiors delights me. Expect some art deco glamour, bohemian electicism, Japanese Buddhism and plenty of colour.
I’ll also be sharing updates and insights on my personal instagram page @sarah.jane_life if you’d like to keep in touch.
Take care and enjoy being home. Who knows, perhaps it’s time to rethink the colour of your kitchen walls, or finish off that DIY job you started 2 years ago!